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Parrothead alert: Jimmy Buffett has a new studio CD, "Songs From St. Somewhere", with 15 brand new recordings, plus a bonus track. The album was recorded this spring in various locals including Key West, Nashville, Austin, Miami, and St. Barts.
The first single "Too Drunk to Karaoke" is a duet with Toby Keith. Jimmy and Toby are currently shooting a video for the song, directed by Michael Salomon.
Other song titles are "Somethin' 'Bout a Boat", "Einstein Was A Surfer", "I Want to Go Back to Cartagena", "Tides", and "Useless But Important Information"
The bonus track is "I Want to Go Back to Cartagena", a Spanish version duet with the Latin singer Fannie Lu.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.1 inches; 2.08 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Mailboat Records
- Original Release Date : 2013
- Date First Available : June 25, 2013
- Label : Mailboat Records
- ASIN : B00DMEQOXS
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,704 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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I found this album to be a very pleasant surprise. While most of his "modern era" albums took several listenings to appreciate, this one had its appeal on the first listen. I read some of the negative reviews and they just go to show that everyone has different tastes, even among fans. Contrary to some reports, I think this is a very melodic and catchy set of songs, with only a few mild klunkers - but remember, this CD has 16 songs on it... back in the vinyl days, 10-12 max was the norm, so I can forgive a few filler pieces. If I were to make an album of the 10 best songs on this CD, I would probably give it 5 stars.
The most commercial and bouncy of the songs, "Too Drunk to Karaoke" and "Earl's Dead" are my LEAST favorite tracks on the album - they try too hard to go after the country crowd that embraced his "License to Chill" album (which I like quite a bit, but it took me a long time to warm up to). Like Jimmy, I'm getting older and growing up, and I appreciate his more subdued approach with this album. I feel like he made an album that he wanted to make, not just one to make money.
The clear but mellow vocals, exquisite acoustic music makes wonderful music to relax or work to. A few of the songs, "Einstein was a Sailor" and "I'm no Russian" are a bit repetitious and probably won't get you singing along, but even they are fun songs. "Useless but Important Information", "Tides" feel like below-average filler.
And other songs are are simply beautiful and close to perfect: "Something About a Boat", "I Wave Bye Bye", "Colour of the Sun"
My other favorite artist is Mark Knopfler, so of course, I dig "Oldest Surfer on the Beach" with Mark sitting in and providing his own distinctive beach sound.
BOTTOM LINE: This isn't beach party music for twenty-somethings. It's dinner party music for us mature fans. If you like Buffett ballads, you will almost certainly love this album. If Jimmy's bouncy and/or country tunes are your only interest, you might think about skipping this one.
Good background music when you are having a party and everyone’s talking.
Just saw him live and he did no songs from this one and his performance was amazing. Hopefully he has another Buffet Hotel or Take the Weather with You (or Banana Wind!!) in the future.
I would not quarrel with that Genre for Jimmy's work, I guess.
My wife and I would really prefer Adult Caribbean or Adult Tropical or ...................,
ever since we took our first trip down there ............
But this is none of that either. The Genre built into the MP3 files is Country Rock. And that is more what it is.
Don't be fooled by the song titles. If you are looking for songs with the flavor and personality and compelling Caribbean feel like that in "Meet Me In Margaritaville", this will be disappointing.
None of the songs are really bad songs. But it feels like Jimmy set out to do new songs LIKE Meet Me In Margaritaville songs but missed. 50 to 60 % are more Country Pop rather than the Buffett real deal.
Another way to look at it is to compare this music to any of the great concerts on Margaritaville TV. Think about the sound and the emotion and the instruments used in those, like the steel drums. There is VERY LITTLE of that in these songs.
Top reviews from other countries
If you like JImmy Buffett, you'll love this new album, if JImmy Buffett isn't your type of music, then why are you even looking at his material.
Buffett makes music for Buffett fans, he makes no excuses for that. He and his coral reefer band are a huge draw in the USA whilst being relatively unknown in the UK and Europe.