Your Favorite Music

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
Rock critic Robert Christgau calls Clem Snide's music "true American deadpan," and group leader Eef Barzelay says he believes their obscure first album "did in fact seep into the collective unconscious and caused millions of people worldwide to feel a vague sense of resignation." Such comments notwithstanding, it would be a mistake to dismiss Your Favorite Music as some sort of put-on. Like the albums of, say, Jonathan Richman, this music has a homespun quality and a twisted worldview that can bring a smile. But there's serious and rather wonderful stuff going on here, too. A lot of this is not quite like anything else out there, though if you need a reference point, think ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
Rock critic Robert Christgau calls Clem Snide's music "true American deadpan," and group leader Eef Barzelay says he believes their obscure first album "did in fact seep into the collective unconscious and caused millions of people worldwide to feel a vague sense of resignation." Such comments notwithstanding, it would be a mistake to dismiss Your Favorite Music as some sort of put-on. Like the albums of, say, Jonathan Richman, this music has a homespun quality and a twisted worldview that can bring a smile. But there's serious and rather wonderful stuff going on here, too. A lot of this is not quite like anything else out there, though if you need a reference point, think of the softer side of Velvet Underground -- or at least Pearls Before Swine -- with touches of the Fleetwoods and the Left Banke. On this latest release, Barzelay is a seductive vocalist, and cellist/violinist Jason Glasser shines throughout. The original compositions are almost uniformly terrific, moreover, though the album's greatest achievement may be its reverent cover of Ritchie Valens' "Donna." Clem Snide takes the song at an even slower pace than Valens did, adds moody strings, and turns it into a near-perfect four-minute meditation on lost love.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2000
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 643443106825
  • Catalog Number: 31068

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Dairy Queen (5:00)
  2. 2 Exercise (3:34)
  3. 3 Your Favorite Music (3:57)
  4. 4 African Friend (4:23)
  5. 5 Bread (4:54)
  6. 6 I Love the Unknown (2:46)
  7. 7 1989 (4:05)
  8. 8 Loneliness Finds Her Own Way (4:20)
  9. 9 Sweet Mother Russia (4:31)
  10. 10 Messiah Complex Blues (3:27)
  11. 11 Donna (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clem Snide Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Martin Brumbach Recorder
Phil Hernandez Percussion
Ambrosia Parsley Vocals, Background Vocals
Eef Barzelay Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Marshall Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Jason Glasser Violin, Electric Bass, Bassoon, Cello, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Sampling, Group Member
Andrew Hollander Keyboards
Mary L. Rowell Violin
Eric Paul Drums
Technical Credits
Master Cylinder Mastering
Martin Brumbach Producer, Engineer
Edward O'Dowd Art Direction
Emily Lazar Mastering
Brandon Mason Engineer
Jason Glasser Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    such a raw, true record

    the hank williams cover ''lost on the river'' only sweetens the taste of this succulent cd. my faves are ''estranged half brother'' and ''nick drake tape.'' their new cd ''your favorite music'' is great as well.

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