10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From his opening rasp, Todd Snider channels Randy Newman. He wryly serves himself up as the town crier and gets down to business with a greasy blues that traces the history of inequality and touches on the history of religion. The Occupy movement might find its most caustic musical spokesman in Snider. However, he's not one to be easily characterized. "New York Banker" tells of a teacher who learns what happened to his retirement nest egg, but Snider unspools plenty of other stirring tales. "Brenda" is a love song for Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; it's based on Keith's nasty nickname for his lifelong pal and features a Richards-like guitar riff. "West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown" is done up as a gnarled cover of the Jimmy Buffett tune. Fact is, the sound of this album is raw and fantastic, reliant on Snider's rudimentary acoustic guitar, Amanda Shires' hearty violin, and vocal harmonies that are rough and ready to take on all challenges.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From his opening rasp, Todd Snider channels Randy Newman. He wryly serves himself up as the town crier and gets down to business with a greasy blues that traces the history of inequality and touches on the history of religion. The Occupy movement might find its most caustic musical spokesman in Snider. However, he's not one to be easily characterized. "New York Banker" tells of a teacher who learns what happened to his retirement nest egg, but Snider unspools plenty of other stirring tales. "Brenda" is a love song for Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; it's based on Keith's nasty nickname for his lifelong pal and features a Richards-like guitar riff. "West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown" is done up as a gnarled cover of the Jimmy Buffett tune. Fact is, the sound of this album is raw and fantastic, reliant on Snider's rudimentary acoustic guitar, Amanda Shires' hearty violin, and vocal harmonies that are rough and ready to take on all challenges.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

mdelahun ,

Another winner!

This album has the same vibe as Todd's other recent work. He seems to be evolving into a different artist than his original material. I suspect that Todd practices what he preaches. That is more than I expect from most people these days.

samistake2ice ,

A "1 star" Todd....

.... Snider album is still better than most other albums.
Every once in awhile, Todd has 10 songs so he puts out a record. Im not complaining because the more new music the better. But it leaves us with albums like "peace queer" and and "agnostic hyms". Love it cause i dig the music and the vibe, however these albums are not on par with "excitement plan" and "devil you know." It seems like "PQ" and "AH&SF" have a slightly more serious tone and a little less cheek. If your a fan of todd sniders (and you should be) then get the album! Stand outs for me are Brenda, Precious Little Miracles, and The Very Last Time. For the price id say its def worth it! but ill go back to patiently awaitng todds next "big budget" album.

MunkeePrince ,

Wicked funny

Not too many songwriters take on the suffering pathos of the nation....in such an amusing way. Make a copy for all your unemployed friends!

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