This is a Random Album Generator.
One album a day.
From the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Fuzzy

Grant Lee Buffalo

1993

Buy At Rough Trade
Fuzzy
Album Summary

Fuzzy is the debut studio album by American rock band Grant Lee Buffalo, released in 1993 by Slash Records. According to the band's website, "Fuzzy would galvanize the sound of Grant Lee Buffalo, i.e., the acoustic feedback howl of overdriven 12-string guitars, melodic distorto-bass, tribal drum bombast, the old world churn of pump organs and parlor pianos."R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe praised Fuzzy as "the best album of the year hands down".

Wikipedia

Rating

3.02

Votes

10853

Genres

  • Rock

Reviews

Like a review? Give it a thumb up to help us display relevant reviews!
Sort by: Top Date
View Author
Thu Feb 25 2021
1

“Fuzzy” by Grant Lee Buffalo (1993) Never heard of this album or this group. Some innovative instrumentation, but the drums and bass lack the creativity that is evident in guitar and keyboards. Virtually no lead guitar, nearly all acoustic strumming, done competently enough, but it’s monotonous by the end of the album. Melodies are uninspired, necessitated by Lee’s limited vocal range. The lyrics on this album are needlessly opaque. The only interesting cut is the 17-verse “Dixie Drug Store” which tells a coherent story with a not entirely unpredictable twist. But it lacks soul. This entire album barely skims the surface of emotion. We could all pass on this one. 1/5

👍
View Author
Fri Jun 23 2023
2

No wonder he hears America snoring, this shit is soporific

👍
View Author
Sun Sep 19 2021
3

Didn’t make a big impression. Nothing in the lyrics really grabbed me, most of the singing wasn’t very strong, and the music was fine, but not as interesting as the reviews would have led me to believe.

👍
View Author
Wed Mar 31 2021
2

Nice enough music, don't really get what makes it a "1001" album though. 5/10

👍
View Author
Tue Apr 27 2021
4

buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo

👍
View Author
Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Meh. This album was alright, but nothing special for me. I would probably listen to it again, but wouldn't recognize the artist as distinctive. I'm not sure if that makes it 2 or 3 stars, but I'll default to 3.

👍
View Author
Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Fuzzy is a perfectly serviceable album, very much of its time with its distinctive early 90s alt.rock vibe and sound. I found it enjoyable enough, but it didn't blow me away.

👍
View Author
Thu Feb 09 2023
4

The album name, cover and everything made me think this was going to be another boring country album, and then that first song hit me with Puzzle Plank Galaxy from hell and I'm like "wait, this might actually be good". And good it was. I had no idea "gay melodramatic alt-country music" was a genre, but turns out I'm a fan. Makes me want to put on black mascara and watch my fuckin' carrots grow, pardner.

👍
View Author
Fri Jun 11 2021
2

I was hoping this would be more than just your standard 90s alt/indie rock. There are occasional glimmers with the ragtime piano on the first and 8th track and some interesting 12-string guitar sounds, but that's about it. Not saying it's bad, but just a bit too safe to stand out.

👍
View Author
Tue Feb 16 2021
5

I like this album, it reminds me of a folk version of Pixies.

👍
View Author
Thu Oct 27 2022
5

I didn’t expect it but the album has everything I enjoy and will easily become one of my all time favourites. Grungy 90s vocals, folky tunes, Americana and just a right amount of politics make this a perfect combination of 90s alternative. I love it! Also I feel like there’s not a single filler on it - each song has something that draws me further into them. Hard to pick a favourite track!

👍
View Author
Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Ended up enjoying this album far more than I expected. Had never heard of Grant Lee Buffalo, but may start listening to his music regularly.

👍
View Author
Mon Aug 02 2021
4

This was not what I expected. The name made me think it'd be way more country than it was.... In the end it was really solid alternative rock with warm, driving, bounding bass and drums, unreal guitar tones, great piano interludes and an engaging vocal performance. The opener is a belter of an opening track for an album, and leads into a soft spoken tune with chorusey acoustic guitar at the opposite end of the spectrum... It was really good

👍
View Author
Sun Oct 03 2021
4

I really liked this. Interesting sound, sort of alt-country meets Radiohead. Excellent songwriting. 4 stars.

👍
View Author
Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Actually quite liked this, good voice, loved the guitar

👍
View Author
Tue Mar 12 2024
3

Of its time 90’s alt-rock. Probably one that you had to be there to really love - it’s not bad by any stretch, but doesn’t really offer anything extraordinary or gripping, outside of the occasional overt Bowie or Velvet Underground influence. To be honest, I kept mistaking this for Buffalo Tom, another “you had to be there” 90’s alt-rock group, but the truth is, some of this kind of sounds like early Radiohead… [Ducks to avoid projectiles thrown by angry Radiohead fans] …but that’s probably their due to the shared REM influence.

👍
View Author
Fri Apr 22 2022
2

Mir fällt nichts originelles dazu ein. Vielleicht, weil das ganze Album nicht besonders originell ist.

👍
View Author
Thu Feb 18 2021
1

Not outstanding in anyway. Definitely an album that makes me not want to listen to the list for a few days

👍
View Author
Wed Dec 01 2021
1

Ooof. Self important. Insufferable. Dogshit. F

👍
View Author
Sun Feb 14 2021
5

What a gem. So glad I now know about this guy

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 17 2021
5

Awesome probably best album so far

👍
View Author
Fri Jul 02 2021
5

Me ha encantado. No lo concía. Un 5. Es como indie rock.

👍
View Author
Mon Apr 19 2021
5

YIL about emo-country. Loved it!

👍
View Author
Tue Jul 06 2021
5

- distinctive strong sound. kinda sad this is the first time I've come across it. - Like a mature Killers - So glad to have this suggested.

👍
View Author
Thu Jun 03 2021
5

Very good 90s alt-rock, a pleasant surprise.

👍
View Author
Wed Oct 27 2021
5

I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

👍
View Author
Sun Dec 19 2021
5

Love almost the entire album! Really clear sound, all of the elements of the music fit perfectly, original topics for the lyrics (at least in many of the songs).

👍
View Author
Fri Feb 18 2022
5

One of the greatest albums ever recorded. Sublime.

👍
View Author
Thu Mar 17 2022
5

Jupiter and Teardrop is one of the best songs ever. This is such a gem of an album.

👍
View Author
Fri Jun 03 2022
5

Grande Trovador! Album maravilhoso! Amei demais! Melhores músicas: Jupiter and Teardrop, Fuzzy e The Hook

👍
View Author
Fri Jun 17 2022
5

What you get when you order Bruce Springsteen from a 1910 Sears Catalog.

👍
View Author
Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Good music. Kind of folk rock.

👍
View Author
Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Good enough to buy after one listen.

👍
View Author
Fri Nov 04 2022
5

It took me a bit to warm up, but warm up I did! This was new music and a new band to me (although I realized I'd seen Grant-Lee Phillips as the troubadour on "Gilmore Girls"). I really liked the acoustic alternative sound. I'd be happy to listen to more!

👍
View Author
Wed Dec 14 2022
5

only vaguely had heard of the band. loved the album, right up my alley

👍
View Author
Fri Mar 31 2023
5

A masterpiece - almost every song is haunting but the title track alone is a juggernaut. I had forgotten this album, and it seems to me even the rest of the world but it is probably objectively one of the best of the 90s decade.

👍
View Author
Sat May 27 2023
5

Brilliant and really interesting to hear what was going on in the US at a time I was getting into music from the UK. An influence on loads of bands I love you, without actually sounding like any of them. A new favourite for me, and exactly the reason I started this project!

👍
View Author
Fri Jun 02 2023
5

I very much enjoyed this album which was a new discovery for me. 4.5/5

👍
View Author
Sun Jun 25 2023
5

I had forgotten how much I adore this album

👍
View Author
Tue Jun 27 2023
5

I liked this album! I'd never heard of Grant Lee Buffalo before. They sound like a mix of older Neil Young with a little Robbie Robertson in there.

👍
View Author
Wed Jul 12 2023
5

Really good alt rock, every song was good

👍
View Author
Wed Jul 12 2023
5

I love this album. I still think I generally prefer Mighty Joe Moon, but they're both 5/5 for me.

👍
View Author
Sun Jul 16 2023
5

Me ha encantado. No lo concía. Un 5. Es como indie rock.

👍
View Author
Mon Oct 16 2023
5

Fucking great!!! Will listen to again

👍
View Author
Wed Nov 01 2023
5

Had me hooked from the first song, the vibes of "The Shining Hour" were exactly what I needed today. Mr. Buffalo knew what he was doing with these. I absolutely loved this album. Some songs are so danceable, some are just fantastic to sit and listen to. My favourite was "Dixie Drug Store" (love an aul storyline).

👍
View Author
Wed Dec 06 2023
5

Fantastic album, don't have much to add besides that. I loved it. Fuzzy and Wish You Well are real standouts.

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 03 2024
5

Going in to this one blind. The Shining Hour is a good start, this feels in my wheelhouse. I enjoyed Jupiter and Teardrop also. Fuzzy is the starred track on the album, but the slower tempo is doing less for me. The thing this reminds me most of is the inimitable Jeff Buckley (and of course this album predates Grace). Wish You Well chorus is nice. Ha - I just noticed there is a song called Grace on this album too. Soft Wolf Tread probably the least interesting track so far, but I like Stars N' Stripes for sure. MURICA. You Just Have To Be Crazy is fine, but does not really feel to me like the album going out with a bang. I'm leaning towards a 5 here. Whilst the highs are perhaps not as high as I might want in a 5 star album the floor is extremely high. This feels like a very consistent album that I could come back to fully, and I expect get even more out of, so I am going to be optimistic. Fave Tracks: The Shining Hour, Wish You Well, The Hook, Stars N Stripes 4.5/5

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 03 2024
5

4.7 - I loved this album. I have listened to them a fair bit but not sat down to the whole album. Maybe I just love melancholic music, dunno

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 26 2024
5

Best find yet. Folky/Americana with a heavy grunge influence. So tight

👍
View Author
Mon Feb 05 2024
5

Otroligt bra. Starten på albumet, dom första tre är sinnessjukt bra. Det är väl egentligen bara Dixie drug store som inte håller måttet.

👍
View Author
Fri Feb 16 2024
5

No nyt kyllä oli kova levy taas. Akustisvetoista, mutta tymäkkää rockia. Tulee vähän Jeff Buckley ja ajoittain Radioheadikin mieleen. Paehaat: Jupiter and Teardrop, The Hook, Grace

👍
View Author
Sun Feb 25 2024
5

Haunting. Warm. Cerebral bass coating the cries of the lead guitar and vocal. Huge energy at the end. Frisson inducing. 10/10 title track.

👍
View Author
Tue Mar 05 2024
5

10/10 I don’t know, I feel like I shouldn’t love this as much as I do, but there’s just something about it it’s so good and I don’t know why

👍
View Author
Fri Mar 22 2024
5

I really liked this. Note to self: listen again!

👍
View Author
Fri Nov 20 2020
4

Potentially a great album. Need to listen some more though.... fuzzy intro is very some might say!

👍
View Author
Tue Sep 15 2020
4

Pretty good, but not perfect

👍
View Author
Wed Nov 04 2020
4

Very pleasant. Very interesting. Beautiful voice. Nice compositions. Just tired me a wee bit towards the end. 7/10

👍
View Author
Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Very interesting and 'easy on the ear' album, like vocal a lot too

👍
View Author
Thu Nov 19 2020
4

This is like grunge-y rock and roll goodness. Had some bangers on it.

👍
View Author
Thu Jan 28 2021
4

I qquite enjoyed this album. I was initially sceptical but am now a convert

👍
View Author
Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Kein Begriff von diesem Grant Lee Buffalo gehabt; kommt schmissig und locker aus der Umkleide, spielt ein geradlinigen Ball, mit viel Druck und wenig Spirenzchen. Ein schönes Spiel, robust aber immer sauber. Class of 93 wusste noch, worauf es ankam. Das Album wirkt auf mich zudem wie die Blaupause zum Stilgepräge, wonach Jonathan Franzen die Figur des Richard Katz („Freedom“) zusammenbaute. Irgendwie altbacken, grobschrötig und doch mit der psychologischen Sensibilität eines Kindes jener Zeit beschlagen. Handwerklich sehr gut, teils virtuos, ironiefreie Haltung, persönlich, und ja sorry fürs Wort: glaubwürdig. Crafty 3.8

👍
View Author
Sat Mar 27 2021
4

Alternative rock with a great sense of melody. A catchy album which is also a relevant indie rock effort.

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Música country / pop con toques Folk. Entona bien. Tiene un toque British pop.

👍
View Author
Mon May 17 2021
4

Nice! Enjoyable rock and Americana. Better than The Band? Not sure. Favorite was Dixie Drug Store.

👍
View Author
Mon May 10 2021
4

I didn't expect to enjoy a country album

👍
View Author
Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Solid album. I like the vocals. This is one of those 90s alternative bands that flew under the radar. Quite a nice find.

👍
View Author
Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Best way to describe it is Robyn Hitchcock meets Neil Young and Mazzy Star

👍
View Author
Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Really good album. Another band I wish I’d heard of before.

👍
View Author
Fri Aug 13 2021
4

Yeah this was paint by numbers rock and roll, throughly enjoyed

👍
View Author
Mon Aug 16 2021
4

Some really nice moments and slick transitions. A lot of tolerable repetition between those.

👍
View Author
Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Had "Mighty Joe Moon" back in the day but never really listened to any of their other albums. Like their sound. Sort of like Jangle Pop with a little more punch.

👍
View Author
Sun Sep 12 2021
4

really liked this album. The song Fuzzy is great.

👍
View Author
Thu Oct 14 2021
4

I had never heard of this band before and I am really digging this record. I'm surprised I'm connecting with it so much as I usually don't with this kind of rock but it's a great indie/alt album.

👍
View Author
Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Kende ik niet, ontdekking, verrassend. gevarieerd.

👍
View Author
Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Meilleur album de cowboys qu'on ait eu jusqu'à présent Prefs: The Shining Hour, Fuzzy, Dixie Drug Store, America Snoring, Grace Moins pref: Stars'n'Stripes

👍
View Author
Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Really good, classic of the genre and if it's good enough for Michael Stipe, its' good enough for me. "America Snoring" is standout track to me, but love the overall feel and mood of the record. My total sweet spot -- both in style and timing -- early ;90s but I didn't give them enough time back in the day. I almost certainly would have seen them open for someone but can't recall. They deserved more recognition for sure.

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Hørte ikke godr nok efter. Men umiddelbart kunne det godt være udemærket. Men skal lyttes igen Mellem 3 og 4

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Olipa kiva yllätys, tykkään. Varsinkin alkupuoli erittäin jees ja pari oikein kaunista biisiä. Vähän kuin jenkkiversio Kentistä, eli konstailematonta ysärin alt rockia. Loppupuoli oli vähän meh ja meni ehkä välillä turhaksi indiekikkailuksi. Sanoisin silti tasan 3.5/5 ja pyöristellään taas ylöspäin.

👍
View Author
Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Early 90s raw rock. This would equal the early indie scene while grunge was pushing hair metal to the side.

👍
View Author
Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Good, chill music with rock vibes. I enjoyed it!

👍
View Author
Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Surpreendente a sequencia de rock acústico.

👍
View Author
Wed Mar 09 2022
4

4.0 - Any of these songs would’ve been absolutely PERFECT as filler for a mix CD you gave to your crush back in ’93. It’s actually a solid record - very in the middle of a lot of different sounds from that era. "Jupiter And Teardrop" is a terrific archetypal 90s acoustic/electric love ballad. I like the way "Stars N' Stripes" trails off moodily at the end. "Dixie Drug Store" tells a fun story - very rom-comesque. "America Snoring" and "Grace" showcase some generic political coffeehouse musings. Lots of heart, lots of charm.

👍
View Author
Fri Mar 18 2022
4

This has always been a band I've had in the back of my head as something I should listen to and like. Here I am listening to them and liking. Enjoyably dramatic 90s rock. Vocals stand out, for sure. Gives me Jeff Buckley vibes? I'll probably go back to not listening to them, but thinking, "Ya know...I oughta."

👍
View Author
Sun Mar 27 2022
4

This was an unexpected gem, a high quality, well assembled collection of alt country songs, perfect for a road trip or quiet nights in the evening. Really enjoyable.

👍
View Author
Mon May 09 2022
4

It was fun. Only song that stood out was Dixie Drug Store.

👍
View Author
Wed May 11 2022
4

Debut album from the Los Angeles trio. Some describe their music as a type of alt-country; I would put them firmly in the rock category. Their best songs tend to have soaring guitars and vocals building towards guitar solos in an almost epic and anthem-like style. And, there is no doubt Grant Lee Phillips has a great rock voice. I'd say they do the soft-loud-soft-loud dynamic but different than Emo or The Smashing Pumpkins. I read a comparison to Neil Young which I see especially with the mid-song guitar solos and the subjects he covers: environment, abortion, racial issues and broken dreams. There a number of very good songs on this album. "Jupiter and Teardrop" is good example of the soaring guitar and vocals towards guitar solos. "Wising You Well" is very dramatic and builds which this band seems well apt to excel at. "America Snoring" is a commentary of the USA circa 1993 and maybe the centerpiece of the album commenting on abortion and race riots in LA. This is the first Grant Lee Buffalo album I've dug into; well, I've been missing out. A definite keeper and makes me want check out their other albums, most of which appear to be worth doing.

👍
Load more reviews