Buffalo - The Phoenix Foundation
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 12, 2011
    70
    Samuel Flynn Scott's vocals often come across as nondescript but aim to be familiar rather than remarkable, suiting the sense of easy immediacy here -- the appeal of being what you expect.
  2. Jul 12, 2011
    80
    Whatever the case, those years out of the spotlight have served TPF well: every second of Buffalo is wrought and layered with artisan care, and if ever you were looking for a record to banish the winter, this could be it.
  3. 60
    Not a bad album by any means, Buffalo simply isn't a good album: a couple of decent tracks present themselves but it doesn't feel like a 45-minute investment.
  4. Jul 12, 2011
    70
    This isn't quite there yet for The Phoenix Foundation; there remains the nag that they haven't quite satisfied the need for more infectious hooks, although to their credit efforts have clearly been made.
  5. Jul 12, 2011
    60
    They've fleshed out the colourful sketches that make up the bulk of their last album. [Feb 2011, p.96]
  6. Jul 12, 2011
    70
    Until they're discovered by a big primetime television programme--and that day will surely come--those who know can rest assured that Buffalo is another strong entry in their impressive catalogue.
  7. Jul 12, 2011
    80
    This album then is in no way spectacular or ostentatious, but partly because of this there are almost no moments at which it falls flat; and if anything marks out an LP as being not just good, but very good, as well as stepping it away from being a mere collection of songs, it's an excellently crafted and cohesive consistency.
  8. Jul 12, 2011
    60
    Ultimately, what Buffalo lacks is any sort of variation between the tracks, particularly when it comes to pacing, which only alternates between the slow and soft and mid-tempo trots. This does make for an even listen, but that also means there's a lack of any real emotional highlights.
  9. Jul 12, 2011
    60
    The music is let down by clunky lyrics. [Feb 2011]
  10. Jul 12, 2011
    100
    Songwriting this good doesn't come along often.
  11. 80
    At its best, it has a radiant, marvellous sound.
  12. Each to their own. For me, there's nothing here not to like, but even less to love.

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