Tuesday, April 3, 2012
TODD SNIDER / Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables (2012)
Nashville's black sheep Todd Snider plays a rocking bluesy style of country with punk sensibilities. There are very occasional lapses into safe country-pop territory, albeit with unusually acerbic lyrics. Happily those trite moments are few and are easily skipped. Elsewhere it's on fire lyrically and musically, and even slips into almost straight up blues. The album was recorded in a week. That hurried, guerilla sound is its greatest strength and is what sets it apart from similar works. It’s country but it’s cynical and scathing Todd Snider alt-country. His cover of Jimmy Buffett's West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown is fantastic.
Songs of Note: The Very Last Time; Digger Dave's Crazy Woman Blues
3½ good things happen to bad people out of 5