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Friday, 5 August 2011

Record Review - Buffalo Killers '3'

Alive LP/CD

Buffalo Killers have outdone themselves on this, their third long player. Building upon the quieter moments found on the Cincinnati trio’s previous outing, Let It Ride, the boys have found freedom in the laid-back country-rock grooves familiar to those of us who get their kicks listening to Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

With a little hickory twang provided by lap-steel player Sven Khans and banjoist Ryan Wells on a number of songs, especially ‘All Turn To Cloud’, the Killers’ loose arrangements and perfect harmonies create mellow mood pieces that ooze thick and sweet as molasses from the speakers. ‘Spend My Last Breath’ is a beautiful melancholic love song cloaked in the haunting tones usually heard on murder ballads, while ‘Circle Day’ adds a touch of glam stomp to the plaintive country reflection.

A seductive listen and a real contender for album of the year.

Alan Brown

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