"Beach House on the Moon" by Jimmy Buffet (1999)
With songs like "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw," "I Will Play For Gumbo," and "Math Suks," it's easy to wonder if you're on a different plane of reality than Jimmy Buffet. One glance at the title of his latest release and any lingering suspicions you have are instantly confirmed. I believe his music is an acquired taste and one I'm not sure I'll ever understand.
Beach House on the Moon is full of the same sound and musical maneuvering you've come to expect from the Buffett man--no surprises here. But his lyrics consistently remind me of Adam Sandler on an off-day--offending my intelligence. I'm not even impressed or entertained, just bored. I kept waiting for catchy tunes, a beautiful melody, or even some well-placed dissonance, but I was utterly disappointed. It's like a cheeseburger without the meat or a gumbo without okra.
All in all, this album lacks the musical perplexities that hold the listeners interest and does a poor job of pretending to be a solid release from a widely beloved and talented musician. I guess what all this means is that those who love Jimmy won't be disappointed, nor will the people who don't.
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