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Songs From St. Somewhere

Jimmy Buffett

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Album Review

Jimmy Buffett never fails to give the Parrotheads what they want, varying his sound just enough to keep things interesting for him without making his fans scurry away. In the new millennium, this often meant that Buffett catered to the country crowd that came his way after Alan Jackson brought him in to sing "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" — Kenny Chesney co-opted Jimmy's breezy Caribbean country-rock not much later — but on his albums of the 2000s, he often pursued a songwriterly direction, either covering other skilled writers (as he did on the charming 2006 set Take the Weather with You) or writing his own tunes (the relatively lean 2009 LP Buffet Hotel). In the grand scheme of things, these albums were subtle affairs. That's not the case with 2013's Songs from St. Somewhere. Shamelessly silly and boisterously boozy, Songs from St. Somewhere flirts with self-parody and sometimes slips into pure tackiness. Surely, some of the bad taste is intentional — he brought in Toby Keith to sing "Too Drunk to Karaoke" for a reason and he winkingly rhymes "Twitter" with a vulgarity on "Useless But Important Information" — but when he makes a jocular offhand reference to Pussy Riot's incarceration on "I'm No Russian," his crassness grates. A good portion of Songs from St. Somewhere is amiably aimless — Buffett is better off when he's mellow, picking out odes to boats, beach, surfers, and sun — with the only thing threatening to spoil the mood being the decidedly silly songs.

Customer Reviews

Ugh!

I have every single Buffett CD. Always liked the music, not just the party. Seems JB has gotten away from what got him here. He seems to try and do all these goofy cutie songs now. The formula used to be clever words, some great ballads, stories, and throw in a Bruce Cockburn or John Hiatt song and you got a top notch Buffett CD. He don't do that with the last few CDs. Too Drunk ... sounds like a bad country song. Hope the rest of the CD is much better than this first single.

Awesome!

Some of you people just like to hear yourself complain. Get a Life. He's been writing music for 40 years, can't write the same music for every cd. Another cd for us parrotheads to enjoy.

Does corny sell?

I agree with several others reviewers that I miss Jimmy's old style. Still love him and still go to the shows every year. I relate him to Mel Brooks a genius who lost his edge as he got older. I actually liked Take the Weather with you, but why does every album have to have the corny Karaoke style songs. His concerts have 4 or 5 covers every show. That should not be the case for a guy with such an extensive catalog. It would be fine for an encore or mix it up but I am even tired of the yearly Brown Eyed Girls and Southern Cross. They are ok covers that sound fine live. He has great songs that never gets played, play those. Jimmy needs write with his heart and with good musicians, not pander to some notion that he has to be a caricature of his old self.

Biography

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...
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