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Album Review: Buffalo Tom - Skins (Scrawny)

Fighting the inevitable drag of maturity to regain their rock'n'roll stamina

After nearly a decade of inactivity, Boston grunge-pop trio Buffalo Tom swung back into action with an impossibly good comeback in the form of 2007’s ‘Three Easy Pieces’.

Where that album delivered a fierce shot of good ol’ fashioned rock’n’roll, though, this follow-up might reasonably be described as both ‘sensitive’ and ‘mature’ – generally the sort of behaviour to be actively discouraged.

Happily, it makes a good go of bucking the trend here and there, with singer Bill Janovitz’s full-throated delivery investing his words with the kind of gritty undercurrent of self-loathing and inner torment that makes ‘Skins’ jolt with bursts of fresh energy.

Tom Edwards

6/10

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