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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.

Customer Reviews

good stuff

very mature album from a great up and coming band with some great songs

potential fufilled

Nice! Best album since Ghost of fashion. When you come to Minneapolis try playing the Cedar instead of the 400! See ya around!

nothing short of fantastic

clem snide has done it again... i have always felt that they are one of the most underappreciated bands in rock n roll and this album proves it yet again. lyrically intricate and musically complex, you can listen to it on repeat and never get bored.


Formed: 1991 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Conjuring a sweet and lusciously melancholy sound that merges the tunefulness of vintage pop, the late-night vibe of cool jazz, the lonesome spirit of classic country, and the delicate touch of folk, Clem Snide are a trio who've gone through more than their share of changes since they first formed in 1991. Clem Snide were first assembled by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Eef Barzelay while he was attending college in Boston during the early '90s; the first edition of the band was created to perform...
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