Last Call for the Quiet Life
Reviewed by: Brian Roser
One of the album’s tracks features the line “It’s bad advice, but only if you use it.” Does that mean this is a bad album, but only if you listen to it? Last Call for the Quiet Life is not bad, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot to it. Buddy’s high, ethereal voice floats over the music like a cloud without the storm. There is poetry here, but not energy. Okay, I will admit that it’s hard to combine both ethereal and energetic together, so perhaps that isn’t fair.
There are ten songs on the album. You can tell when a songs stops, because there are a few seconds of silence. Not a change in tone, pitch, rhythm or even theme mind you, just the few seconds of silence. The other thing about ethereal music is that there aren’t many peaks and valleys to it. To his credit, the lyrics are both poetic and sincere. I’m sure writing the songs was very therapeutic for him, but I can only go so far in following someone else’s existential crisis before I start to wonder why I’m making the trip.
Buddy is on an emotional journey. If you don’t particularly want to go with him, feel free to skip it.