My Name is Buddy Indefatigable genre-hopper Ry Cooder gets weirdness points for this one: My Name is Buddy is a concept album about the death of the American working… My Name is Buddy Indefatigable genre-hopper Ry Cooder gets weirdness points for this one: My Name is Buddy is a concept album about the death of the American working… 2007-03-06 Ry Cooder Country
Music Review

My Name is Buddy (2007)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Mar 06, 2007; Lead Performance: Ry Cooder; Genre: Country

Indefatigable genre-hopper Ry Cooder gets weirdness points for this one: My Name is Buddy is a concept album about the death of the American working class starring a cat named Buddy. Cooder's guitar work is lyrical as always, but the songs, steeped in Depression-era sounds and imagery, are oppressively cutesy and faux naive — a theme-park ramble through the Anthology of American Folk Music, with Cooder singing in a gratingly phony yokel's drawl. Listeners seeking homespun lefty anthems are advised to check out buzzworthy up-and-comer Woody Guthrie.

Originally posted Mar 02, 2007 Published in issue #924 Mar 09, 2007 Order article reprints
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