Gooding | Buffalo (S3 Records)

Gooding 75Sometimes a solid album isn’t made with groundbreaking content or instrumental technicality — it’s made by a simple, enjoyable escape from the everyday grind.

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Los Angeles-based rock band Gooding is back with their third full-length release, titled Buffalo. The album doesn’t sound much different than the band’s past releases, just a little more structurally polished. The album is pretty straightforward but very tight. Sometimes a solid album isn’t made with groundbreaking content or instrumental technicality — it’s made by a simple, enjoyable escape from the everyday grind. Buffalo is an album made to make you feel good and free, and I think it does just that.

My personal favorite track on the album is “Ironsides,” providing an edgy and extremely engrossing vibe that stuck with me. Another major highlight is “Dark Horses,” which has a softer approach to the band’s normally energetic sound. But the change of pace is relaxing and gives the sense that you’re sitting out in the open plains of the country. I think that feeling is exactly what Gooding wants for the listener. Much of the album, especially the single “Mountain”, gives off the carefree vibe of being on the open road. Since the band states on their website that they have been more-or-less touring nonstop for the past 8 years, this is quite justifiable. Every track has an underlying country vibe to help push this concept throughout the album.

This album is basically one feel-good jam that lasts about 40 minutes. Songs use their catchy riffs as a crutch and make the beat/feel more memorable than the lyrics, and some songs only stand out for their lead riff. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing — the album is fun, energetic, and a good time overall. Though Gooding sounds like they’re content in their comfort zone of music, the slight polish added with each album makes this their strongest release to date. It’s not mind-blowing, but definitely worth a listen if alternative/rock is up your alley. B- | Alex Wilking

Standout tracks – Hey Hey, Dark Horses, Ironsides

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