Buffalo Nickel

Dan Baird

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Buffalo Nickel Review

by William Ruhlmann

Dan Baird and his producer, Brendan O'Brien, trade noisy guitar licks on another set of gutbucket rock & roll tunes. Baird's approach is so basic it borders on the generic, except when he comes up with striking lyrics to supplement the simple sound, such as on the album-opening "Younger Face," a Dylanish complaint about "another five and dime would-be local legend" who "has come to take your place" (or maybe to take Baird's, unless he can distinguisb himself from the pack a little more often). There is also a nice cover of the old Deep Purple hit "Hush" that features songwriter Joe South on "na na's, hushes and good love's."

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