Scott Schinder
April 12, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Far Side of the World

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jimmy Buffett
Producers
Mailboat

We gave it a C

Buffett’s latest too often blurs the distinction between laid-back and lazy. His tunes celebrating hedonistic good times sound curiously unenthusiastic, while his philosophical anthems substitute cartoonish self-mythology for insight. The most memorable songs are the ones written by Bruce Cockburn and Sonny Landreth, whose slide guitar lends much-needed energy to the snoozy proceedings. C

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