Barrabas Piel de Barrabas
- Released: October 12, 2000
- Label: Disconforme Spain
- 1.On the Road Again
- 2.What's Happened
- 3.Hard Line For a Dreamer
- 4.Please Mr. Regan, Please Mr. Breznev
- 5.Wild Cat
- 7.Be the Way to Be
Personnel: Susi (vocals); Tito Duarte (flute, saxophone, percussion).
Liner Note Author: Fernando Arbex.
Recording information: Kirios Studio, Madrid, Spain (1981-1982).
Photographer: Peter Muller.
Arranger: Fernando Arbex.
Released the same year as Bestial, Piel de Barrabas sees Fernando Arbex carrying his Barrabas further into synth-dominated territory. Where early Barrabas albums presented the sound of a dance band playing dance music (and occasionally rock & roll), the early-'80s edition of the group sounds like a rock band playing dance music (and occasionally rock & roll). "Laura" is probably the worst culprit of all here, resembling what Genesis and the Steve Miller Band sounded like when they employed dance rhythms and heavy use of synthesizers. Early Barrabas remained plugged into the styles that they were covering; Piel de Barrabas, on the other hand, comes closer to interpretations of interpretations, rather than something they'd be much more comfortable tackling. Despite the fact that the skill is readily apparent, the album comes off as being very confused and watered down. ~ Andy Kellman
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