Jimmy Buffett's albums are almost always happily hedonistic, but every now and then even he admits that there's hell to pay for all the high jinks. OnA1A, an album named for the coastal highway that ends just blocks from the singer's onetime home in Key West, Florida, that realization comes in the form of "A Pirate Looks at Forty" and "Trying to Reason with the Hurricane Season," which acknowledge the onset of a king-size hangover. Buffett offers some hair of the dog on "Presents to Send You" and "Life Is Just a Tire Swing," however, and there's a nice selection of other tracks as well, including the lovely waltz "Nautical Wheelers" and "Door Number Three," a hilarious if somewhat dated song about the long-lost game showLet's Make a Deal.--Daniel Durchholz
Give me my choice of 15 recordings while I am stranded on an island and this is one of the first 7. A heavy influence of Country Music is apparent and boy does it sound good. Migration is my personal favorite but Nautical Wheelers, Door Number 3, Life Is Just A Tire Swing, and A Pirate Looks At Forty are all excellent. Not a bad song in the lot.