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Meat Of Life (2010)

Artist: Clem Snide
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Format: CD
Sku: 213825058
UPC: 795041780423
UPC 14: 00795041780423
Release Date: 2/23/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Walmart Parking Lot ~ Clem Snide
2. Denise ~ Clem Snide
3. Meat of Life, The ~ Clem Snide
4. I Got High ~ Clem Snide
5. Denver ~ Clem Snide
6. Forgive Me, Love ~ Clem Snide
7. Stoney ~ Clem Snide
8. BFF ~ Clem Snide
9. Please ~ Clem Snide
10. Song For Mary ~ Clem Snide
11. With Nothing To Show For It ~ Clem Snide
12. Anita ~ Clem Snide

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Eef Barzelay (vocals, guitar); Carole Rabinowitz (cello); Roy Agee (trombone); Tony Crow (piano, organ); Brendan Fitzpatrick (organ); Ben Martin (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Mark Nevers.
Muze PNote Recording information: Beach House Recording, Nashville, TN.
Muze PNote After a few years of instability when the group's future was in doubt, Clem Snide are back and in clearly recognizable form on their seventh studio album, The Meat of Life, which finds the core trio of Eef Barzelay (guitar and vocals), Brendan Fitzpatrick (bass and keyboards), and Ben Martin (percussion) joined by guest musicians Tony Crow (keyboards), Roy Agee (trombone), and Carole Rabinowitz (cello). With the band in stable circumstances, for the most part Clem Snide pick up where they left off with Soft Spot and End of Love; except for a few moments where the electric guitars get pushed into overdrive on "BFF" and "Walmart Parking Lot," The Meat of Life faces Barzelay's darkly comic lyrics against melodies that wouldn't have felt out of place on a '70s soft rock session, with acoustic pianos and tasteful guitar lines providing the aural framework for stories of romantic angst and languid depression. Barzelay is seemingly incapable of singing without appearing to drip with irony, but the 12 songs on The Meat of Life never sound as if the band is forcing the joke, and the subtle balance between the polish of the music and the rough, dour textures of Barzelay's voice adds something close to poignancy, reflecting the arid, busted lives at the heart of these songs. In many respects, The Meat of Life covers musical territory that Clem Snide have explored in the past, and this album is short on surprises for anyone who has been following the group's career. But Barzelay's songs are good, the ensemble playing is subtle and beautifully executed, and the production by Mark Nevers and the group is clean and unobtrusive, capturing the songs without pointless clutter. The Meat of Life might sound like "another Clem Snide album," but considering that it wasn't so long ago that it looked like this band was over and done, getting another serving of what these musicians do so well is more than welcome even if it doesn't break much new ground. ~ Mark Deming

Producer: Clem Snide; Mark Nevers

Engineer: Mark Nevers

Compilation Appearances

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/23/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : FTN 17804
Music Label Name Label : 429 Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00795041780423

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Clem Snide
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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