I discovered the music of the Buzz Poets over a year ago, and they’re the only band on mp3.com that I have followed since then with any regularity. In the case of their fourth studio album, which is self titled, I am glad I stuck by the band, because it was worth every minute! “Buzz Poets” is a sonic masterpiece, prime to bring the Buzz Poets to a bigger fan base, and an album that is going to put Pittsburgh back on the map!
The album slams to a fast start with “Parasite”, a punk alternative song that just leaps into your head and takes hold, never to let go. With creative chord structure and innovative lyrics, this song is definitely a winner.
From there, the quality just gets better! “Facedown” is one of the most catchy songs I have ever heard! I found myself singing this incidious chorus in my head for hours, only after a few listens! Songs like this allow the Buzz Poets to showcase their lyrical prowess: “We can’t imagine / We’ll ever make it out / Facedown / What is the matter with me? / I cannot take this / I think I’m breaking down / Facedown”. The lyrics are meaningful, and they’re preformed in a way that will make people want to listen again and again!
The creativity continues with “The Hurricane”, a song about how rough relationships can be, and then is followed by “Bionic”, which asks: “How do we like our girls? (Erotic) How do we like their brains? (Chaotic) How do we like our moves? (Robotic) How do we like our grooves? (Bionic). Both songs are well produced, and either one would make a decent follow up single to “Parasite”. But neither is the true winner.
That would go to “Distance Far From Here”, a song that is well played musically, but that also has the lyrics to take it off the ground to let it fly. “Cause I could be the one / You’re dreaming of / When you’re at a distance far from gray / Summer nights when colored lights so bright would hypnotize / Our eyes and make us feel we’re a distance / Far from gray / Now and then I seize the day / But it’s been years since I’ve had faith / My face has turned into an empty slate / A fairy tale, an angels sigh / Born to lead, a need to fly / An answer that I never questioned why / I’d die.” The feelings evoked with this song are just too strong to deny, and I feel like I can understand how the character in the song is feeling in his life without faith.
The next couple songs, in my opinion, are filler. The true winner out of all of them is the eighth track, “Angel Eyes (Song For Dave)”, one of the most beautiful eulogies in song that I have ever heard. Written for their friend Dave, who was murdered by his father, this song came together to become an ode to their friend that woud live on. “All I ask is why / Little angels have to fly / Stars they hide his angel eyes / Throw my hands up to the sky / And I miss his angel eyes / He sings to me / Don’t cry . . .” Beautiful. Just beautiful.
Finally, the other song on the album worth mention is the tenth and final Buzz Poets track “Blue”, which incorporates a light acoustic feel to form a nice closing track that ties the whole album together as a whole. If this is the caliber of music I can expect from the Buzz Poets in the future, I’m sure I’ll keep listening!
The album, if you purchase it on mp3.com, contains three original songs just by Tripper, the lead force behind the Buzz Poets, as well as a rather pointless remix of “Parasite”. The only Tripper song I thought was worth a mention is “Freefall”, an acoustic masterpiece about a woman’s lonliness and her exploration of the world around her. This is a great track, one worth listening to more than once . . . you almost have to listen more than once because it takes that long to really soak in. This is the last of the high points on the “Buzz Poets” album.
All in all, this CD is a winner, poised to bring the original sound of the Buzz Poets to a public that is sure to take the bait! With winning melodies and interesting lyrics, combined with catchiness that very few songs can claim, this album is likely to be one to remember. Check out this album today!
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