13 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Clem Snide’s singer-songwriter Eef Barzelay writes songs that on the surface come across as, well, snide. But beyond the lyrics that often use humor where others place pathos, the songs often settle on a late-night countrified rock that sounds like it took place a few decades ago. After a brief “solo” career with 2008’s Lose Big, Barzelay went back to recording as Clem Snide. Roy Agee’s trombone, Carole Rabinowitz’s cello and Tony Crow’s keyboards add extra textures to the tunes while the band’s official core — Barzelay, bassist Brendan Fitzpatrick and drummer Ben Martin — stay the course that's made Clem Snide one of the most reliably melodic bands of the ‘90s and ‘00s. “Denise,” “The Meat of Life” and “Forgive Me, Love” sound like a man coming to terms with his own sagging spirit with just enough gusto to make it to the finish line. “I Got High” clicks with a soft-rock harmony to comfort a more innocent age. “Denver” and “Please” are lonesome tunes. “Walmart Parking Lot” and “BFF” kick up the tempo. There aren’t many surprises, but the consistency is here for those who enjoy a well-turned guitar lick and a pleasant shuffle.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Clem Snide’s singer-songwriter Eef Barzelay writes songs that on the surface come across as, well, snide. But beyond the lyrics that often use humor where others place pathos, the songs often settle on a late-night countrified rock that sounds like it took place a few decades ago. After a brief “solo” career with 2008’s Lose Big, Barzelay went back to recording as Clem Snide. Roy Agee’s trombone, Carole Rabinowitz’s cello and Tony Crow’s keyboards add extra textures to the tunes while the band’s official core — Barzelay, bassist Brendan Fitzpatrick and drummer Ben Martin — stay the course that's made Clem Snide one of the most reliably melodic bands of the ‘90s and ‘00s. “Denise,” “The Meat of Life” and “Forgive Me, Love” sound like a man coming to terms with his own sagging spirit with just enough gusto to make it to the finish line. “I Got High” clicks with a soft-rock harmony to comfort a more innocent age. “Denver” and “Please” are lonesome tunes. “Walmart Parking Lot” and “BFF” kick up the tempo. There aren’t many surprises, but the consistency is here for those who enjoy a well-turned guitar lick and a pleasant shuffle.

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