Bird Brain

Bird Brain

by Buffalo Tom
     
 

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From the first notes of Buffalo Tom's second album, Birdbrain, it was clear the band had done more than their share of growing up since their self-titled debut, which had come out the year before. The title cut leaps out of the gate with a tight snap that leaves anything on the first album in the dust; drummer …  See more details below

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From the first notes of Buffalo Tom's second album, Birdbrain, it was clear the band had done more than their share of growing up since their self-titled debut, which had come out the year before. The title cut leaps out of the gate with a tight snap that leaves anything on the first album in the dust; drummer Tom Maginnis and bassist Chris Colbourn sound far tighter and more unified as a rhythm section, and guitarist and vocalist Bill Janovitz reveals a taut, slashing authority that was quite a change from the sloppy, sometimes meandering sound he'd summoned up his first time at bat. Just as roadwork had firmed up Buffalo Tom's sound, their songwriting was also steadily improving; the ultra-catchy "Birdbrain" sounded like it could have been a hit single in some alternate universe, while "Guy Who Is Me" and "Crawl" indicated they were learning to work better with trickier structures, and "Enemy" and "Skeleton Key" prove they could slow down effectively and communicate something other than a rant. While the band was still working the last vestiges of their clear Dinosaur Jr. influence at this point (J Mascis was in the producer's chair once again for this set), Birdbrain made it clear Buffalo Tom was far more than just Dino Jr.'s little brother band. The CD adds a nice acoustic cover of "Heaven" by the Psychedelic Furs as a bonus -- yet another touch you would never have expected judging from their debut.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/1998
Label:
Beggars Uk - Ada
UPC:
0607618003128
catalogNumber:
80031

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buffalo Tom   Primary Artist,Noise
Bill Janovitz   Guitar,Vocals,Noise
Tom Maginnis   Drums,Noise
Sean   Guitar,Background Vocals
Sean Slade   Guitar,Background Vocals
Chris Colbourn   Bass,Vocals,Noise

Technical Credits

Buffalo Tom   Producer
Bill Janovitz   Contributor
Tom Maginnis   Contributor
J Mascis   Producer
Sean Slade   Producer
Chris Colbourn   Contributor
Stephanie Nyzio   Artwork,Illustrations,Cover Design
Stephen Mathewson   Cover Design
Bob Hamilton   Art Direction

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