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Songs from St. Somewhere [Digipak]

Album: Songs from St. Somewhere [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Somethin' 'Bout a Boat
2)    Einstein Was a Surfer
3)    Earl's Dead -- Cadillac for Sale
4)    Too Drunk to Karaoke - (featuring The McAnally Sisters/Toby Keith)
5)    Serpentine
6)    Useless But Important Information
7)    I Want to Go Back to Cartagena
8)    Soulfully
9)    Rue de la Guitare
10)    I'm No Russian
11)    Tides
12)    Rocket That Grandpa Rode, The
13)    I Wave Bye Bye
14)    Colour of the Sun
15)    Oldest Surfer on the Beach
16)    I Want to Go Back to Cartagena [Spanish Version] - (featuring Fanny L)
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Jimmy Buffett (vocals, guitar); Mac McAnally, Peter Mayer (vocals, guitar); Jim Mayer (vocals, bass guitar); Fanny L, Tina Gullickson, Nadirah Shakoor (vocals); Will Kimbrough (guitar); Doyle Grisham (pedal steel guitar); John Lovell (trumpet); Mike Utley (keyboards); Roger Guth (drums); Robert Greenidge (steel drum); Eric Darken (percussion); Lars Larsen, Kino Bachellier, Heikki Larsen, Mike Mason.
  • Audio Mixers: Chris Stone; Danny Ponce; Emilio Estefan, Jr.; Alan Schulman.
  • Liner Note Author: Jimmy Buffett.
  • Recording information: Bismeaux Studio, Austin, TX; Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; British Grove Studios, London, England; Crescent Moon Studios, Miami, FL; Eden Rock Studios, St. Barthelemy, FWI; FL Studios, Bogota, Colombia; Lala Land Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL; Shrimp Boat Sound Studio, Key West, FL; Sound Emporium Studios, Nashville, TN.
  • Photographers: Lars Larsen; Jean-Philippe; The Margarillas.
  • Jimmy Buffett never fails to give the Parrotheads what they want, varying his sound just enough to keep things interesting for him without making his fans scurry away. In the new millennium, this often meant that Buffett catered to the country crowd that came his way after Alan Jackson brought him in to sing "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" -- Kenny Chesney co-opted Jimmy's breezy Caribbean country-rock not much later -- but on his albums of the 2000s, he often pursued a songwriterly direction, either covering other skilled writers (as he did on the charming 2006 set Take the Weather with You) or writing his own tunes (the relatively lean 2009 LP Buffet Hotel). In the grand scheme of things, these albums were subtle affairs. That's not the case with 2013's Songs from St. Somewhere. Shamelessly silly and boisterously boozy, Songs from St. Somewhere flirts with self-parody and sometimes slips into pure tackiness. Surely, some of the bad taste is intentional -- he brought in Toby Keith to sing "Too Drunk to Karaoke" for a reason and he winkingly rhymes "Twitter" with a vulgarity on "Useless But Important Information" -- but when he makes a jocular offhand reference to Pussy Riot's incarceration on "I'm No Russian," his crassness grates. A good portion of Songs from St. Somewhere is amiably aimless -- Buffett is better off when he's mellow, picking out odes to boats, beach, surfers, and sun -- with the only thing threatening to spoil the mood being the decidedly silly songs. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.65) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Jimmy Buffett's 31st album is full of chill evocations of island life..."
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