Self-produced St. Louis-based Nick Barbieri has a voice that’s easy to underestimate. Soon, however, it becomes clear that beneath his offhand, casual delivery there lurks a seasoned pop-rock maven with range, craft and style. Barbieri’s brand of pop-rock, steeped in classic power-pop songcraft, is not something that’s ripe for modern hit radio, but will stroke fans who appreciate its charms. Both “Fireworks” and “The Ground” have the formula down: the first one showcases bright vocal harmonies and a tidy guitar solo, while the second one evokes comparisons to Buffalo Springfield’s Richie Furay. The grungy, downstroked “Shape of a Man” might work in a reflective film or television sequence.
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