Songs from St. Somewhere

Songs from St. Somewhere

by Jimmy BuffettJimmy Buffett


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2013
Label: Mailboat Records
UPC: 0698268215016
catalogNumber: 2150
Rank: 80990

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
Tina Gullickson   Vocals
Roger Guth   Drums
Mark Knopfler   Guest Appearance
Mac McAnally   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Mayer   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Nadirah Shakoor   Vocals
Mike Utley   Keyboards
John Lovell   Trumpet
Will Kimbrough   Guitar
Oscar Romero   Percussion,Guest Appearance
José Victor Escorcia   Accordion,Guest Appearance
Fanny Lú   Vocals
Peter Mayer   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Composer,Liner Notes
Jesse Winchester   Composer
Pat McLaughlin   Composer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Emilio Estefan   Producer
Roger Guth   Composer
Jeff Hughes   Composer
J.L. Jamison   Studio Manager
Mark Knopfler   Composer
Mac McAnally   Composer,Producer
Chris Stone   Engineer
Django Walker   Composer
Michael Utley   Producer
Steve Mazur   Engineer
Kosh   Art Direction
Will Kimbrough   Composer
Alan Schulman   Engineer
Dave Berg   Composer
Rich Cooper   Engineer
James Otto   Composer
Patrick Davis   Composer
Andrés Múnera   Engineer
Danny Ponce   Engineer
Dan Cook   Guitar Techician
Eric Paslay   Composer
Peter Mayer   Composer

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