With two long players already under their belt, The Blues Buffet return with their ‘Reality Show’. Don’t let the band’s name predetermine expectations as there is much more on offer. While the core of songs do show a strong blues influence the band’s open-minded approach to arrangement, and unique hooks create plenty of both appeal and authenticity. With a striking vocal resemblance to local legend Midge Marsden, vocalist/guitarist Fred Loveridge carries the lion’s share of tracks in style. The songs are complimented with strong backing vocals and Paul Wilson’s intricate keyboard fills and vamps. Guitars appear only when required and do so in style. From the laid back and funky blues groove of Too Much Trouble to the psychedelic instrumental Cold Sausage Ragg, there are all the ingredients blues fans are looking for, and more. You Essay contains a genius chorus that well illustrates an impressive collection of songs. If this is how Whanganui does the blues, they are doing something right.