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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 14, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Oh Boy Records
  • ASIN: B000065T36
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Todd Snider's fifth disc opens with a pleasant, chugging roots-rock sing-along--the title track--then kicks into a jokey folk number, "Vinyl Records." In a tongue-twisting tumble of a chorus, Snider shuffles through his record collection, name-checking classic rockers and country stars, longhaired hippies and softheaded folkies. The balance of the disc bears out these diverse influences: New Connections is a stylistic smorgasbord, serving up earnest introspection ("Rose City," "Class of 85") and heavy-hearted ballads ("Close Enough to You," "Waco Moon") alongside wisecracking novelty cuts ("Beer Run," "Statistician's Blues"). There's even a taste of clarinet-addled swing in "Broke" and a cover of John Prine's "Crooked Piece of Time," to which Prine himself adds his unmistakable vocal scrape. In all, its occasional flaws--production that's sometimes too rich, arrangements a tad too dense, a couple of middling tunes--don't derail a solid, likable album. --Anders Smith Lindall

Customer Reviews

Over all the more I listen to the CD the more I enjoy it.
"mottubdog"
Great songs, easy, laidback singing, beautiful arrangements, a band that has just the right feel for "near perfect" (that is: not too smooth).
holly moors
As a John Prine fan, I also enjoyed Todd's cover and duet with Prine on "Crooked Piece of Time".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on October 12, 2002
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I am a big Todd fan, but I did not expect to like "New Connection" as much as I do. Reading about 15 reviews here, and some comments on Snider fan websites, I thought I might be disappointed in this one. Each of Todd's five albums has a distinct approach. His first, "Daily Planet" gave us startlingly brilliant songwriting in four or five selections; then, "Step Right Up" had two or three near-brilliant songs; "Viva Satellite" was in-your-face rock, but lesser lyrics; next, "Happy to Be Here" was one voice, one guitar, personal confessions. "New Connection" probably does not have any single song which stands out as a masterpiece either of passion or of humor, but all 13 are high-quality. It is his most consistently enjoyable work. There are no "lows" here, and if the "highs" are not quite as strong as some of his older songs, it doesn't matter because the backing band here is superb. This one is less country-sounding than "Happy", less rock-sounding than "Viva" and less indie folkie sounding than "Planet", but its mixture of those elements is nearly flawless. Read the other reviewers to get details of particular songs that people love or hate...my advice is to buy this and make sure your first listen is with earphones, no interruptions for 50 minutes or so. Why Todd hasn't made a bigger splash in the industry is a mystery to me, but he has soul and brains and attitude and poetry and sensitivity and occasional crudity and the world should keep an eye on him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By holly moors on March 9, 2003
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On his first albums Todd Snider sounded like the new Tom Petty. There were some promising songs though, like Joe's Blues and Doublewide Blues, that had their own sound. On this new album New Connection, everything fits like a glove. Great songs, easy, laidback singing, beautiful arrangements, a band that has just the right feel for "near perfect" (that is: not too smooth). A masterpiece that reminds me of Eric Andersen's Blue River.
And it's one of those rare records that grow on you: it gets better with each spin.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Lockhart on May 14, 2002
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Excellent CD from start to finish. This one has all the best of Todd Snider. It has funny, upbeat songs ("Beer Run", "Vinyl Records"); it has quiet, introspective songs ("Anywhere", "Class of '85"); the Buddy Holly-esque "Easy" with excellent backup vocals by Kim Richey; the great duet w/ John Prine on Prine's "Crooked Piece of Time"; plus many more including a haunting tribute to Todd's good friend Eddy Shaver ("Waco Moon"). Buy this one and several for your friends and family...you won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on January 4, 2003
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I tried to pick a favorite song on this CD but I just can't... They are ALL so good. Truly a couple of the best love songs I've ever heard (Anywhere, Close Enough to You). They are just so plain spoken, or sung, and down to earth. Tug at the heartstrings. Speaking of tugging heartstrings, Waco Moon will do that to you - quite the ode to a friend who's gone. A lot of the reason I listen to Todd Snider's music is cause he makes me smile (and sometimes grin), like in Vinyl Records (I've got about a quarter of it memorized and I've listened to it over and over..). I can just see him flipping through all his old albums. Statistician's Blues amd Broke have so much humor and so much truth in them. Both are funny, and not, cause their just too damn close to home. I love singing with Todd at the top of my lungs driving down the road and his songs make that so easy to do. Crooked Piece of Time is brilliant. New Connections just makes me feel good. And of course I'm learning to play Beer Run for around the campfire this summer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2002
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This is Todd's 5 release that I own. I place it as my 4th favorite. I prefer Songs For The Daily Planet, Happy To Be Here, and Step Right Up before it. There are some good songs on this CD. New Connection, Vinyl Records, Waco Moon, Rose City among my favorites. I have heard the humorous Beer Run and Statistician's Blues on a live bootleg and they destroyed these songs in the studio. I hope to see these songs on a live CD in the future. The studio version just takes too much of Todd's style away from the songs. The remake of John Prine's Crooked Piece of Time is done very well with Prine in on the duet. Overall, a bit disappointing but I still enjoy listening to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven on May 25, 2002
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I've been a fan of Todd Snider since his first record and all of his records have been consistently great. This is no exception. If I had one complaint it would be the blotchy photo on the cover, I guess this makes up for the eye-liner on "Viva Satellite". The last record "Happy To Be Here" sounded pretty stripped down, there were some production flourishes, but it was basically Todd and a guitar. This record sounds much fuller. Even when it is just Todd and a guitar, everything has a fuller tone to it. One can listen to the various Todd Snider records and hear his evolution as an artist. It's really exciting to be a part of it. I feel like I know him just because his music has been such a constant part of my life. "Class of 85" is especially dear to me since that's my class. The song "Easy" has a real Buddy Holly feel to it, along the lines of "Every Day". A little heavy on the love songs, but they're great songs. I can't recommend this album enough. I buy a lot of records and listen to a lot of different types of music. This is the greatest record I've heard in a long time. Todd Snider's songs have always been close to my heart and I look forward to listening to this album for the rest of my life.
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