The Ottawa Citizen, June 10, 1995
(Golden Cage/Sony 80224)
Barney Bentall, Canada's heartland rocker, goes alternative on his fourth
disc. Gin Palace has a tougher edge, deeper textures and more varied songwriting
than much of the Vancouver-based rocker's previous material. It ranges from the
bubblegum pop/rock of the super radio-friendly Do Ya to the laidback, smoe
violin-enhanced Atikokan Annie (co-written with Bruce Cockburn) , to the
fuzz-driven, streetwise Paris In Your Hair.
Recorded with a new lineup of musicians instead of the Legendary Hearts, Gin
Palace finds Bentall breaking out of the Springsteen/Mellencamp mould he'd been
stuck in. His new approach may alienate longtime fans, since his voice doesn't
even sound the same, and it's not entirely satisfying because the disc is all
over the map stylistically, but it's an encouraging move in his career, one that
is likely to attract a legion of new fans.
THE HARTFORD COURANT
June 2, 1995 Friday, STATEWIDE
SECTION: CONNECTICUT LIVING; Pg. 8
LENGTH: 444 words
HEADLINE: SUMMER'S BEST ROCK
BYLINE: ROGER CATLIN; Courant Rock Critic
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