There’s a lot to like on Denise
Barbarita’s album Chaos and Congeniality.
It begins with a bang; “In Pieces” is a work
of haunting beauty—with lush vocals and indelible
hooks. At times, Barbarita’s vocals enter the tough-girl
realm of Chrissie Hynde, particularly on the album’s
single, “Hush Hush.”
There’s a little incongruity;
a fair number of pedestrian ballads mix with more straight-ahead
rock tunes, but perhaps they’re meant as congenial
musical offerings amidst the surrounding chaos. At any
rate, the NYC-based Barbarita leaves off with a strong
closer, “The Last Breakdown,” a seven-minute
rock exploration that takes listeners on quite a journey.
Track: Track 1, “In Pieces”