‘Roadtrip Confessions’ from Buffalo Tales - country-spiced folk music(August 12, 2013)
There’s something eternally engaging about hard-hitting songs that pull no punches and vocals that sound as though they could dish out a few. ‘Roadtrip Confessions’ from Buffalo Tales delivers narratives that examine travelling, searching, arrival, expectation and unlooked-for resolution. And the man at the heart of the music and the vocals, Wes Carr, delivers each song with a commitment that mirrors the depth of the content.
From the wrenching of ‘Whispering Willow’ through the hook and drive of ‘Amsterdam’ to the sombre understanding of ‘Crazy Heart’ there is a sense of letting the songs form themselves as they arrive. Simple guitar, simple production, nothing added that’s not required – each one living in the moment. Every so often a singer-songwriter with this ability comes along and gives out songs that make this level of contact - ‘Roadtrip Confessions’ is a collection of them. The musical breadth to this album ranges freely across its content – the country-rock groove of ‘Oh! My Kingdom’, the mournful harmonica framing the deep-voiced perception of ‘The Flame’ and the resigned discernment of ‘Tricks to Magic’. As well as his own work, Wes adds a melancholy delivery to Leonard Cohen’s ‘Take This Waltz’ and delivers a fine cover of ‘Diamonds’ by Rhianna.
‘Roadtrip Confessions’ by Buffalo Tales is a concept from Sydney, Australia-based singer‐songwriter Wes Carr. It’s also an exceptional piece of country-spiced folk music that shows a singer-songwriter ready to be vulnerable yet impervious, searching yet discovered as he weaves narratives that both expose personal experiences and offer poignant comment on life.
Reviewer: Tom Franks