Blossom Music Center | Cuyahoga Falls, OH
The Caribbean poet troubadour weaver of rum tales and cheeseburger-deprived sails does it again. Seven years after his last complete album, Jimmy brings you another. Jimmy Buffett, Life on the Flip Side Tour at Blossom Music Center on Saturday, September 25th, 2021, with the very laid back Coral Reefer band. Grab some tickets and head on down to Blossom Music for some chilled out tunes, and good vibes, with Buffett sounding as tropically obsessed and possessed as ever, the gangs all here with songs as grooving, melodic, and lyrical as any in his career.
Life on the Flip Side, appeared at the break of summer 2020, a good seven years after Songs from St. Somewhere, his last collection of original material. Buffett didn't use these years to figure out ways to expand his purview, but he did work at finding some interesting variations upon his signature beachy vibe. Chalk up some of this variation to his choice to work with a few new collaborators. While his longtime lieutenant Mac McAnally is here as a co-writer and co-producer alongside Michael Utley, Irish singer and songwriter Paul Brady helps write a bunch of the tunes and Lukas Nelson co-writes "Who Gets to Live Like This." The new blood seems to spur Buffett to tighten up a bit, while also allowing him to dip into some Bakersfield twang on "The Devil I Know" and a vaudevillian shuffle on "Half Drunk." At times, Life on the Flip Side gets a little too silly for its own good, as on the too goofy by half "Cussin' Island," where he chews out little kids for swearing, but it wouldn't be a Buffett album without a serious dose of silliness. Here, the silliness is either tempered by a bit of heart, the singalong "Hey, That's My Wave" is dedicated to the late, great surf guitar giant Dick Dale, or it's outweighed by breezy good vibes that seem heartfelt, even grateful. – AllMusic