My Name Is Buddy - Ry Cooder
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  • Summary: Van Dyke Parks and Pete Seeger are among the guests on the guitarist's rustic 17-song effort, which is told from the perspective of a cat, a mouse, and a toad(!).
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. It adds up to a light-hearted, sometimes poignant elegy for the American working man and his music.
  2. Although serious themes are threaded throughout, it's light compared with Cooder's last work, the "Chavez Ravine" account of cultural displacement, politics and baseball. Maybe for that very reason, this is a better listen.
  3. 80
    It's frequently wistful, sad and nostalgic. Yet Cooder's eccentric storytelling style and his prankish, Sufjan Stevens-ish take on Americana also sounds oddly contemporary. [Apr 2007, p.99]
  4. It’s a little long at 17 tracks, and hard to take in one sitting, but these songs present Americana in such an oddly compelling way that it’s almost impossible to ignore.
  5. This is not a record meant for parsing, though there are certainly some standout tracks... Instead it's meant to be consumed like you would a favorite book. [May 2007, p.64]
  6. Although the folk songs fit the theme of the album, they don't showcase Cooder's skills as a composer.
  7. Whether anyone outside of the NPR listening audience actually gives a shit about what clever socio-political points Cooder is trying to make metaphorically is difficult to say.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
    Mar 11, 2007
    Cartoon perfect.
  2. peterh
    Mar 12, 2007
    Fantastic record it´s been a long wait
  3. RainerS
    Mar 19, 2007
    It's nice to see Ry Cooder return to the Purple Valley, albeit with a little less pizzazz. People denouncing Buddy as cutesy should take a refresher course in humor and remember that it never hurts to put your tongue in your cheek once in a while (mind you, not all the time). And if you still think it's that bad, you can always tune out the lyrics. The music can hold its own any day. Expand
  4. JasonK
    Mar 26, 2007
    Wonderful imagery, but requires multiple listens. This album has really grown on me unlike anything recently. Just the first cut is worth owning the album for, but after 10 listens I prefer to hear the whole darn thing. The artwork is stunning as well...hope they put out a vinyl version with larger prints. Unique, charming, full of humor, topical and great for driving. I really love this album. Thanks Ry! Expand
  5. MickT
    Mar 28, 2007
    This is a great album because it is a vision brought to life, and done so with great skill and care for the nuances in music..tone and space and melody. This album captures the essence of Ry Cooder, but is not like other Ry albums. This is more like a story-scape. It's refreshing to hear an artist make a statement they want to and not pander to what they have done, or what people expect them to do. This is querky, skillfull and soulful...Ry Cooder. Yes, selfishly I would like to see more songs like Sundown Town and 3 Chords and the truth, but he gives me something else..he lets us into his imagination and view of contemporary music. Expand
  6. mikes.
    Mar 7, 2007
    an overrated release, not as accessible as his last album, less polished and melodies aren't as catchy. I think because ry cooder is an icon he's getting unwarranted praise from critics. His last album was fantastic one of the best albums of the year, this time around songwriting is still solid but overall just an average release. Expand
  7. jodro
    Mar 8, 2007
    Please can we get real for a moment and leave the politically correct

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