It’s no surprise that Alterations and Repairs is getting a lot of radio attention (KCRW’s top tune pick) and television airplay (Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Smallville andRoad Rules). Los Angeles’ Buddy created an album which makes an excellent soundtrack for life. Falling somewhere between Death Cab for Cutie and Sparklehorse, it takes minimal pop gems and lines them with electronic pulses and juxtaposed accents to invigorate uncommonly beguiling interest from such refined, understated pop.
The secret to Alterations and Repairs is its attention to detail. It’s an album that validates the philosophy of making a lot out of a little. Standard drum pacing and quintessential circling guitar notes add familiarity to the album, but keyboards, sci-fi moogs and singer Buddy ’s Ben Gibbard-like innocent tone sweeten the deal. His cadence has that quality where, in getting louder, it only gets sweeter, not edgier.
Buddy’s lyrics pine, hurt and adore. The great opening single, “Say a Lot,” sets the tone for the rest of the album. Buddy’s gentle voice murmurs, “Wish I was who you wished I was / Never really takes a lot to lose you / I don’t have to say a lot to lose you / You don’t have to leave a light on.” Although the vocal technique can teeter into emo, any tackiness conveyed by the gushy poetry is put to rest by the soothing electronic rhythm and warm acoustic guitar strokes. The irresistible feel-good melodies, like songs by New Order, have an alluring, dark moodiness woven into their joyful instrumental patchwork.
Alterations and Repairs is a fantastic record with the mellowest of delivery. Rather than being the kind of album that needs attention, it comfortably creates a rich, soft and mood-driven environment. The strings ebb, the rhythms flow and Buddy’s subtle vocals soothe like a modern-day nursery rhyme. (My Name is Bloody Music/ Stove Punchin’ Records)
- Christopher Petro
released January 25, 2007
Produced by: Will Golden, Al Sgro, and Buddy
About Buddy & Alterations and Repairs:
Buddy Consists of: Grammy Award winning drummer Michael Jerome (John Cale, Better than Ezra, Blind Boys of Alabama), Will Golden (Gary Jules) bass, Percy Haverson (Knifeyhead) guitar, Al Sgro (Gary Jules) drums, Fil Krohnengold (Golden Smog, Duncan Sheik) keys.
"Alterations and Repairs", Buddy's debut Album, features guest musicians/vocalists including: Anna-Lynne Williams (trespassers william), Ben Peeler (Alexi Murdoch), Meiko (Meiko), Ollie (Sia, Tom McRae).
Mixed by Bryan Cook (The Bird & The Bee)
Mastered By Roger Siebel (Death Cab/Plans).
Artwork by PCP (The Postal Service).
Buddy is an evolving collection of Los Angeles musicians, the singer & songwriter of which is a man named Buddy. Buddy’s
songs are full of brilliant turns of phrase and suffused with beauty, longing, and sadness.
Buddy has a new album coming out on August 19th called Last Call for the Quiet Life. The sound is lush where his previous work was spare, and it features lots of lovely vocal harmonies....more