Rob Brunner
January 24, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Lonesome Billy

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Bill Janovitz

We gave it a B

On Bill Janovitz’s first solo album, Lonesome Billy, the frontman for onetime next-big-thing Buffalo Tom mutates that band’s low-key alternative rock into the equally inoffensive country-rock sound of groups like Wilco and Sun Volt. For the most part, it works: The country influences sound natural and Janovitz’s semi-ragged voice is well-suited to the twang-tinged ballads. Only the inclusion of novelties like ”Strangers,” a hammy imitation of classic country verging on parody, makes it hard to take this stuff seriously.

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