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  • Audio CD (15 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: NEW WEST
  • ASIN: B000Q6ZH2E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Bassett on 6 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
It was always very unfair that Buffalo Tom were given the tag Dinosaur Jr. Jr. when they first began recording. But since their 1989 self-titled debut album arrived just after Dinosaur Jr. redefined indie rock with Bug, it seems somehow appropriate that Buffalo Tom have chosen to release their first album in nine years just months after Dinosaur Jr. returned from a ten-year hiatus.

Though they've gigged sporadically in the intervening years, Three Easy Pieces has frontman Bill Janovitz, bassist Chris Colbourn and drummer Tom Maginnis together on record for the first time since 1998's Smitten. Just seconds in to opener Bad Phone Call, it's easy to hear why they are so fondly remembered.

You'll Never Catch Him is the album's outstanding piece of melancholy, while Pendleton features Colbourn on vocals and, unusually for the band, no guitar; Janovitz instead plays piano and trumpet. The layered production makes it not dissimilar to anything from Let Me Come Over.

Bottom Of The Rain, Good Girl and September Shirt are perfect Buffalo Tom driving anthems, while the album closer, Thrown, has the same qualities that made Soda Jerk and Taillights Fade two of their most loved songs.

Not just a welcome addition to their catalogue, Three Easy Pieces is easily the equal of Let Me Come Over and Big Red Letter Day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. White on 16 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
First things first - this is not as good as Let Me Come Over.

But it might just be the second best Buffalo Tom album. Which means it is very good indeed.

Three Easy Pieces is stylistically very similar to Buffalo Tom's masterpiece Let Me Come Over - a collection of fuzzy riff based rock songs intersperced with gorgeous ballads.

Vocals are once again shared by Bill and Chris. Here, Chris sings more than on previous albums. In the past, Chris has sang some classic BT tunes - Darl, Late At Night and surely one of the best ever BT songs, Butterscotch. Here, he has another classic, the title track. But surely it is time to acknowledge Bill Janovitz as one of the best rock singers of his (or any other) generation. A wonderful singer.

A decade after the disappointing MOR effort Smitten, the music here can stand beside the golden years recordings of Let Me Come Over, Big Red Letter Day and Sleepy Eyed as an truly essential rock album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Blackwell on 29 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's been such a long time since Smitten (1998) that I'd almost given up hope on my most favourite band ever. Having followed them from their Dinosuar Jr Jr tag at the beginning of their career to now. It's been a pleasant surprise that after 9 years of quiet for them to be back, and back in stunning form. I had always hoped that there would be something more from this band to follow.

So, 9 years later, so much has changed both in the world and for everyone around me; what can BT possibly bring to me now that will make a difference? Well, nothing actually! And that, my friends, is the whole reason this gets 5 stars.

It's the mid-nineties again. I'm 10 years younger and I have all the people I have lost touch with around me again. This is the very best of Buffalo Tom served up right here.

This mixes their absolute best moment (for me) Let me Come Over, their rockiest, Sleepy Eyed and the classic BT sound that you hear across their entire back catalog.

It really is like having old friends back round. Welcome back Buffalo Tom.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
welcome back, old friends 16 July 2007
By Dr. Philgood - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've been a huge fan of Buffalo Tom since the Let Me Come Over days, and over the years I've eagerly anticipated the arrival of each new release. With such a long gap since the last album, the band had drifted off my radar until recently when I did a random search for them and found that some fresh material was about to hit the street. Having listened to Three Easy Pieces now in its entirety, I have mixed feelings. Overall it is not an outstanding album, but the quality of the good songs and the pristine production more than makes up for the overall weakness of the opus. The opener "Bad Phone Call" immediately strikes you as being something new for the Tom - a lazy, country-tinged rocker that could almost be a love duet if it hadn't been sung by two heterosexual males. "Bottom of the Rain" is more familiar and would have fit right in on Big Red Letter Day, the bands crowning achievement of almost 15 years back. "You'll Never Catch Him" sounds more like Let Me Come Over era material, and is also excellent. However, the band's finest moment is "Lost Downtown," a song that could perhaps be their best ever. Bill Janovich sings as if he is a love-smitten teenager instead of a 40+ something. The gentle, melodic rhythm is complemented perfectly by the bouncing baseline and Janovich's impassioned vocals. It's a subtle piece that demonstrates just how amazing a songwriter Janovich is when he's on top of his game. The rest of the album is, unfortunately, fairly forgettable, and Tom Colburn's contributions are weaker than usual. There is no "Late at Night" "The Bible" or "Twenty Points" here, sadly. All said, this is a "must buy" for Buffalo Tom fans, and others would be recommended to download the above mentioned songs from itunes, lest they be disappointed by the album as a whole. Despite my mixed review, I will be praying to the rock gods that Buffalo Tom deliver at least one more album before they call it quits for good.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Return of the Tom 16 July 2007
By T. Lewis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Okay, so it's time to have a tempered review put up here. There will be no gushing, nor will there be no bemoaning hate. It's simply this; it's been a long pause since Smitten and it shows. I rather take issue with the Amazon review that this album is reminicent of past records... it does only in the respect that it "is" a Buffalo Tom record. When I initially put this album on, I'd steeled myself for a let down, as earlier return efforts this year had underwhelmed me. The good news... this is a decent Buffalo Tom record. The bad news... it's not outstanding and I don't hear anything on it that has "breakout" accessibility. Furthermore, a certain spark is somewhat dulled on here... a blunting of spirit, I guess from the passage of time, maybe. Smitten, their last effort, if a little overproduced, still had a sharper pop, spirit to it, even in sad songs. If you have liked Buffalo Tom all through their career, definitely get this. If you have not, start with an earlier Buffalo Tom release, just about any of them. Finally, my favorites and skips change over time, some songs grow on me, and some, I grow out of. My fave on this album, so far, is Pendleton, and I feel, personally, that the album's weakest tracks are ironically the first two. Cheers.~
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Buffalo Tom comes home 22 Jun 2008
By Duane Ambroz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
While doing some recent shopping for CDs, I saw a cover for a Buffalo Tom record that I had never seen before. Buffalo Tom recorded a new record in 2007, and somehow I missed it, as I am sure most people did. My first response was that they must just be riding the nostalgia wave, since it seems that every early 1990's band that got more than one video onto MTV's "120 Minutes" is getting back together. I held off on picking it up. I was apprehensive. I hearkened back to an unpublished Pitchfork review I had written for "Smitten" way back in 1998. I had closed out the review with the statement, "I hope that Smitten is an anomaly, and not a swansong. These guys sound tired and bored with the recording industry that should have made them stars, then tried to make them stars, but never really understood what Buffalo Tom was all about."

Given that it is 10 years between "Smitten" and "Three Easy Pieces", the latter case appeared to almost be true. After a while, I decided to purchase "Three Easy Pieces" and give it a listen. The first song, "Bad Phone Call" comes on. Chris Colburn's falsetto backing harmonies start up. The loud, melodic yet harshly distorted guitar ring through my ears. Tom Maginnis' drumming keeping a perfect beat and setting the tempo and energy. Then Bill Janovitz's vocals come in, and a song about looking back and moving forward kicks in.

"Hell yeah!" I shouted in my Civic, driving down the highway. "Buffalo Tom has come home!"

For those who don't remember Buffalo Tom (likely most anyone reading this), they came out of the 1980's lo-fi scene in Boston. Unlike most of the bands that came from that scene, Buffalo Tom had three things going for it: they understood melody, they knew when to turn the amps up to 11, and they were the tightest band of the entire genre. (The final point is probably because, unlike their contemporaries, they had a stable lineup throughout their run.) Their live performances blew you away. They were that good. Until their record company too late realized what they had, tinkered with their sound, and apparently caused the Toms to get bored and frustrated and hang it up. Or maybe they just got tired of it all. Whatever the case, they pretty much vanished, going off to side projects and the occasional one-off.

The ten-year layoff seems to have recharged the batteries. The band sounds refreshed and invigorated again. The songs are melancholy yet more mature, with a wider-eyed look at the world. There are a few clunkers on the record, but nowhere near the level they were to be found on smitten. And things get a bit too "mellow" in the middle. But despite the layoff, the Toms are as tight as ever. They still know when to turn the amps all the way up, and they still know when to ease everything back. They still know how strike that perfect balance between delightful melody and lo-fi noise.

There's nothing new on this record. No innovations. No exploring new musical directions. And that's a good thing in the case of Buffalo Tom. They do what they do so well, and they are so good together as a band, you don't mind that this record sounds like it would be more at home in 1995 than 2007. Fans from way back will revel in a new set of songs that capture the energy and songsmanship that made Buffalo Tom the best band you never heard of. It likely won't win over any new fans, but even if a few people take a listen and seek out an old copy of "Let Me Come Over" or "Birdbrain", it's all worth it.

Listening to this CD on that ride home put a smile on my face all the way, like seeing your best friend for the first time in years, and finding out that nothing has changed between the two of you despite the time apart. It's great to have you back, Buffalo Tom. We've missed you.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Worth the wait 11 July 2007
By Daniel Kline, author of Easy Answers to Every Problem - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Three Easy Pieces sounds exactly like what you would hope a new Buffalo Tom album would sound like. Though it's reminiscent of the band's earlier work, it continues the steady maturity the group has displayed on its progression of albums. This growing maturity, however, does not require sacrificing hook-laden songs that reverberate in your brain long after they have stopped playing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Like they never left 18 July 2007
By T. Lewis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It is hard to believe that Smitten came out so long ago (where did those years go). I was worried that this new effort would not be true and an Adult Contemporary version of the BT I knew of the 90s. Happily I was wrong. Three Easy Pieces is a very strong effort that ranks up there with their best. Gone is the uneveness of Smitten. Every song gets under your skin. They also are doing a good job of using Chris's strong and different vocals. He sings lead on four songs, and unlike most groups where another band member gets a few "token" songs to sing, his are just as great and provide a nice contrast. Buy it, You will likey.
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