Wussy is an indie rock band, hailing from Cincinnati. Wussy is spearheaded by singers-songwriters Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker (and further rounded out by Marck Messerly and Joe Klug). The band has issued 4 studio albums to date (Funeral Dress in 2005, Left for Dead in 2008, Wussy in 2009, and Strawberry in 2011), along with a number of EPs and other one-offs.
"Buckeye" (17 tracks; 64 min.) is an overview of these four studio albums. Not surprisingly, the band's debut album, which was immediately hailed as an 'instant classic' gets the most tracks on here, namely 6 (the title track, Airborne, Bought It Again, Motorcycle, Crooked, and Soak It Up). Also well represented is Strawberry, with 5 tracks (Asteroid, Pulverized, Pizza King, Grand Champion Steer, and Little Miami). The band's self-titled album of a few years back gets 4 tracks (Muscle Cars, Magic Word, Maglite, and Death by Misadventure). For reasons totally unclear to me, the excellent Left for Dead album only gets 2 songs on here (Jonah, Vivian Girls). As is generally the case with these types of compilations, you can argue whether this track was overlooked or that album was underrepresented, and on that end, I am definitely scratching my head at the exclusion of a song like "Rigor Mortis" (from Left For Dead), which was a radio single and the title track of a subsequent EP. Also nothing on here from the 2011 one-off Funeral Dress II (which is really Funeral Dress Unplugged).
But in the end those are minor quibbles. This generous compilation (don't call it a "greatest hits" or "best of") serves as an excellent introduction to the band if you are new or fairly new to Wussy. For those already familiar with Wussy, there is no new music on this compilation. But do check out the recently issued "Wussy Duo" EP, released on Record Store Day 2013 just a few weeks ago, which brings 7 new tracks from Chuck and Lisa. Since I live in Cincinnati, I've had the good fortune of seeing Wussy in concert on many occasions in the last 6-7 years, and live their songs have even more bite than in the studio. Meanwhile, "Buckeye" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!