Favorite Songs: Intruders, Visions of Laredo, Sleeplessness, Take Montanta With You, Good Old Days
Buster Blue is bittersweet and serene. Their album, Sleep Less Where the Heart Is has a great combination of light vocals with a slight raspy sound to it with folk and country undertones. I’m not sure of the members names as the description simply lists them as, “the goombas,” but the album has piano, cello, violin, backing vocals, drums,
Each of their songs have their own unique quality to them, despite being folk. For instance, the song, Hallucinations in C# minor, has a baroque feel to it, with a nice addition of piano that’s almost like a slow and eerie ragtime. It has a similarity to the music of Tom Waits. The violins and Cello add much tranquility to the tail end of the song, Sleeplessness. There are also brief songs like Take Montana with you that has some quirky lyrics to it like, “cover me in kerosene and I will always keep a light for the people and what they like to burn.”
One of their most yearning songs, Good Old Days has a quaint nostalgic feel as the singer talks about how time is slowing ticking away and how he’s been afraid to dance with a girl that he’s been wanting to for years. The song is accompanied by a sentimental sounding violin and a banjo that plucks away in the reminiscing.
Leave me in Coeur D’Alene is more orchestrated with clarinets and drums that build and crescendo. The album ends with a piano ballad in which the singer reminisces on an old house as he narrates moving away from it. The song is a good closer to this very peaceful album.