Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Avi Buffalo balances art and uncouthness. Mostly.

Avi Buffalo - Self-Titled
Sub Pop
-out now!
3.5 / 5

The debut by Long Beach-native Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg begs the question: is there such a thing as beautiful crassness? Should vulgarity sounds so pleasant? Perhaps the answer lies in "What's in it For?" the clear, takeaway single from this collection of light, airy tunes. Nothing here hits harder than a light pluck, which is surprising considering some of the material ("Five Little Sluts," "Where's Your Dirty Mind"). While Zahner-Isenberg carefully straddles the line between art and outright disgustingness, generally he plays it just risque; our main regret on here is the song "Summer Cum," which is a needless overflow of... perhaps it needn't be mentioned. But other than that track, "Avi Buffalo" is indie pop strong enough to support itself. For the future, hopefully this act will show a bit more restraint and a little less juvenile impulse. Still recommended.

Listen to "What in it For": www.myspace.com/453173424

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