Soft Spot

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Clem Snide has crafted another gem with the band's fourth album, Soft Spot. Released in 2001, The Ghost of Fashion was one of the best releases of that year, and while this record may not quite reach that level, it is a strong document of a band at the top of its game. It is also a record by a band that has gone through some changes. Apart from a couple of songs like "Action," a country-rock stomper with harmonica and bells and typically smart and funny Eef Barzelay lyrics, and the horn-driven, punchy "Happy Birthday," Soft Spot is a quiet record. Barzelay's intimate vocals are surrounded by gently strummed guitars and subtle orchestrations of keyboards and glockenspiels ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Clem Snide has crafted another gem with the band's fourth album, Soft Spot. Released in 2001, The Ghost of Fashion was one of the best releases of that year, and while this record may not quite reach that level, it is a strong document of a band at the top of its game. It is also a record by a band that has gone through some changes. Apart from a couple of songs like "Action," a country-rock stomper with harmonica and bells and typically smart and funny Eef Barzelay lyrics, and the horn-driven, punchy "Happy Birthday," Soft Spot is a quiet record. Barzelay's intimate vocals are surrounded by gently strummed guitars and subtle orchestrations of keyboards and glockenspiels concocted by Jason Glasser. Tunes like the heartbreakingly melancholic album opener, "Forever, Now and Then," "Find Love," and the prayer-like "Fontanelle" are Clem Snide's most personal-sounding songs to date, as Barzelay casts aside the distance his witty lyrics creates and writes from the heart. Sure, he still drops in a few lyrical jaw-droppers like "Lip-sync me a melody so sweet and clear/Mouth the words of love like a feather in my ear" from the bossa nova-inflected "Tuesday, October 24th" and "half Jewish boys makes kick ass drummers" from the hilarious "Happy Birthday," but much of the album seems to be moving toward American Music Club territory, where emotionally bare, exceedingly adult music that really grabs your heartstrings and gives them a good yank is the order of the day. Eef Barzelay isn't quite as gloomy as Mark Eitzel yet, and probably never will be. For that and for his amazingly quirky yet effective vocal delivery, listeners should be thankful -- and they should also be thankful that Clem Snide has delivered in the clutch yet again.
Blender - Douglas Wolk
What makes Clem Snide tick is their gift for arrangements, and there's delicately freaky instrumentation all over Soft Spot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • Label: Spin Art
  • UPC: 750078012527
  • Catalog Number: 125

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Forever, Now and Then (3:15)
  2. 2 Tuesday, October 24th (4:21)
  3. 3 All Green (3:19)
  4. 4 Close the Door (3:37)
  5. 5 Action (2:47)
  6. 6 Find Love (2:40)
  7. 7 There Is Nothing (2:46)
  8. 8 Strong Enough (2:58)
  9. 9 Happy Birthday (4:19)
  10. 10 Fontanelle (2:29)
  11. 11 Every Moment (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clem Snide Primary Artist
Andrew Innes Saxophone
John Mettam Conga
Brendan Fitzpatrick Bass, Piano
Taylor Ho Bynum Cornet
Eef Barzelay Guitar, Vocals
Matt Moran Vibes
Jason Glasser Organ, Violin, Cello, Chimes, Drums, Bass Drums, Glockenspiel, Horn, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Zither, Bells, Guitarron, Vibes, Background Music
Eric Paull Percussion, Drums
Mary L. Rowell Violin
Pete Fitzpatrick Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Euphonium, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Xylophone, Guitar (Baritone)
Technical Credits
Joe Chiccarelli Producer
Suzanne Kapa Engineer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Eef Barzelay Composer
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