Boston, MA indie rock trio Buffalo Tom return with their 9th studio album, Quiet and Peace. It’s their first outing since 2011’s Skins and comes a full 30 years after their cracking J. Mascis produced self titled debut. The band have retained the same line-up for the entirety of their career and their sound has been tweaked slightly for each new album whilst still staying true to their gutsy indie-rock. Quiet and Peace sees the band digging more deeply into their emotional core. LP and CD on Schoolkids Records.
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Nine albums of this? Okay. The definitely lying Buffalo Tom have injected their fair bit of noise and commotion into this record called ‘Quiet & Peace’; in fact it opens on a song that screams its pastorality at the top of its lungs, offering country rock up as an anthem you can share around. Solos, I tell you: honest to god solos. Raucous and very much out of the ‘90s, this is one for those of you throwing back.
This really sounds like something out of the sub plot in Nashville where the country singer discovers a producer who loves Real Rock Music and dares her to record with him: caught between worlds, the band’s unhinged, amplified sound meets gorgeously saccharine melodies and super goofy vocal harmonies, making for songs that are kinda messy and touching in one damning blow. The moments where they sound a bit like Uncle Tupelo are of course to die for: the full-bodied strums of “Roman Cars” mesh with radio rock breeze, stinking of a good highway jaunt.
Stick around for a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Only Living Boy In New York”. Why not? Buffalo Tom know how to make a good, staunch melody soar; this one seems only fitting.
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