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  • yoyoguy1a
    Jul 1, 2003
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      terrific new Clem Snide "Soft Spot" CD

      Hi Friends,

      Clem Snide (http://www.clemsnide.com) NY's favorite urban
      art-country moodswingers, released their fourth record "Soft
      Spot" last week.

      Here's what the San Francisco Weekly said about "Soft Spot":

      Clem Snide
      Soft Spot

      After a couple of listens to its newest record, Soft Spot, Clem
      Snide (named after a character in William Burroughs' Naked
      Lunch) sounds as if it must be from England -- its immaculate,
      literate, and evocatively orchestrated country-shaded pop/rock
      resembles the decidedly British sophisto-pop of the
      Tindersticks, the Divine Comedy, and the Lilac Time. But nope,
      it's one of "ours," based in the NYC/Brooklyn area, a sphere
      typically not associated with pensive sophistry (at least since the
      glory days of Cole Porter and Lou Reed). And yet, despite its
      less-than-bucolic environs, Clem Snide at times even
      approaches the earthy-elegant majesty of hipsters' Patron Saint
      of Downhearted Melodramatic Pop, Oklahoma-born Lee

      Vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Eef Barzelay's tunes are like little
      soundtracks for very personal indie films, yet he sidesteps the
      stilted, artsy-fartsy aspects that frequently plague such movies
      (and a lot of indie rock, for that matter). His songs are rich with
      detailed, reflective melancholy, but that feeling is
      counterbalanced with compassion and kindhearted humor. In
      "Happy Birthday," a spaghetti western-sounding, twang-laden
      tribute to a friend, he sings in a hospitable, parched near-drawl
      not unlike Son Volt's Jay Farrar's (though not as world-weary), "I
      hope that your friends are true and funny/ And your girlfriends are
      sweet, and wear tight pants/ And after your heart is gently broken/
      I hope that you get a second chance." Barzelay's movies for the
      ear are scored with organs, violin, cello, banjo, chimes, and
      vibraphone, along with the usual guitar-bass-drums;
      arrangements are winsome and intricate but never fussy or
      precious. What's more, there's a lot of variety to be had: an
      acoustic meditation ("Find Love") follows a booming, Phil
      Spector- shaded epic ("Action"). The lush, poetic "All Green"
      might well be what iconic songster Gram Parsons had in mind
      when he said he was aiming for a sound called "cosmic
      American music."
      Clem Snide's latest is proof positive (for those who need it) that
      immaculately crafted, literate rock/pop is not only the province of
      Steely Dan and our well-read Brit cousins. This one gets that
      elusive three-thumbs-way-up rating.
      – Mark Keresman


      Thanks for reading!
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