Three Easy Pieces

Three Easy Pieces

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by Buffalo Tom
     
 

Now that the first decade of the 21st century has become the semi-official season of the indie rock reunion, it's not especially startling that Buffalo Tom have closed ranks and recorded their first album since 1998's Smitten. But what does qualify as a pleasant surprise is that Three Easy Pieces, the Boston trio's firstSee more details below

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Now that the first decade of the 21st century has become the semi-official season of the indie rock reunion, it's not especially startling that Buffalo Tom have closed ranks and recorded their first album since 1998's Smitten. But what does qualify as a pleasant surprise is that Three Easy Pieces, the Boston trio's first album in nine years, shows Buffalo Tom haven't lost their touch (or their ability to rock) despite a long layoff. While it's not unfair to say that Three Easy Pieces picks up where Smitten left off, in many respects it more clearly recalls the looser and more emphatic attitude of Sleepy Eyed; the lyrical tone of this album is a bit more personal and emotionally taut than that album, but musically, Three Easy Pieces conveys a heady air of "turn up the amps and let it rip," and that works to the band's advantage on songs like "Bad Phone Call," "Good Girl" and "September Street," and the musicians are in strong enough form to shine under the circumstances. Several of other songs on Three Easy Pieces are more measured (especially the numbers sung by bassist Chris Colbourn, "Pendleton" and "Renovating"), but Buffalo Tom can turn down the tempos without sacrificing the power or drama of their music, and they handily manage this feat on this album. Bill Janovitz's rich, powerful voice and potent guitar work are as strong as they've ever been on this disc, and the interplay between him and Colbourn and drummer Tom Maginnis remains inspired; Three Easy Pieces is the sort of reunion album that happened for the right reasons -- because these players still work well together and have good songs to share -- and anyone who ever cared about this frequently underrated band will want to hear them in this impressive return to form.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2007
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396611829
catalogNumber:
6118
Rank:
306250

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buffalo Tom   Primary Artist
Clint Conley   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bill Janovitz   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Trumpet,Vocals
Tom Maginnis   Percussion,Drums
Chris Colbourn   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Chris Toppin   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tim Obetz   Pedal Steel Guitar,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Buffalo Tom   Audio Production
Andy VanDette   Mastering
Matthew Ellard   Engineer
Carl Fleischhauer   Cover Photo
Matt Beaudoin   Engineer
Matt Tahaney   Engineer

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