Life On Repeat is the long awaited album by Liverpool artist Barry Briercliffe. I say long awaited because a couple of tracks were included on his previous EP Alive, which was released in 2010. However that should hardly matter as they’re strong songs and are welcome additions to the album.
Opening track ‘Alive’ is a cool effortless celebration of life and one of the many highlights on the album. Other treasures to be found include ‘Make It Through The Rain’ and ‘Real’. The piano motif on ‘World On Fire’ recalls Tunnel Of Love era Bruce Springsteen. The addition of strings on ‘Get Up’ are a nice touch. The epic ‘Hold On’ features a killer chorus that helps end the album on a high.
Listening to the album; it’s remarkable that it was recorded in Barry’s home studio as the tracks are of a high professional standard. Barry Briercliffe is a fine vocalist, who never gives less than 100% to the material. His passionate vocals shine on every cut and the arrangements are spot on. It’s also worth noting that he plays various instruments including guitars and keyboards. However, this isn’t just a one man show with invited guests such as Ste Williams, who plays lead guitar on ‘Another Day’. Guitarist Adriano Arena, from the group Miss Gradenko, tackles most of the leads as well as bass. Other contributors include Scott Poley, Bryn Williams and Mark Blacoe.
The full production of Life On Repeat will have you searching for the repeat button.
Stuart Todd runs and hosts the award-winning Liverpool Acoustic Live music events with Graham Holland. Stuart was formally in the group Triad before leaving to do solo work. In recent years he has had a successful partnership with local classical guitarist and composer Neil Campbell with whom he formed the duo Campbell Todd. He has also been in the band The Freebies and involved with a number of creative writing projects. His current band is called Three Minute Hero.