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Seven strong songs, three decent, two meh, one okay, and one won't play
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2020
As a big Jimmy Buffett fan I was looking forward to this release. When the CD arrived I couldn't add it to my iTunes because the first song had data corruption. It won't play, so I can't say how good the song is because all I heard was the amazon preview. I was able to play the other songs by downloading them individually. I'm returning the CD for a replacement; hopefully it was an aberration and not a widespread encryption problem at Mailboat Records. As for the album, I was happy with it. By now you know the Buffett album formula. You get some upbeat but relaxed island-rhythm laissez-faire songs ("Who Gets to Live Like This," "Hey, That's My Wave" and "Down at the Lah De Dah" if the preview is any indication), a few slower and thoughtful ballad-style songs ("Book on the Shelf," "The Slow Lane," "Slack Tide"), a few offbeat lyric songs set to old-school beats Buffett once described as "tap-dance songs" ("Mailbox Money," "Half Drunk"), an old rocker song ala "Livingstone Saturday Night" ("The Devil I know"), a flat-out goofy song ("Cussin' Island"), change-of-pace song ("15 Cuban Minutes"), and a few "message" songs ("Oceans of Time," "Live, Lit It's Your Last Day"). Often it takes a few plays for all the songs on a Buffett album to grow on you, but I instantly liked tracks 2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 14. And I think that first unplayable song probably fits in that category as well. This one's going to get a lot of play.