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Nicholas P. Hunter
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1. Nobody from Nowhere- Will Kimbrough is one of my favorite singer/songwriters, and Buffett wasted no time in including one of his songs on the album. The chorus is especially catchy, and Kimbrough's lead guitar work is stellar. It is a bit over-produced, and the background vocals verge on the precipice of cheesy, but this is a great song, and Buffett sounds like her's having a good time singing it. I'm impressed with Buffett's lower voice- he really hasn't showcased the bottom of his range before, but it sounds great. Full and resonant. The fade-out goes on a bit too long, but that's what the skip button is for.
My Score- 9/10
2. Wings- Kimbrough lends his writing talents to the second cut on the album, as well. The melody is catchy, light, and bouncy, and the chord progressions are simple. Will Kimbrough's banjo and harmonica lend just the right character to the song, and Buffett's vocals are accurate and well-articulated. It sounds like a country song, but not. In a good way.
My Score- 8/10
3. Big Top- Buffett continues the upbeat mood in the third track. The backing vocals enhance Buffett's lead vocals, with no hint of cheese. Once again, the chorus is very catchy- definitely something that 20,000 drunken Parrotheads could sing along to at one of his summer concert dates.
My Score- 8/10
4. Beautiful Swimmers- The pace slows down here with a ballad. Jimmy Buffett is vastly underrated as a ballad singer. He has a bit of that old-time crooner in him, and, once again, his lower range is strong, clear, and resonant. The lyrics are a bit oversentimental, but the melody line flows so well that you hardly notice.
My Score- 7/10.
5. Turn Up the Heat and Chill the Rose- Buffett tries to do some sort of minor-keyed reggae in a half sung, half white old man rap kind of way. Complete with sound effects. The bridge is okay and the lyrics are clever, but this is one of those contrived, self-indulgent Buffett songs that I just do not care for. I think he does this just because he has more money than God, and he can.
My Score- 4/10
6. Summerzcool- A nice country/rock ditty that I am sure sounds great live. The lyrics are topical, if not corny and silly. There's even a poorly contrived shouted-bridge interlude... It's just the kind of thing that Buffett is famous for. That said, it's a catchy drunken singalong song. Typical Buffett.
My Score- 7/10
7. Rhumba Man- If you can get past the fact that a sixty-two year old singing a song about screwing... then this is a brassy, jazzy, well-syncopated tune that is actually pretty listenable. Except for the spoken-word part where Buffett tries to channel the spirit of Barry White. Not cool.
My Score- 7/10
8. We Learned to be Cool from You- Another ballad. Very introspective lyrics, but musically, it's fairly dull. The reason I was able to pay so much attention to the lyrics was because the music was so boring. Perhaps a smattering of self-indulgence mixed in, as well.
My Score- 5/10
9. Surfing in a Hurricane- Buffett tries to channel some 60's era surf music in this song. It's mildly interesting, but there really is nothing memorable about this song- except the ill-advised spoken word interlude with sound effects. And the equally ill-advised spoken word fade-out. Didn't really do anything for me.
My Score- 6/10
10. Life Short Call Now- Buffett slows it down again with a ballad. Very gentle, flowing melody, with a very tasteful muted trumpet. Otherwise, nothing special about it, except for Buffett's very well done baritone vocals.
My Score- 6.5/10
11. Buffet Hotel- Good backgound track and vocals, but another self-indulgent Buffett song. The instrumentals are nice, and the lyrics are nice, but it just doesn't work as a song. It's looooooooong, and the spoken parts and French are a bit distracting.
My Score- 6.5/10
12. A Lot to Drink About- Clever, catchy, political, and topical- more so than anything since "The Missionary" on his debut album. The guitar playing by Buffett and longtime sideman, Mac McAnally is spot-on, and Will Kimbrough's mandolin is perfect. This is Buffett at his purest and best... and this is one of my favorite Buffett songs- ever. God bless America, indeed!
My Score- 10/10
Total Average Score: 7/10
There are some really great songs on Buffet Hotel, but there are also some really bad ones. This album is very comparable to Buffett's 2006 offering, Take the Weather With You, but I find Buffet Hotel to be slightly superior. I strongly recommend this album for true Parrotheads and even casual Buffett fans, though you will be grateful for the "skip" button on your CD player.