At Best Cuckold (CD)


Avi Buffalo

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Amoeba Review

09/08/2014

Long Beach’s Avi Buffalo graduates to the big leagues with At Best Cuckold. Opening track “So What” reveals gleaming guitars and casual brattiness that shows Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg and his band cleaning up some of the psych clutter from their great debut record in favor of a streamlined sound, but they’re still weirdos at heart. Serpentine lullaby “Memories of You” softly jangles with country-rock guitars, proggy touches and funny lyrics like “bitch I’m on fire…I’m a cheeseball on fire.” It speaks to the band’s ability to reference classic bands while putting out their own vibe. It’s hard to pull off a “Here Comes a Regular”-style vulnerable acoustic-guitar song like “Two Cherished Understand,” and Avi Buffalo does it by keeping it short, sweet and ultimately unique. Part of that uniqueness comes from Zahner-Isenberg’s way with a non sequitur—“I ran over two dogs, then I ate them after,” he admits amid a fizzy Western backdrop on “Think It’s Gonna Happen Again.” And he gives the best breakup line of the year on “Oxygen Tank,” singing, “A man carrying an oxygen tank is gonna come kill me and my family too if I don’t stop seeing you.” The Flaming Lips comparison still haunts them a bit, yet these songs have personality for days, so who cares, ultimately. “These birds seem so fucking free/they're nothing compared to me” Zahner-Isenberg sings faux-sweetly on “Overwhelmed With Pride,” and it’s tough not to believe him.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
So What
Avi Buffalo 03:23
2.
Memories Of You
Avi Buffalo 04:11
3.
Can't Be Too Responsible
Avi Buffalo 03:19
4.
Two Cherished Understandings
Avi Buffalo 01:42
5.
Overwhelmed With Pride
Avi Buffalo 04:03
6.
Found Blind
Avi Buffalo 03:06
7.
She Is Seventeen
Avi Buffalo 03:05
8.
Think It's Gonna Happen Again
Avi Buffalo 02:58
9.
Oxygen Tank
Avi Buffalo 05:28
10.
Won't Be Around No More
Avi Buffalo 03:50

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