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Buffalo Tom – Quiet and Peace – Ltd Ed Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl, LP, Schoolkids Records, 2018

In the three decades since first convening at the University of Massachusetts, Buffalo Tom—singer-guitarist Bill Janovitz, bassist-vocalist Chris Colbourn and drummer Tom Maginnis—have built a formidable body of work. Having first made its mark with a raw, raucous approach that put the band at the forefront of the ’90s alt-rock explosion, the intrepid trio has consistently revealed new layers of musical and emotional depth, as manifested in the bittersweet ballads, soul-searching songcraft and rousing rock tunes that make up the new album Quiet and Peace. The consistently compelling 11-song set (on the band’s own Scrawny label, in association with Schoolkids Records) finds the band simultaneously mining their best-known sonic elements while breaking new ground on emotionally resonant new tunes such as “All Be Gone,” “Overtime,” “Roman Cars,” “Freckles” and “CatVMouse.”