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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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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.

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.

Nice job

Fantastic songwriting. Perfect for a lazy Friday night on the patio or for a road trip to the coast. As always, TS provides thought provoking lyrics cast against the backdrop of narratives that are never factual but always true. (kinda like the old testament of you ask me) cue Alanis about the rain etc.

The songs all sound like they are being played, not rehearsed. There is a very authentic feeling all the way around on this deal. Good effort by the Storyteller, one that will likely grow on you


Born: October 11, 1966 in Portland, OR

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Todd Snider first garnered attention for his timely alt-rock satire "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues," a folk-rock song that struck a chord with younger people fed up with angry alternative rock bands, and at the same time, appealed to aging rockers who grew up with the folk revival of the 1960s. Snider was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in Santa Rosa, Austin, Houston, and Atlanta. After moving to Memphis in the mid-'80s and establishing residency at a local club named...
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