Near Truths and Hotel Rooms Live

Near Truths and Hotel Rooms Live

by Todd Snider


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Todd Snider's first live album, on which he accompanies himself on guitar and harmonica in folky style, conveys a stage personality only glimpsed in the more humorous of his songs on his previous five studio recordings. Snider performs his share of sensitive, reflective tunes, but they are overwhelmed by the funny ones and by his offbeat, spacy persona, which is equally laugh-provoking. Snider's similarity to John Prine, the head of his record label, is accentuated in songs like "I Can't Complain," which is full of cracked aphorisms and employs a fingerpicking style that seems borrowed from Prine. But elsewhere, Snider displays his own alcohol-drenched sense of humor, giving off a scatterbrained impression that sometimes recalls Arlo Guthrie, but is a bit less goofy (if equally wily) and a bit more like that of a drug casualty. "The Story of the Devil's Backbone Tavern," not a song but a lengthy introduction to a song called "The Ballad of the Devil's Backbone Tavern" (itself featuring a lot of talking), presents Snider's autobiography, which makes him sound like more of an inebriated good old boy than he could possibly be, but it is amusing. "Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues," which passes for his greatest hit, is dated by now, but still imaginative. Near Truths and Hotel Rooms may be closer to a comedy act than a concert, but if so, it's got most of the country comedians beat and assures that Snider has a career to fall back on if the music gig doesn't pan out.

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Release Date: 05/13/2003
Label: Oh Boy
UPC: 0094012002428
catalogNumber: 24
Rank: 49791

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Near Truths and Hotel Rooms Live 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the Todd Snider CD that hooked me, and I recommend this as the first for any potential new listeners out there. Todd will knock your socks off, and listening to his live stories between songs makes such a big difference in getting to know him. His soul comes through in his songwriting and sense of humor, and he'll connect with you on a sort of "deeper" level. It's easy to listen to this CD over and over again and laugh and get teared up, and just go, "Oh yeah..." ) I don't say this lightly, but this CD will change your life.