Picks and Pans Review: Buffalo Nickel
Baird is just a skinny white guy who was raised in Atlanta. But let him plug his guitar into a stack of amplifiers and sidle up to a microphone and, SHAZAM!, he is transformed into an imposing sonic superhero. Harken to his mighty riffs and rejoice.
With Buffalo Nickel, the former singer for the Georgia Satellites serves up another heaping helping of zesty open-pit rock. His raunchy but pure style recalls Crazy Horse, Lynyrd Skynyrd, NRBQ and the Faces. On his second solo LP, Baird does the three-chords-and-a-cloud-of-reverb tradition proud, from the stinging opener, "Younger Face," which rumbles along on a voracious Neil Young-like guitar juggernaut, to a smash-mouth cover of Deep Purple's "Hush." In lesser hands, this raucous retro rock would seem derivative, but Baird manages to sound like he just invented the power chord this morning. (American Recordings)