Buffet Hotel

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since Jimmy Buffett never leaves his comfort zone, it's hard to call 2009's Buffet Hotel a return to roots but, in a way, it is. Discounting the mock rap on "Turn Up the Heat and Chill the Rosé," this album doesn't even have the lingering country and reggae flavors that seasoned 2006's Take the Weather with You, with all of the songs riding a cool, mellow country-rock wave, the kind that has been his stock-in-trade since the '70s. There's a difference between being part of a tradition and being stuck in the past and Buffett is surely in the former, not shying away from the new millennial mess, admitting that we all have "A Lot to Drink About" and never flinching...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since Jimmy Buffett never leaves his comfort zone, it's hard to call 2009's Buffet Hotel a return to roots but, in a way, it is. Discounting the mock rap on "Turn Up the Heat and Chill the Rosé," this album doesn't even have the lingering country and reggae flavors that seasoned 2006's Take the Weather with You, with all of the songs riding a cool, mellow country-rock wave, the kind that has been his stock-in-trade since the '70s. There's a difference between being part of a tradition and being stuck in the past and Buffett is surely in the former, not shying away from the new millennial mess, admitting that we all have "A Lot to Drink About" and never flinching from his advancing years, most movingly on a cover of Bruce Cockburn's "Life's Short Call Now." Cockburn's song is paired with another expertly chosen cover, Jesse Winchester's "Rhumba Man" (he covered Winchester's "Nothin' But a Breeze" the album before), but this has the highest percentage of original Buffett compositions since 1999's Beach House on the Moon, which is a good indication that Jimmy is in good form. While a handful are collaborations with his longtime colleague Mac McAnally, many of these are co-written with Will Kimbrough, who helps liven up Buffett and sharpen his pen, resulting in one of Jimmy's strongest albums in recent memory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/8/2009
  • Label: Mailboat Records
  • UPC: 698268212121
  • Catalog Number: 2121
  • Sales rank: 13,660

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Buffett Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Robert Greenidge Steel Drums
Tina Gullickson Vocals
Roger Guth Drums
Mac McAnally Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Vocals
Jim Mayer Bass Guitar, Vocals
Peter Mayer Guitar, Vocals
Nadirah Shakoor Vocals
Glenn Worf Bass Guitar
Michael Utley Keyboards
John Lovell Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Will Kimbrough Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Vocals
Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele
Technical Credits
Jimmy Buffett Composer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Bruce Cockburn Composer
Jesse Winchester Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Roger Guth Composer
J.L. Jamison Equipment Manager
Mac McAnally Composer, Producer
Chris Steinmetz Engineer
Chris Stone Engineer
Michael Utley Producer
Bill Flanagan Composer
Kosh Art Direction
Will Kimbrough Composer
Tommy Womack Composer
Alan Schulman Engineer
Jacques Vitte Engineer
Jonathan Brandstein Cover Photo
Dan Cook Guitar Techician
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Another Masterful Compilation

    Jimmy Buffett brings his fans yet another fantastic compilation of stories. Every song tells a unique tale and allows the listener to take a mental vacation to wherever Buffett describes. The wonderful, vivid, full-color booklet explains how each song came to be. This album is reminiscent of Far Side of the World. It has a variety of styles from rock to world to Jimmy Buffett's first surfing-rock song. Casual and devoted fans alike will love this album.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Cojones!

    He even says the C word in these songs! This is a most enjoyable CD for a smooth change from what you are forced to listen to when you're driving your kids around. IT'S OUR TURN PARROTHEADS! Please do not even bother with the short clips. The clips do not represent what follows with the complete song. The lyrics are crisp and clear. Easy to learn each song. The instruments are different...soulful, stimulating. I love "s" words! "I'm rhumba-ing in my flip flops!"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Island Music

    I love the Jimmy Buffet new CD. It is both fun and soothing. If you cannot be at an island then listening to his music is the only answer. The only performer that stays "true to the island" with his music.

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    Posted December 27, 2009

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