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Three Easy Pieces [Digipak]

  • 1. Bad Phone Call
    2. Three Easy Pieces
    3. You'll Never Catch Him
    4. Bottom of the Rain
    5. Lost Downtown
    6. Renovating
    7. Good Girl
    8. Pendleton
    9. Gravity
    10. Hearts of Palm
    11. September Shirt
    12. CC and Callas
    13. Thrown
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6118

  • Credits
    ProducerBuffalo Tom
    EngineerMatt Beaudoin; Matt Tahaney; Matthew Ellard; Matt Beaudoin; Matt Tahaney

    Personnel: Bill Janovitz (vocals, guitar, trumpet, piano, organ, percussion); Chris Colbourn (vocals, guitar); Tom Maginnis (drums, percussion); Clint Conley, Chris Toppin (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Tom Polce.
    Photographer: Liz Linder.
    Buffalo Tom's thick, fuzzy guitar sound earned them a rabid cult of admirers, if not huge sales in thelate 1980s/early '90s. After a nine-year layoff, the trio that defined the American college-rock sound, turned out THREE EASY PIECES. While the Dinosaur, Jr.-influenced guitar din (J. Mascis produced BT's early recordings) is still present, there's a broader scope to the sound than before, sometimes even verging on an American roots-rock feel. Who says you can't teach an old indie rock band a couple of new tricks?

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[They] demonstrate the therapeutic effects of amplification on the churning/chiming 'You'll Never Catch Him'..."
    Magnet (p.91) - "Buffalo Tom sounds relaxed and happy to be making music together again. 'Bad Phone Call,' with its stutter-step pacing and soaring, wind-tunnel chorus, is a succinct fusion of the wounded balladry and snarling, layered guitars that defined the band's best moments."
    CMJ (p.44) - "[They] still exude plenty of passion. These heart-on-sleeve songs will go over well for anyone still awaiting a Replacements reunion."
    No Depression (p.94) - "THREE EASY PIECES hits a fine balance between Soul Asylum-styled rootsy popcraft and pre-sappy Goo Goo Dolls' rougher rave-ups."
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