Fruitcakes

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The best thing about Jimmy Buffett's Fruitcakes is the perpetually over-served Key Wester's Howard Beale impersonation on the album's title track. Like many of us, Buffett is angry about enormous movie theater sodas, crazy people walking around with mud in their eyes, and the screwy nature of modern religion and relationships. His gripe is delivered via a half-spoken ramble over a typical Caribbean lope that's as forgettable as it is recognizable. The song works not because it rehashes the same temperate groove, but because Buffett's rap sails so close to the infectious on-stage persona that's become his five-star meal ticket in recent years. The album's other standouts ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The best thing about Jimmy Buffett's Fruitcakes is the perpetually over-served Key Wester's Howard Beale impersonation on the album's title track. Like many of us, Buffett is angry about enormous movie theater sodas, crazy people walking around with mud in their eyes, and the screwy nature of modern religion and relationships. His gripe is delivered via a half-spoken ramble over a typical Caribbean lope that's as forgettable as it is recognizable. The song works not because it rehashes the same temperate groove, but because Buffett's rap sails so close to the infectious on-stage persona that's become his five-star meal ticket in recent years. The album's other standouts work for the same reason. A pastel cover of the Grateful Dead's "Uncle John's Band," the jaunty "Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost," and "Lone Palm," which looks at life from under just such a tree, all ring with that faded T-shirt vibe so prevalent in Buffett's best work. Along with the touching daughterly tribute "Delaney Talks to Statues," these slices of Fruitcakes further the fantasy of landlocked Parrotheads everywhere, the one that makes that final margarita okay, banishes winter to an old tin can, and shakes white sand into every crevice of the office cubicle. Earnest ballads like "Love in the Library" are nice, but Buffett's cheeky rhymes and effectively simplistic playing just can't support them with the sophistication -- or seriousness -- they deserve. His Panama Jack pirate act is a one trick pony, no question. But it has limitless legs and is continually sold on the fact that everyone wants to be Jimmy Buffett some of the time. Fruitcakes' most memorable morsels make this wish come true, if only for a few surf-soaked minutes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/1994
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 008811104320
  • Catalog Number: 11043
  • Sales rank: 3,737

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Buffett Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Nicolette Larson Vocals
Robert Greenidge Percussion, Steel Drums
Roger Guth Drums
Amy Lee Saxophone
Mac McAnally Guitar, Vocals
Jim Mayer Bass Guitar, Vocals
Peter Mayer Guitar, Vocals
G.E. Smith Guitar
Michael Tschudin Keyboards
Michael Utley Keyboards
John Lovell Trumpet
Claudia Cummings Vocals
Nicole Yarling Violin, Vocals
Mary Harris Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmy Buffett Arranger, Composer
Rob Eaton Engineer
Roger Guth Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Russ Kunkel Producer
Amy Lee Composer, Horn Arrangements
Mac McAnally Composer
Jim Mayer Composer
Peter Mayer Composer, Vocal Arrangements
G.E. Smith Arranger
Michael Tschudin Composer
Mary Harris Vocal Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funky Buffett

    I enjoy this CD and listen to it regularly. Growing up in Fort Lauderdale and knowing the area tends to help me relate to some of the songs and I understand the references to South Florida locales. My favorite is the title song. Buffett has a fantastic sense of humor and it comes out in this CD, everything he says is the truth! There were a couple songs I don't quite get, but I still like them just because because I know a fellow Parrothead somewhere understands and appreciates them. I've never met a person who didn't like Jimmy Buffett's songs, so he must be doing something right! WE NEED MORE FRUITCAKES IN THIS WORLD!

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