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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the Long Beach, California-based rock band led by Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, who also goes by the name Avi Buffalo.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. "What's in it for me?" Zahner-Isenberg sings with a piercing squeak in the chorus of the album's gooiest pop song. He honestly doesn't know, and that's what makes Avi Buffalo such an affecting listen.
  2. 86
    Continue to muse, and this strange, wonderfully unexpected work of art becomes one of the most mature (and stirring) narratives on intimacy, fidelity, and hesitant honesty heard in a long while.
  3. The band comes together neatly, covering a range that encompasses stripped-down recordings and wider-canvas anthems. Avi Buffalo make songs that, at their best, remain lodged in one's head for days.
  4. 80
    Mrs. Buffalo's boy's not one of the herd: weird, but kind of wonderful. [May 2010, p. 97]
  5. Avi Buffalo have every reason to be sure of themselves; this sneakily complex, unsappily sentimental, thoughtfully naive debut is a very early success.
  6. It's Avi Buffalo's lyrical content, though, that ends up giving away the band's level of maturity, for better and worse.
  7. Like the elder statesmen, the teenage California quartet offer skewed good-time indie pop that won't change your life but will sound fantastic blasted from a front porch on a summer day.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 12, 2012
    8
    While easily accessible and quite pleasant, this album is sincere in both content and form. Its airy guitar and straightforward rockWhile easily accessible and quite pleasant, this album is sincere in both content and form. Its airy guitar and straightforward rock instrumentation are complemented perfectly by Zahner-Isenberg's youthful, at times whimsical, vocals. This songwriter has an impressive knack for catchy melodies and face-value hooks, but simultaneously reveals maturity through contemplative chord structure and stylistic variety. The album successfully integrates various rock, folk, and pop influences. It may not be a game-changing or ground-breaking opus, but it should definitely not be overlooked. At very least, it is a great debut from a very promising songwriter. Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2010
    7
    The opening track is has soothing melodies that seem to compliment as if you cuddled in your snuggie on a Sunday morning reading a love story.The opening track is has soothing melodies that seem to compliment as if you cuddled in your snuggie on a Sunday morning reading a love story. The album is soft and sweet, which could have a tendency to put some listeners slowly to sleep. Expand

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