With their fresh-faced good looks, sunny demeanor, and earnest optimism, this coed quartet establishes itself as a big target out of the box for those leery of yet another sticky dose of vaporous pop country.
Compendia releases this Texas-centric compilation under the "Cowpendia" banner, and quite honestly, it aptly represents the thriving Lone Star singer/ songwriter scene via rough-and-rowdy cuts custom-built for live audiences.
Obviously, the appeal of this disc isn't exactly all that broad. Yet, for the devoted Buffalo Tom fan, Besides—a companion to Beggars' 2000 best-of set, A-Sides—is a genuine jewel made even more precious by the fact that the band's future seems unclear (the band went on hiatus last year and has now scheduled a few shows).
Ferry's first release in three years shows the sometime-Roxy Music vocalist in top form. It also shows him collaborating with the likes of Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Dave Stewart (who co-wrote several tunes), and longtime cohort Brian Eno.