Friday, July 27, 2012

Jimmy Buffett- Barometer Soup

Picking up a new Jimmy Buffett album is like going to a favorite restaurant or hitting a nice vacation spot. Though the quality may vary, you're pretty sure what to expect. And when you find a good one it's something you remember and return to for a while. This time Jimmy and friends also decided to turn to some of their favorite authors for inspiration; in among the usual sun-and-surf lines there are shades of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain and Carl Hiaasen among others.

Musically Barometer Soup won't be a huge surprise to.. well, anyone. You've heard this stuff before. Steel drums, tropical melodies, motifs that conjure pictures of beaches, boats and fruity drinks with those annoyingly cute little umbrellas in them. Read any of the other Buffett reviews on the site and you'll see all the same things. So then, no big changes.. and of course there are some silly moments. The seven-deadly-sins bridge in "Bank of Bad Habits." The chorus of "Don-Chu Know." "Jimmy Dreams" can't help seeming a little self-indulgent, but it can be charming in its own way. Ah, but there are some great highlights as well: the wistful "Barefoot Children," the singalong title track, and especially the kicking cover of "Mexico" (check the reworked intro, which is simply marvelous). It's these moments that raise this album a little above the level of, say, Fruitcakes. For a consistently strong album you can try one of the live releases (if you don't mind still more versons of "Volcano" and "Margaritaville.") Among Jimmy's 'regular' albums, close to 40 strong by now, there are a few that stand out from the others: Changes in Latitudes, One Particular Harbour.. and make sure not to miss Barometer Soup.

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