With varying degrees of success, Wes Carr attempts to shake off the Australian Idol tag with his debut album as Buffalo Tales, Roadtrip Confessionals. It’s a conscious step away from the pop-rock sounds that he’s known for that too often sounds hollow and measured .
The album is supposed to feature his most personal material to date with lyrics about heartache, yearning and soul-searching spun with dark shadows and sadness. At its best the music is cohesive, intimate and mature but the lyrics are overly simplistic and the sounds are far too similar. The music is mostly from the Jack Johnson book of folk rock although there are occasional bouts of energetic, alt-country fun, but this doesn’t stop the proceedings from being a rambling and rather restless affair.
A host of supportive guests including The Falls, Baskery and Sam Buckingham help save things from being too homely and flat but for the most part this music is too subtle and gentle to really cut through. The already overly long record also features two unnecessary covers in the form of ‘Take This Waltz’ by Leonard Cohen and Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’.
Originally published on 20 August 2013 at the following website: http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/reviews/music/36708/Buffalo-Tales–Roadtrip-Confessionals
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