Three Easy Pieces

Album Review of Three Easy Pieces by Buffalo Tom.

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Three Easy Pieces

Buffalo Tom

Three Easy Pieces by Buffalo Tom

Release Date: Jul 10, 2007
Record label: New West
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative

70 Music Critic Score
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Three Easy Pieces - Fairly Good, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Now that the first decade of the 21st century has become the semi-official season of the indie rock reunion, it's not especially startling that Buffalo Tom have closed ranks and recorded their first album since 1998's Smitten. But what does qualify as a pleasant surprise is that Three Easy Pieces, the Boston trio's first album in nine years, shows Buffalo Tom haven't lost their touch (or their ability to rock) despite a long layoff. While it's not unfair to say that Three Easy Pieces picks up where Smitten left off, in many respects it more clearly recalls the looser and more emphatic attitude of Sleepy Eyed; the lyrical tone of this album is a bit more personal and emotionally taut than that album, but musically, Three Easy Pieces conveys a heady air of "turn up the amps and let it rip," and that works to the band's advantage on songs like "Bad Phone Call," "Good Girl" and "September Street," and the musicians are in strong enough form to shine under the circumstances.

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