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Buddy
Buddy
(self-released)


Like his name, Buddy's music is simple. As a whole, his self-titled debut isn't great. Still, there are enough notably good songs to make it worthwhile. The Los-Angeles based singer/songwriter embeds a similar hum into each track. While his intentions are honorable, each song blends into the next. Such similarity is likely going to hurt him. Furthermore, a couple of his tracks, "Make Believe In You" and "Be Like This," are plain boring. These negative might not be a problem on a longer album. Unfortunately, this one is only seven tracks long.

But put these negatives aside for a moment. Notice the good-natured tone of the lyrics as Buddy sings of friendship, commitment and loyalty. Listen carefully to the subtle violins and vocal hums haunting the background. Finally, bask in the singer's gentle and earnest voice. Regardless of the negatives, Buddy's self-titled debut has some tremendous tracks.

"Salt Point", for instance, has the atmosphere of a rainy morning. Its gentle acoustic plucks and ethereal slide guitars play together beautifully. Buddy's falsetto pulls on the heart strings with ease and subtlety. The lyrics do the same. "I won't ask for much/I won't ask for anything/as long as you come back for me." The song "Braddock" shines with equal beauty. It's an upbeat plea that asks: "Don't forget to forgive me/while I forget to remember/it's not your fault."

Simple. Mellow. Graceful

It's hard to ignore the album's low points. Yet, overlooking Buddy's noble qualities and definite talent proves even more difficult.

-Justin Stover

Track Listing
1. Braddock
2. Make Believe In You
3. Be Like This
4. Salt Point
5. Milkshake
6. Valentine, Nebraska
7. Regular Time


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