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Peace Queer

Todd SniderAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mri Associated
  • ASIN: B001CITQPE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,917 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mission Accomplished (Because You Gotta Have Faith)
2. The Ballad Of Cape Henry
3. Fortunate Son
4. Is This Thing Working?
5. Stuck On The Corner (Prelude To A Hear Attack)
6. Dividing The Estate (A Heart Attack)
7. Ponce Of The Flaming Peace Queer
8. Is This Thing On?

Editorial Reviews

Hailed by the NY Times as 'the troubadour for our times, an inventive cross of Dylan and Kristofferson, with the right dash of Tom Petty thrown in,' Snider writes songs that get people talking. Peace Queer no doubt follows suit, as the 8-song effort comments on the world around Snider's East Nashville home. Political, social, economic, moral-take whatever themes you want from the lyrical storytelling, Snider prefers his intentions remain less clearly defined

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snider does it again September 4, 2008
Format:Audio CD
In his own clever way, Todd Snider never fails to surprise. Just when you think he might rest on his hind legs and write something innocuous, he fires back with his most confrontational and poignant record yet. He starts off with a Bo Diddley beat cradeling a metaphor between a maniacal president and someone who "Drove us off a cliff and called it 'flyin'." Snider softens the blow to CCR's "Fortunate Son" while adding to the depth of the lyrics with his hushed reading. He touches on the life awaiting soldiers who return from the war in "Cape Henry" and another character piece, "Is this thing workin?", draws a line between a high-school hallway bully and the chief executive officer through a Gil Scot Heron style recitation. The piece appears again in song form later as "Is This Thing On?". The perils of middle age parenthood inspire "Stuck on a Corner" with it's rompin' rock & roll beat that berates a daughter who "Can't Stand the sight of the car I bought her." Anyone who works in a cubicle and can never seem to satisfy everyone, this is your new anthem.
Just like George Carlin before him, Snider's funniest material is also the most truthful.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snider is great again! October 21, 2008
By Rob H
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought the first TS cd based on a newspaper article about Talkin Seattle Grunge Rock Blues. I have bought all the cds since. A couple of them disappointed me. This one did not. I can not believe he is not famous. Todd keep telling us stories. I enjoy your perspective and sense of humor.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Once again dedicated to the proposition that the losers also have a history worth hearing, this baldly non-commercial (title, cover, distribution strategy, spoken word pieces, frequent and casual profanity, length), roughly carved yet tightly assembled little piece of heart, mind, humor and humanity qualifies for "Required Listening For Citizenship" status. The sincerity of the two vocalists on cut #3 is the clue that this is not just a toss-off, as some have suggested it is. But having said that, who could be the intended audience for such an intentionally anti-capitalist ramble-tamble folk-rock product (including spoken word pieces) as this? My theory has to do with the dissonance experienced by the "Beer Run" fan when trying to sing (speak?) along to "Is This Thing Working?/Is This Thing On?" in concert. Subversive every step of the way; thought, word and deed; past, present and future; which, friends and neighbors, he's not sure we're gonna have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A NICE LITTLE SET OF TUNES" - minus the spoken word March 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I don't want to discourage new Todd fans with this disc. It is not the place to start your collection of his GREAT albums... This disc deserves 3 stars, BUT Todd deserves his own star. As a BIG fan of his last album "The Devil You Know" and I mean huge fan of that album.... It is one of the best sing-along records I have. A true gem, undiscovered.... Sometimes these things can take 10-25 years before they are truly discovered and since Todd is half of that he is almost there... We Hope!
After this new cd "Peace Queer", I don't get it... I saw him live and these bits were trickled throughout the shows.. Impressive on the side, but as a full record it doesn't quite come together...
Fortunately it is a seriously reduced price disc !! BIG BOUNUS.
The actual songs are great, but the spoken word doesn't have the same affect as a live setting. Over all it is not very good, although the songs are worthy, I feel the spoken word parts take away from the flow of the disc, almost like a train wreck... Maybe that was his intention?..
Go see him live and this cd will be essential. TS is infective and you won't be denied. Though this disc does not live up to the Todd Snider legend we have all come to publicly view, it does round up the "new" stuff all in one spot, hopefully, to move on to newer better ideas.

The question is....
Should YOU buy this disc?
For the songs - YES !!
for the artwork - YES
for the cheapness - YES
for the support of an artist - YES

It really isn't that bad... It is short, but short and sweet would have been better... I really like the songs, but the wit faded on this album.
I think most fans are into his wit and charm and this new cd has neither.

It's more like an E.P. rather than a full length CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Because they rhyme... November 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Clocking in at just under 30 minutes, PEACE QUEER is a powerful little record. It starts off with a Bo Diddley acoustic beat, dissecting the philosophy of Will Rogers. That acoustic rhythm flows on into a haunting rendition of CCR's "Fortunate Son" (the only non-original here), then the wry recitation "Is This Thing Working?" (re-worked later at "Is This Thing On?").

The first four tracks of PEACE QUEER dig under your skin, playing around in the dark, searching for your nerves. When the gritty electric guitar kicks in at the opening of "Stuck On the Corner," the nerve is struck. It's like a gentle massage turning into a full-on assault on your senses. Snider eases back into a more laid-back beat for the remainder of the record, but the damage is done--you're awake, you're alert, and by God you're listening. PEACE QUEER, like all of Snider's more recent releases (as he himself acknowledges here), is not for individuals afraid to look within themselves. Snider seems to suggest that we are all guilty of something, that we are all culpable--but also, more importantly, that we are our own salvation, that we can rise above and beyond whatever unconscious guilt we possess. It's not the happiest of messages, but at least Snider is talented enough to find a positive spin in all this madness. Listen cautiously...but listen carefully.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PRODUCT!
GREAT PRODUCT!
Published 21 days ago by mark twain
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but too short
I like the way my brain feels after listening to Todd Snider's music. The songs definitely stick. This album was no exception, I just wish there was more of it.
Published 18 months ago by Dan M. Kalin
4.0 out of 5 stars Todd Snider takes a critical view of modern life in the US
This album is darker than the usual Todd Snider fare, but it retains his usual witty commentary. "Stuck on the Corner" is easily my favorite song on this album & seems... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Benjamin Pope
4.0 out of 5 stars Todd is an original
In the world of lots of sameness, Todd Snider is unique. His song writing excels, but his style and subject matter are deep wells to drink from. Read more
Published on August 12, 2012 by Big John
4.0 out of 5 stars Ramshackle music with an angry, forlorn smile
This album (more like an EP) finds Todd Snider in a more experimental mood than usual. It also finds him angry and discontent but laughing to keep from crying. Read more
Published on October 24, 2009 by D. Ogdin
5.0 out of 5 stars "Stuck on the Corner (Yeah Yeah), Of Insanity and Madness"
PEACE QUEER is a small (8 tracks), quirky and quintessientially Todd Snider CD. You either like Snider's singing or you don't. I do, and he is in his usual fine form here. Read more
Published on July 20, 2009 by Dan Bogaty
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality, but not up to the high standard he has set.
Just a bit shy of the standard he has set for himself which is truly hard to acheive as a singer/songwriter, empahsis on the songwriting. Read more
Published on March 25, 2009 by K. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as his older stuff
unfortunately, not a big fan of this one. haven't liked the last few recordings TS as put out. i think i'm done. Read more
Published on February 17, 2009 by joshua e.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief but intelligent and fun
Nothing earth shattering here, but Snyder does well with the lyrics, and the vocal harmonies on Fortunate Son are beautiful. Read more
Published on February 2, 2009 by anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stone...
...gave him a 5 star review and said he played with guts.

This music is an alternative to alternative.
Published on December 14, 2008 by MuddyG
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