Twenty years in the music business has not diminished the vibrant creativity inherent in Donna the Buffalo’s songwriting accomplishments as evidenced on their long player, Silverlined.
A bold, fresh approach to reinventing the Donna the Buffalo sound that incorporate inviting, balanced and more open pop arrangements, Silverlined is still based on the lyrics and vocals of founding members, Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear. A one- two punch, Puryear and Nevins’ compositions often follow each other on the album to accent the closeness of their collaborative relationship.
Puryear shines on the disc’s radio friendly "Garden of Eden," while Nevins closes the battle of the sexes gap on "Locket and Key" and "Broken Record." All three songs bounce with an upbeat rhythm courtesy of supporting players Jay Sanders (bass), David McCracken (keys) and Tom Gilbert (drums). Co-producer and engineer Joe Blaney (Blues Traveler, Prince, Keith Richards) brings receptive and critical ears to Silverlined, adding layers of sonic richness inside Puryear’s stripped down takes on "Meant to Be" and "Tomorrow Still Knows."
Enriched with solid musicianship and winning hooks combined with addictive choruses, Donna the Buffalo’s Silverlined has plenty of soul to work it’s way into the hearts and minds of a wide, diverse audience.
Silverlined is out now on Sugar Hill.