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 [a]Buffalo Tom[/a] swung back into action with an impossibly good comeback in the form of 2007’s [b]‘Three Easy Pieces’[/b].
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 [b]Bill Janovitz[/b]’s full-throated delivery investing his words with the kind of gritty undercurrent of self-loathing and inner torment that makes [b]‘Skins’[/b] jolt with bursts of fresh energy.