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  • Audio CD (7 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Scrawny Records
  • ASIN: B004IM1PZ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Arise, Watch
2. She's Not Your Thing
3. Down
4. Don't Forget Me
5. Guilty Girls
6. Miss Barren Brooks
7. Paper Knife
8. Here I Come
9. Lost Weekend
10. The Hawks & the Sparrows
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Disc: 2
1. Arise, Watch
2. She's Not Your Thing
3. Down
4. Don't Forget Me
5. Guilty Girls
6. Miss Barren Brooks
7. Paper Knife
8. Here I Come
9. Lost Weekend
10. The Hawks & the Sparrows
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BBC Review

When Buffalo Tom released Three Easy Pieces in 2007, following an almost decade-long hiatus, it felt like they’d never been away. A lot of this is no doubt due to the type of band they are – never showy or extravagant, theirs is a driving, solid, heart-on-sleeve indie rock that’s about as earnest as it gets. But that’s no criticism – Bill Janovitz’s voice is warm and weary, and his songs are comfortable in all the best possible ways. This windswept, simple aesthetic is perhaps best summed up in 1992’s Taillights Fade (from Let Me Come Over), which really should have been a world-conquering hit, such is its stately, anthemic quality.

Nineteen years later the band are in robust health, and Skins makes for an impressive, graceful addition to their catalogue. It also finds them joined by Throwing Muse Tanya Donnelly on Don’t Forget Me, a gorgeous, folky strum which could only have been written and performed by artists as seasoned as these. Elsewhere, The Kids Just Sleep and Guilty Girls bound along on sprightly guitar riffs, Paper Knife is almost a waltz, while The Hawks & The Sparrows taps into that widescreen sense of longing that the band encapsulated so well back in 1992.

The great thing about Buffalo Tom is how wonderfully far-removed they are from any sense of what is fashionable in the music industry. These songs are little self-contained worlds unto themselves – perhaps unremarkable at first; straightforward; lyrically upfront. Let them in, though, and they’ll enrich your life like a good short story, evoking the kind of blue-collar Americana that Raymond Carver dealt in so powerfully.

Here I Come sums things up pretty well: "Here I come / I dive right in / Here I come," Janovitz asserts over its chorus. The band doesn’t need to overreach, because it simply wouldn’t become them. Instead they just dive right in, and when the results are as well defined and enjoyable as this, you have to envy that a little bit.

--James Skinner

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bunk Moreland on 25 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
An album that demands repeated plays from Buffalo Tom. As a fan of Buffalo Tom since first hearing Taillights Fade from Let Me Come Over, it is a real thrill to hear these three guys still making great, life affirming music. Hearing Bill Janovitz's warm voice is the aural equivalent of sipping a fine single malt. The instrumentation remains a simple yet perfect foil to the gracious, generous melodies. Make no mistake - these are songs that rank with their best and are consistently impressive. Colbourn's voice is much better than it was on early albums and he is a masterful, melodic backing singer (much like Mike Mills), often injecting the songs with an extra layer of magic. It's hard to pick favourites as the album flows past, each song rewarding the listener with its enveloping warmth and husky grandeur. Better than Three Easy Pieces (although not quite scaling the heights of Big Red Letter Day)this is a beautiful reminder of why Buffalo Tom are one of music's best kept secrets.
I've also had the privilege of seeing them live twice - a great experience if you get the chance!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DinosaurSnr on 7 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Wow, what a great return to form. First impressions of any Buffalo Tom album are often superceded on repeated listening, and this demands that you blast it out a few times before coming to any judgement. I was a little underwhelmed by Three Easy Pieces, Buffalo Tom's erstwhile comeback album, despite having following them since picking up their first album on release back whenever it was, but this collection of songs sees them at their very best. From the opener Arise, Watch (perhaps the most interesting opening track on any of their albums) they barely lose their stride through to the magnificent closing track Out of The Dark. There are some vintage moments here - the anthemic Down, the beautiful duet with Tanya Donnely on Don't Forget Me, the hook laden Guilty Girls, and the brilliant trio of songs that finish the album. Bill Janowitz's voice grows more bluesy yet more controlled with age, and Chris Colbourn and Tom Maginnis still back him in style.

All of which point to a band that are masters of their craft and know how to deliver. More poignant still is that fact that they have grown up with their fans - this is an album about being parents, growing older, love, the passage of time - the things that concern people as they reach middle age (though we can still act like kids when we want). And it's made the song-writing and lyrics stronger as a result.

The bonus disc is worth having too - the demo tracks are actually a good little album in their own right, and I usually ignore bonus material.

This is good music. And I like good music. You will too.
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Format: Audio CD
I love Buffalo Tom. I discovered them after hearing their excellent cover of "Going Underground" by The Jam and bought "Let Me Come Over" soon after. That album remains one of my all time favourites. Creating an album is a tricky business. Simply having 10 to 12 good/great songs isn't enough. For an album to work you need the songs to compliment each other, you need them to flow well into one another and you need variety (there is nothing worse than an album where each track sounds the same as the last). With "Skins" Buffalo Tom gives us just that: An album that feels complete. It's filled with up beat popper songs (Guilty Girls, Lost Weekend) Slower thoughtful tracks (Down, Paper Knife, Don't Forget me) and strangely sad but never depressing songs (Here I Come, Out Of the Dark).

I'm not saying that this is better than anything Buffalo Tom have done before but as a body of work, a group of songs, it works and it works well. It really is an album that demands a repeat listen.

The Bonus disc "Bones" is the demo versions of the tracks and as you can imagine they are acoustic driven, vocally raw versions of what you find on the album. Some of the tracks are rawer than others, "Hawks & Sparrows" sounds like it was recorded in the kitchen and has the sound of children running and calling out in the background. It's actually a really nice touch given what the song is about. It is well worth having, in my opinion the demo version of "Out Of The Dark" is better than the album version. It works well as a simple acoustic number.
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Not bad sums this album up perfectly for me. I've loved BT since they first started back in the late 80's and have seen their once blunt, more raw edges get smoother and smoother over the years. This album shows them at their most polished musically as they are all masters of their instruments and Bill's voice couldn't be better.

For me though, this album doesn't quite have the same vitality that Three Easy Pieces had however; the wait has been far less this time around. It starts promisingly with the incredibly short Arise, Watch and She's Not Your Thing. Great punchy indie rock songs both of them but BT have been doing this for years so it is expected. Down though, is up there with Taillights Fade, Mineral, Sunday Night, Walk Away et al. It is pure genius, totally simple yet it draws you in and makes you want to play it on repeat.

I suppose that's where this album fails for me, Down is such an amazing song that nothing else gets close for me. There are also a couple of songs I geninely dislike too, which is rare.

I'm so glad that they are still together and making music, hopefully I'll get to see them live again soon. A good album but not a great one.
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