First of all, I have to preface with saying I own every Jimmy Buffett album. He could release an album of knee slapping and spoons and I would still buy it. Having said that, I am first to admit that some of his albums have been weaker than others. Overall, his last couple of releases haven't been some of his better ones. I do like this new album, but I am getting a little tired of Jimmy's new trend of recording a song with a country music star. I really don't like the new effort on this album, Too Drunk To Karaoke. I think this might be the weakest of his country duets to date.
For me, these are the strong songs: Something 'Bout A Boat, Einstein Was A Surfer, Serpentine, Useless But Important Information, I Want To Go Back To Cartagena, Soulfully, Rue De La Guitare, Tides, The Rocket That Grandpa Rode, I Wave Bye Bye, Colour Of The Sun, Oldest Surfer On The Beach
These are the weak songs: Earl's Dead - Cadillac For Sale, Too Drunk To Karaoke, I'm No Russian
If I had to pick one favorite, it would be Serpentine or Colour Of The Sun. Overall, the album has good tunes with only one real dud for me (Too Drunk To Karaoke). I feel like Jimmy had two really great periods of song writing: the mid-70s (albums like Havana Daydreamin, Changes In Latitudes and A1A) and the mid-90s (Fruitcakes, Barometer Soup and Banana Wind). Many of the songs on Songs From St. Somewhere remind me of his music from those periods.
If you like Jimmy Buffett, I'm sure you'll like this album.