When Sean Bones stepped into a solo career a couple of years ago, he did so tentatively, growing restless as his band, Sam Champion, slowly put together the pieces of its next album. Bones' 2009 debut, Rings, was a sun-kissed, reggae-splashed rhythm party inspired as much by the English Beat as it was the indie scene brewing in his Brooklyn neighborhood. His follow-up album doesn't make any sharp turns. Bones pretty much finds an island groove, pops it up a bit, slaps a coat of indie cool on top, and settles in. The opening "Here Now" skips along a summery shuffle, kinda like Sugar Ray if they didn't suck. The rest of Buzzards Boy follows a similar and occasionally dull pattern of breezy songwriting, strumming acoustic guitars, and Bones' spongy vocals, with some dubby echo and ringing steel drums on the side. Serve with bikinis and beer. — Gallucci
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