Near Truths and Hotel Rooms Live

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • Label: Oh Boy
  • UPC: 094012002428
  • Catalog Number: 24
  • Sales rank: 16,943

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ladies and Gentlemen.../That's Amore (0:19)
  2. 2 Tension (4:32)
  3. 3 D.B. Cooper (3:40)
  4. 4 Lonely Girl (3:46)
  5. 5 Hello...Sorry (0:48)
  6. 6 Beer Run (3:13)
  7. 7 Reading on the Plane, Writing on the Phone (1:23)
  8. 8 Statistician's Blues (2:57)
  9. 9 Waco Moon (3:38)
  10. 10 I Can't Complain (3:33)
  11. 11 The Story of the Ballad of the Devil's Backbone Tavern (5:41)
  12. 12 The Ballad of the Devil's Backbone Tavern (5:00)
  13. 13 Easy Money (4:28)
  14. 14 Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues (4:14)
  15. 15 Long Year (4:18)
  16. 16 Typing Gibberish (2:44)
  17. 17 Side Show Blues (3:57)
  18. 18 Any Requests? (0:48)
  19. 19 I Spoke as a Child (4:10)
  20. 20 Doublewide Blues (4:44)
  21. 21 Letter from Australia (0:58)
  22. 22 Broke (4:05)
  23. 23 Beer Run (2:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Todd Snider Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Todd Snider Producer
Bob Bullock Engineer, Digital Editing
Al Bunetta Executive Producer
Bob Burnham Engineer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Dan Einstein Producer, Executive Producer
Kevin Johnson Engineer
Irwin Bostian Engineer
Dave Nielson Engineer
Melita Osheowitz Paintings
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Beginning...

    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.

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