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Happy to Be Here

Todd SniderAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 18, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Oh Boy Records
  • ASIN: B00004RJ5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Singer-songwriter Todd Snider is nothing if not an individualist. For his trouble, he's alienated more than one label, not to mention a few potential fans. Happy to Be Here, his Oh Boy debut, follows three 1990s albums for MCA that seemed to produce a very polar response: he developed a strong cult following, although many Americana fans, those predisposed to like him, seemed oddly turned off by his smug sarcasm. Happy seems like just the album to break him, however. Produced by Ray Kennedy, the record is sonically rich, well developed, and diverse, and Snider shows a knack for surprisingly accessible pop melodies. Snider pulls no punches in his lyrics--whether being ironic and cynical or sweet and sincere--and he uses an array of musical settings: there are gentle, romantic ballads boasting only acoustic guitar and harmonica; scorching, scathing country-rockers; rambling folk stories; and horn-fueled blues workouts. Snider's voice is full bodied, emotive, and resonant, even if his pain-and-twang sometimes seems a tad bit forced. Still, Snider emerges with a deeply soulful and mature record that turns his individuality into a true asset. --Marc Greilsamer

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy to Be Here April 18, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Another album from Todd Snider chocked full of lyrical insights into a world out of control, "Happy To Be Here" stands apart from the pablum typically played on turn of the millenium formatted radio, and is all the better for it. This is not to say the album lacks for hooks or wit, in fact it is replete with both. But even as Snider continues to evolve as a musician, songwriter, and performer, he unmistakeably pays homage to his musical roots on this latest album, and those roots decidedly do not include flavor of the month pop and new country trends. Todd Snider is a brilliant and engaging performer and always leaves his audiences exihlarated and breathless. As a songwriter he is peerless. That he remains largely "undiscovered" by the record buying public says much more about the record buying public, and what is played today on the radio, than it says about the artist Todd Snider. Buy this CD. If you don't have Todd's other albums, get them one at a time, starting with the first, "Songs for the Daily Planet", move to his sophomore effort "Step Right Up" and then to the Chuck Berry dedicated--Memphis recorded--scorcher, Viva Satellite". I predict you'll be feeling better with every song you hear.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get "Happy" with Snider January 14, 2003
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"Happy to Be Here," is another strong collection of tunes from singer-songwriter Todd Snider. Snider firmly straddles the line between rock and country, though he seems to be moving more in the latter direction as his career progresses. He's also toned down his smart aleky sense of humor a bit, though that's not necessarily a good thing.
Snider's sound and style varies from song to song on this album. Typically for Snider, his political/topical songs ("Betty was Black," the title track) tend to be the weakest. He's at his best when his observations are more personal, like on the ballads "Lonely Girl," and "Missing You," and the peppier numbers "Keep off the Grass" and "What's Wrong With You." At its best Snider's music at often recalls a young John Prine.
Overall, a solid album from an excellent singer-songwriter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to have bought it! February 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is the best CD that I have bought in the past year, probably longer. No matter how often I listen to it, I never burn out on it. All my friends have bought it after hearing it. Todd Snider, to me, is like the perfect mixture of Ray Davies, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. An incredibly storyteller. Sarcastic yet sincere, humorous but meaningful, and on top of it all, so catchy melodically that after hearing this CD only once, you will remember most of it forever! Part rock, part country, part blues, part folk, but ALLTodd Snider! Potentially a Tom Waits of the future, only different. This is also his best album to date. Be one of the people who knew about him before the bandwagon arrives. Buy it, Buy it, Buy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Snider October 29, 2002
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I can't describe how disappointed I was when I found out that Todd Snider broke up the Nervous Wrecks. Easily the best live show I have ever seen, it was an irreparable loss to anybody who had seen them. However, Snider went back into the studio to record "Happy to Be Here". And, on this album, he really comes into his own. And he finally starts making good on the promise that can be heard on "Songs From the Daily Planet".
With the decision to record just Todd and his guitar first, then add instrumentation later, the arrangements are the best I've heard on any of his albums. The Dixieland tinged "Ballad of the Devil's Backbone Tavern", the bluesy "Forty Five Miles", the stripped-down, deadpan humor of "Just In Case", and the rollicking fun of "Keep Off the Grass" are all tributes to Snider's flexibility. Unlike some of his earlier albums, Snider sounds like he is having fun here. Trying to pick out a favorite song is almost impossible, as almost every song is an absolute gem. If you want to know what is worth listening to, check the song list. It's all worth it.
This album is a good place to begin any Todd Snider collection. The only other album I can recommend for that distinction might be "Songs From the Daily Planet".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the rough March 8, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I just saw Snider for the first time recently when he opened for John Prine. He played about half of the songs on this CD and they all resonated with me after the show. It was refreshing to hear a unique young voice and gifted song-writer. Do yourself a favor and buy the CD (I've been playing it nonstop since I bought it a week ago). The CD contains humorous (Just in case) and thoughtful (Long, Long, Year)songs with a nice blend of diffent styles. If you ever get a chance to see him live, I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what you've been missing May 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I saw Todd Snider live at an old movie theatre in Nashville. He blew me away. I was disappointed in his last couple of albums. They seemed to have lost the satiric edge of "Daily Planet". That edge is back here, with more raw emotions and descriptive story-telling. Tom Petty and John Prine with maybe just a touch of Buffet.
If you like Daily Planet and have been wondering what happened to that guy, he's back on Happy to be here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best recommendations I've received.... February 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Taking advice or a recommendation can be like eating health know it's good for you but will you like the tast? I bought this CD and thought it was worth the risk. Boy, what a great CD it turned out to be.
Snider is a great storyteller and let's put it this way: he sounded like a cross between Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie. Be forgiving about his voice because he does have something to sing about. "All of My Life" is a great love song and playing it for my wife got me out of the dog house for a few hours. Feeling I was on safe ground, I let her listen to "Just in Case" and got that look questioning my sense and brining up the subject or prenuptial agreements. Snider's music was great to work out to and even better to drink beer by. It's country, it's western, it's blues and it's even a little rock.
Snider made a great CD here and my wife and I are making plans to see him on stage when he rolls through Virginia in a couple months. No one heard of Jimmy Buffett in the late 70s and early 80s and perhaps Todd Snider will follow the same road to fame. Better see him now before we have to deal with Ticketmaster to see him live.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love his music!
Played this immediately after it arrived. Loved hearing some different versions of his songs and some new songs I hadn't heard before. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Todd, no sensitive love songs...
This is a great record, especially the songs "Just in Case" (decidedly not a sensitive love song), 'Happy to be Here" and especially "D.B. Cooper". Read more
Published 21 months ago by John M. Sully
4.0 out of 5 stars Todd Snider - Back To His Roots
Snider was dropped from his major label contract after his previous disc "Viva Satellite" in 1998. He signed with John Prine's Oh Boy label for this one and it really was the... Read more
Published on April 3, 2008 by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars somewhat forgotten but shouldn't be
I have most of Todd's albums and this is my favorite. That is a little strange, given that I usually don't care for horns, which are present on several songs, but their use... Read more
Published on September 12, 2007 by David W. Hoelscher
5.0 out of 5 stars great songwriting.
hard to pick a favorite todd snider record. they are all fantastic, but at the moment i believe this is my favorite of his. song for song this is his strongest batch. Read more
Published on October 20, 2006 by fluffy, the human being.
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this album
each song is a story, and the story is good. it doesn't even matter what type of music you like, because you're going to get it all. Read more
Published on October 9, 2005 by Shannon Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars I just can't believe he's not better known
I'll admit I came into my listening and buying of Todd Snider CDs thinking he was just witty with some "funny" songs. Read more
Published on February 29, 2004 by J. Villeneuve
4.0 out of 5 stars Better late than not at all...
I've lived with Todd's fourth album for two years now, and it has just been supplanted by his newest, so I think it's time to evaluate "Happy to be Here. Read more
Published on June 17, 2002 by William E. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd Snider Smokes!
I just heard him for the first time last night LIVE at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven CT opening for John Prine. He was fantabulous! Read more
Published on March 2, 2002 by Debra Lee Lavoie
4.0 out of 5 stars 60's style - good stuff
This album is reminiscent of the 60's ballad style music. Great lyrics and good tunes - I enjoyed it immensely.
Published on December 28, 2001 by Tim Bergstresser
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