The Buckets are apparently a one-off project from members of Ed's Redeeming Quality, who are all right, even if they do reek a little bit of would-be-high-brow-novelty-band-status. Sadly this side project serves only to enhance that "this is all really a very droll joke" feel, only this time the joke appears to be that they're a country band. Ha ha.
The A-side ("Cowgirls") is annoying. Does absolutely nothing for me.
The B-side ("Western Star") is almost a good enough song to overcome the annoying lyrics. Nice fiddle, banjo, ukelele arrangement, but not quite enough to shake the stigma of novelty band.
Rating: C+ (Trying to be funny. Failing.)Reviewed by Padgett Arango