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Burden of Proof finds this Austin-based singer/songwriter reflecting on fleeting love and looming mortality in a downbeat mood, lacing his trademark skewed lyrical wit with strong doses of longing and regret. Since the late ‘90s, Schneider has developed into an adept tunesmith who embraces classic Tin Pan Alley pop, folk, and jazz while forging a distinct identity as a playfully surreal romantic. His buoyant melodic sense is still evident here, though it's wrapped in somber piano tones and lent gravity by The Tosca String Quartet’s well-tailored orchestrations. Moody pieces like “Digging for Icicles” (fusing spooky imagery with a supple bass line) and “The White Moon” (shimmering with high strings and Auto-Tuned vocals) have a haunting charm. Schneider’s subdued, slightly gravelly vocals lend intimacy to “Wish the Wind Would Blow Me,” "Hop on the World," and similarly bittersweet numbers. Especially poignant is “Weed Out the Weak,” a poetic meditation on the events of 9/11. The lean acoustic rhythm of “The Effect” and the percolating electronica groove of “John Lennon” help lighten Burden of Proof’s pervasive shadows.

Customer Reviews

Just listened to the entire album. You never stop to amaze bob

You are rediculously talented, humble and hilarious all at the same time. Your songwriting just continues to improve with time. Really glad to see that "Wish the wind would blow me" showed up on here. It has been one of my favorites since your 2007 live double-album recorded at the Cactus Cafe. For any of you who happen to have obtained an early release of this albumn, honor the artist by buying the album. I just did.

Greatest working songwriter

Bob never disappoints. See him live and change your life.


Classic bait and switch!! They promoted with Unpromised Land because THAT'S that Bob everyone wants, the Bob from Loneyland, he knows it, considering that when people spend more than 10 bucks outside of Saxon Pub, he gives it to us. He is my all time fav, he's quick, lyrical, and rhythmic...but this Album is flat and lame. Bob is one of the few instruments in his own right, enough with the overdone backgrounds already.


Born: October 12, 1965 in Ypsilanti, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Bob Schneider is a fixture on the Austin scene, having kicked around for years in various bands before embarking on a solo career in 1999. Born in Michigan and partially raised in Germany, he dropped out of the University of Texas at El Paso to front his first band, the funk and rap outfit Joe Rockhead. The band released three independent albums before disbanding immediately prior to signing with a major label. A stint with a jammy, slightly Phishy outfit called the Ugly Americans followed, which...
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