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4.0 out of 5 stars A safe situaltion..., 26 July 2008
This review is from: Situation (Audio CD)
I've had three Buck 65 albums prior to this and they're all radically different.

Vertex is an early, beat sampling pretty much straight hip hop album.
Talkin' Honky Blues is a lot subtler and cleverer and featured proper acoustic instruments and is a wholly more mature album. It's a fantastic album and is what got me into Buck and I still listen to it loads.
Secret House Against the World is a crazy eclectic amalgamation of American roots music, hip hop and whatever Buck felt like at the time. It hit was very hit and miss.

Situation I was excited yet fairly apprehensive about. Would it be classic Honky Blues type stuff or a bit too far left-field like Secret House...?

I can safely say it fits in right next to Honky Blues. It has the same kind of production & stready style. It doesn't take hold immediately and drifts by far too easily. However, repeated listens reveal some really good tunes. There's nothing on here that hits the highs that Honky hit, or even as emotional either but half of Situation are really great tracks.

1957 is an early high point with it's irresistable beat and typical Buck style catchy chorus of; "Like kshhhhh/no joke/hit the low note/we all go to heavan in a little row boat". Shutter Buggin' is my personal favourite at the moment. It really annoyed me the first couple of times bit it definitely has it's charm; "Flashy flash/watch the birdie/trashy trash/wash the dirty". Ho Boys, Way Back When, Mr Nobody and Benz are all standouts.
The rest of the tracks aren't bad by any means, they're just not quite as memorable as the ones I've mentioned.

I won't officially say Situation is a poor man's Talkin' Honky Blues because that would be selling it way short. It's a very good and incredibly enjoyable album; it just doesn't hit those highs that it probably should do.
Those into Buck already, you won't be disappointed, it`s a quality effort, and those who haven't heard anything by him better check out Talkin' Honky Blues first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seedy characters, great record, 3 Feb. 2008
Mr. Mark Wilkinson (England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Situation (Audio CD)
Loosely based around the year 1957 this is a great sounding record that's theoretically hip-hop but is lyrically a lot more ambitious than the stale stuff that's getting played on the radio right now.

Buck 65 writes in a variety of characters and from a variety of viewpoints, musically it's quite difficult to describe drifting between styles, but there are definitely elements of late 50's/early 60's rock'n'roll tucked away there in some of the songs.

I first heard this record online via Buck's myspace page, and was extremely disappointed in it. I ordered it anyway on the strengths of previous work (Talkin' Honky Blues) and when it arrived I was blown away. Hearing it via myspace just does not do it justice. This is extremely well produced and deserves to be heard on a decent stereo system or through a decent set of headphones. Don't judge it on the sound you get through a pair of PC speakers.

Unfortunately, a friend of mine heard 'Shutterbugging' as her first Buck 65 track and immediately decided that Buck 65 was a dirty old man. If you have trouble separating an artist or writer from the characters they create, then you probably aren't quite ready for this record.

This is a great record that seems to have been largely ignored by the music press. That is truly criminal.
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