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Album Review

It's easy to compare any singer to their best work, though not always very helpful. In fact, comparing Far Side of the World to A-1-A or A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean is a little like comparing steak to seafood. They're simply two different entrées, and while someone may like steak and dislike seafood, a number of discerning individuals like both. Critics and certain fans may prefer Jimmy Buffett's 1970s output, but the head parrot has long ago sailed on to smoother waters. It's probably more helpful to compare Far Side of the World to albums like Banana Wind and Fruitcakes, where Buffett settled into his role as elder statesman of sun, surf, and sand fantasies. First of all, the arrangements and production on Far Side of the World vary quite a bit from these earlier 1990s efforts. The rich vocal harmony in "Blue Guitar" evokes Paul Simon's Graceland, while the dirty slide guitar of "Last Man Standing" casts a glance back at Little Feat. Still, the basic approach remains the same. Funny songs like "What if the Hokey-Pokey Is All It Really Is About?" remind one of "Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost" (Fruitcakes), while self-referential pieces like "Altered Boy" recall "Only Time Will Tell" and "Cultural Infidel" (Banana Wind). Buffett talks his way through much of the eight-minute "Autour du Rocher," just as he talks his way through much of "Overkill" (Banana Wind) and "Fruitcakes" (Fruitcakes). There are tender moments and outrageous ones, all signifying that only one person could've made this album. Far Side of the World holds up well to Fruitcakes and Banana Wind, and more important still, parrotheads will love it. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

5 Stars for a Reason

There is something so wonderful about this album. Its a story about a guy that is embracing the world around him and having a great and colorful time. So much of music today is about the best lick, the best single, the best skill. "Far Side" is about connecting with one of music's most gifted song-writers and leaders. I actually think the production value is a little better than "Beach House" and Mac Macanally's guitar-work is really quite incredible. But even beyond all that, this is an album of a man who has a heart for the world he is still living in. I cannot recommend "Far Side of the World" enough. Thanks Jimmy!!!

Best since Coconut Telegraph!!!!

Buffett's catalogue can be broken down into clearly defined sub-catagories for me: 70's Outlaw Country (up through Daydreamin), 70's 80's Studio Rock (SOASOAS - China), 80's Pop Country, and Elder Statesman (Fruitcakes -Present). "Far Side" is the crowning acheivement of his Latter era, so far, and in my top 5 Buffett albums. This a mature, fun, wonderful, emotional, rich record, with very little of the cutesy-poo in song chatter that works so well for him in concert and fails him so completely on record (save Fruitcakes and Atour du Rocher). My he return to this calibur and leave Liscence to Chill behind!

Loved the song so much, I'm naming my daughter after it!!

I was really taken by this Buffett offering...and I'm naming my daughter after "Savannah Fare You Well." It's just one of those songs that stays with you....


Born: December 25, 1946 in Pascagoula, MS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Jimmy Buffett translated his easygoing Gulf Coast persona into more than just a successful recording career -- he expanded into clothing, nightclubs, and literature -- but the basis of the business empire that kept him on the Fortune magazine list of highest-earning entertainers was his music. Born in southern Mississippi and raised in Alabama, Buffett moved to Nashville to try to make it in country music in the late '60s. After signing to the Barnaby label, he released one album, 1970's Down to...
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