It seemed that Buffalo Tom was stepping away from music after the release of Smitten in 1998 and a few songs in 1999, such as “Taillights Fadeâ€ used in the independent film of the same name, and â€œCarnation,â€ a double A-sided single with Liam Gallagher and Steve Cradock. Their next album, Three Easy Pieces, was released in 2007 with mixed reviews; critics argued that they sounded rusty from time off.
Skins, however, is nothing more than pure 1990s alternative rock that only a band from the era could recreate in 2011. The album is not as strong as earlier works like Big Red Letter Day, but itâ€™s still a breathy, effortless rock album that will take you back to the 1990s independent rock scene in spirit and in sound. Harking back to sounds like the Wallflowers in the song â€œDonâ€™t Forget Meâ€ and Everclear in â€œLost Weekend,â€ the album is a consistent addition to the bandâ€™s catalogue.
Skins is out now on Scrawny Records.