Review: Buffalo Tom – Skins

Buffalo Tom: Skins (Scrawny Records, 2011)

Some indie veterans should have stayed in the 90’s, because they can’t come up with anything even half as good as back in the day. However, this is not the case with the Buffalo Tom. This legendary indie  rock group continues to impress. Three Easy Pieces was a really good return four years ago and Skins might be even slightly better. Sure there’s a couple of mediocre songs  in here and maybe nothing rises as high as Taillights Fade. But then again. What the hell does. That’s one of the best songs of the 90’s. Skins is a great record full of melodic high-quality alternative rock and especially Guilty Girls and She’s Not Your Thing rank high on my imaginary best songs of the year 2011 list.

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Review: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Here We Rest

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit: Here We Rest (Lightning Rod, 2011)

The previous Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit album had 3-4 fantastic songs, but as a whole I didn’t love it that much. This is not the case with Here We Rest. Now Jason gets pretty much everything right and releases an album that is full of wonderful songs. Ok, to me the quality drops a tiny bit after the first six songs, but this is mostly because the first half is perfect and contains pretty much the best music released during the year. This is captivating, soulful and warm american music with insightful lyrics and it proves that Jason Isbell can still write equally great (if not even better) songs than during those years with the Drive-By Truckers. In fact, I think Here We Rest is the best album both Drive-By Truckers or Jason Isbell have released since they parted ways. And yeah, I know, it’s stupid, pointless to even get into that subject. It’s not a damn competition and we are just damn lucky that we have songwriters such as Isbell, Cooley and Hood all continuously writing wonderful songs.

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