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Buffalo Killers

Buffalo Killers

(Alive; US: 10 Oct 2006; UK: 4 Sep 2006)

Buffalo is probably a nice town. Buffalo Killers are probably nice people. But Buffalo Killers’ music is mired in a style that makes you think there is something wrong with the speed of the album. Thick, Southern-fried sonic gumbo that makes you yearn for the Black Crowes is what “San Martine Des Morelle” is all about. The retro rock oomph of the meandering “SS Nowhere” is only missing the go-go dancers. From there Buffalo Killers get quite spacey and lazy with a stale, tired, yawn-inspiring “Heavens You Are” that misses the mark despite some Syd Barrett-like style. The first head-turner is “The Path before Me” that conjures up images of Jack and Meg Ryan, er, White. Too often, the group resorts to playing songs that rarely go anywhere interesting, such as the semi-groovy “With Love”. One exception is the rather pleasing, murky “Children of War”, a song that screams The Black Keys with a full ensemble. And “Fit to Breathe” has a brooding, retro-metal spice to it.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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