THE BLUES BUFFET: All You Can Eat Baby
By Alistar Wickens
On the second track of their latest album the Blues Buffet declare that “Blues is my business, and business is good”, a statement that pretty accurately sums up the album. This is tight blues rock, with the decades of cumulative experience in other bands showing through on each of the 11 tracks from this Wanganui four-piece. While it’s not an original sound, the passion for what they are doing, coupled with the quality of that sound (courtesy of Levin’s Tsunami Sound Studios and the recording expertise of Dave Trail and Adele McCartney) more than make up for it. Being a blues band they cover the usual territory of booze and women, but the real treats are the more topical songs; Down With Wall Street and Aftershock Blues are particularly relevant at the moment and step outside typical blues clichés. Too Nice, Too Long is the other stand out track for me; its slower tempo, heavy use of backing vocals and long solos a great way to wind the album down from the faster, rocking blues of the earlier tracks.