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
"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.
2. Make Believe In You
3. Be Like This
4. Salt Point
6. Valentine, Nebraska
7. Regular Time
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