Jefferson Airplane - Bark
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  • I give credit to Jefferson Airplane for trying out new ideas and concepts, but unfortunately, to me, they just didn't execute very well with them
  • Vocally the album is pretty solid throughout and it's fair enough musically for the most part, although not really interesting aside from a few songs
  • This record really isn't one that I particularly like and I'd definitely stay away from it if you haven't heard Jefferson Airplane yet, their earlier work is miles better
  • I like the thought of including outside instrumentation on these songs, but for this one, it doesn’t really work too well
  • Although this song still isn’t amazing by any means, like some of Jefferson Airplane’s earlier work, it’s still a lot better than some of the other songs on the album and definitely a step up


    • by Grimmy101
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      Overview - Bark, Jefferson Airplane’s sixth effort, makes it clear that the band really isn’t what they used to be and don’t exactly have that same type of wonder that they used to. Bark features a lot of new concepts including a violin in a few tracks, a track comprised of basically nothing but vocals, and even a track completely in German. I give credit to Jefferson Airplane for trying out new ideas and concepts, but unfortunately, to me, they just didn’t execute very well with them. Vocally the album is pretty solid throughout and it’s fair enough musically for the most part, although not really interesting aside from a few songs. The album starts off decently and has its ups and downs, more downs, basically until the end of the record. This record really isn’t one that I particularly like and I’d definitely stay away from it if you haven’t heard Jefferson Airplane yet, their earlier work is miles better.

      The Tracks -

      1. When The Earth Moves Again - When The Earth Moves Again has a nice balance of vocals on this track, sometimes Slick will be slightly louder in the mix but other times not so much, so it’s a nice blend. There is a violin on this track which I really don’t care for all that much, at first I mistook it for a guitar with a bad tone to be honest. I like the thought of including outside instrumentation on these songs, but for this one, it doesn’t really work too well. Musically the song isn’t great, Kaukonen’s solo is decent but nothing really all that great, and the song is honestly just carried by the vocal performance, which thankfully, is well done. Since the vocals were pretty energetic and more upbeat, at least the record starts out with a good energy.

      2. Feel So Good - Whereas the opening track was really more of a vocal track to me, Feel So Good is a bit more of a mix. Yes, the vocals really carry this song, but the rhythm that’s set up behind the vocals really adds to the overall feel of this song, especially the bass parts. Slick doesn’t sing at all on this song, I can’t really imagine her on it anyway, but the vocal melody is pretty catchy throughout


      most parts of the song and the delivery is nice as well. Kaukonen’s guitar solo is a lot better on this track, but then again Casady’s bass rhythm is probably one reason why. Feel So Good is a better song musically, particularly with Casady’s bassline and Kaukonen’s guitar solos, and although it doesn’t exactly showcase great vocal range, it showcases better use of melody as well.

      3. Crazy Miranda - To make up for a track where she didn’t sing at all and didn’t have too much piano on, Crazy Miranda is basically Grace Slick’s track. To start with the positives, Slick’s piano part on this song, particularly the first few bits of it, is great and sounds like it could create a mood very easily with fitting vocals. Now for the negatives, the thing about Slick’s vocals on this track is that although she sounds great in tone and in range, her melody really just doesn’t sound to fit very well with the music in my opinion. I’m sure that a lot of people could enjoy this song, but to me, Slick’s vocal melody just doesn’t go well with her piano line.

      4. Pretty As You Feel - The build up for this song is interesting, it isn’t exactly a build up that crescendos, but it has a bit more of a tribal sounding feel. This song is a lot more laid back than the other three songs on the album for the most part although it does get slightly louder towards the end of the song. The lyrics to this song are extremely simple and the vocal performance isn’t really anything too special in my opinion either. I will say that this track does have some interesting percussion parts and also guitar work, done by Carlos Santana, but not really enough for me to say that I really enjoy this song, it’s decent work.

      5. Wild Turkey (Instrumental) - Just like as on When The Earth Moves Again, I really don’t like the violin at all on this track, and to make things worse - it’s a lot more prominent on this song. At least on When The Earth Moves again it was honestly just a backing instrument and there weren’t too many parts where it actually had a large role, but in this song it’s doing ...


      • solos and it’s in the spotlight quite a few times. I know that Jefferson Airplane was going for a different type of approach or sound for this track, but I honestly think the song would’ve been a lot better if Kaukonen had just played the violin parts on his guitar, since they’re basically all solos. If you can stand the tone of the violin then the solos are actually pretty good to be honest, but I would’ve enjoyed this track a lot more if they were just done on a guitar.

        6. Law Man - I’m sure some people could enjoy this song but Law Man is yet another song that I just don’t see anything too special about, almost like Crazy Miranda but slightly worse. Musically the song really doesn’t have anything interesting about it at all, no solos or really anything at all, and vocally Slick sounds good in her tone but her melody isn’t anything too special either. Lyrically the song is average and overall the song is just average at best with really nothing very special about it at all, one of the weaker tracks so far I’d say.

        7. Rock And Roll Island - Rock And Roll Island goes back to more of the feel that the opening track, When The Earth Moves Again, had yet slightly even more energetic and more electrically driven. The vocals are a balance between the two singers rather than just being one on their own, which didn’t work well at all last track, and the music has a much better, although not really unique, rhythm to it. A guitar solo in the middle of this track would’ve helped in my opinion, although there is one towards the end, but overall the song is at least a step up from the past track and really not too bad overall. There isn’t anything all that unique about this song, but it’s got a good energy and flow.

        8. Third Week In The Chelsea - Third Week In The Chelsea is a mellower songs where the vocals are balanced out again. Unlike the other tracks where the vocals are shared, this track isn’t electrically driven at all and is really just an acoustic guitar and a harmonica. The vocal performance isn’t amazing, although the two sound alright together, and it really

        just isn’t enough to carry the song without getting boring, because a simple acoustic guitar and a harmonica sure isn’t, really nothing special here.

        9. Never Argue With A German If You’re Tired Or European Song - Slick sings this song completely in German and I have no idea what she’s saying, but at the same time she doesn’t sound terrible on it. The thing about Slick is that even when she’s singing in German on this track is that she doesn’t develop an extremely and overwhelming accent, although there is a bit, and you can still hear her normal singing voice. I personally really don’t like this song at all very much, I give credit to Jefferson Airplane for trying a different concept with this track, but Slick singing completely in German with not really actual music backing her doesn’t appeal to me at all.

        10. Thunk - Thunk is honestly just a vocal solo throughout it’s entire track length. Joey Convington sings lead on this track and although Slick has some minor vocal backing parts and some piano lines, the track is really dominated by his voice. Jefferson Airplane really tried a lot of different concepts on this record, but unfortunately I really don’t like this one either. Unless the vocalist is excellent, which sadly isn’t the case here, I just can’t listen to a track where it’s just someone singing with absolutely no music, or even anything, behind them. If you adore Convington’s voice then you’ll enjoy this track, but if not, then it’s really nothing special.

        11. War Movie - War Movie is a great improvement from the past three tracks, which I really didn’t like at all, because it’s got a much better energy to it, it’s better musically, and it has a better vocal performance. Although this song still isn’t amazing by any means, like some of Jefferson Airplane’s earlier work, it’s still a lot better than some of the other songs on the album and definitely a step up. The vocal balance goes back to tracks like When The Earth Moves Again or Rock And Roll Island and, like those tracks, is solid overall. I have to say that I really didn’t care for this record too much, but least the band was able to close it with a better song.




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