The latest single by duo Roger Cole & Paul Barrere, entitled “All That I Need” is so well composed and executed that it will easily stand the test of time. It is good music through and through; clever, exciting, beautiful and moving. These guys really know what they are doing and boy can they play.
Roger Cole & Paul Barrere don’t appear to be too much swayed by music fashions or commercial pressures of the music business when they record their tracks and that is one of the reasons why just about all their releases, including “All That I Need”, will sound as fresh and exciting tomorrow as it does today.
“All That I Need” a steady and relentless foot-tapping alternative rocker. Suitably titled and very clever, it has lots of surprises, tricks and dazzling organ licks and the usual great guitars backing everything up. Paul Barrere plays the jester with his lead vocals, and effortless electric guitar escapades. Not to be outdone, sidekick Roger Cole provides a lot of the thrills and excitement with his amazing organ antics and oh what a cracking job he does with the bass and drums too.
It is typical of Roger Cole & Paul Barrere to add expression with the use of dynamics and subtle phrasing to enhance a melody as they promptly do on this magical piece. The music is mesmerizing and quickly grabs your attention.
After a few bars it bursts into life taking you on a journey through a passionately lustful track that never gets boring, simply because a couple of incredibly skillful and creative performers won’t allow you to lose interest for a second.
The impact of each composition Roger Cole & Paul Barrere release is enhanced by the contrast between it and the previous one, as well as the next one, but despite the great variety of their styles within the vast rock idiom, it all flows and makes musical sense.
Musically the duo is in a different league to many of their current contemporaries, especially if you consider the musical progressions within each piece and the expertise of each musician. Technically brilliant with a lot of feel and a real understanding of music, Roger Cole & Paul Barrere are versatile musicians.
They provide great beats and rhythms, and hugely augment their music with creative, expressive and skillful guitar and vocal arrangements. If you want to hear something dramatically different from the drop-D monster rock, then give “All That I Need” a few listens and you will be much rewarded – this is the bare essence of rock n’ roll.