Alternative music reviews

February 12, 2009

Stuck On The Corner With Todd Snider

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Peace Queer by Todd SniderPop/Rock music is a very narrow, unambitious field of human endeavour. Most of the time it is just a variation on the same theme – 4/4 or 3/4 time and verse/chorus/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/chorus with rhyming lyrics. Someone like Lou Reed may have written Heroin and Black Angel’s Death Song but most of his output has been the classic pop song structure that he learnt when he was staff songwriter at Pickwick records in the early 60’s.

A perfect example of fine songwriting within a traditional song structure would be from Todd Snider’s latest album “Peace Queer”. The song Stuck On the Corner (Prelude to a Heart Attack) is nothing new musically. In fact it reminds me of Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues and is just that sort of basic Boogie that could be played any time in the past fifty years. The artistry comes in how the music swings and particularly in the lyrics. Todd tells a tale of a man trying to get along in the modern world. He goes to work and gets lectured at on the need to work harder whilehis wife and daughter are buying things to impress the neighbours and he finds those kids of today know nothing about anything – little bits of paranoia seep out threatening to explode. Parents will understand this song.

Stuck On The Corner by Todd Snider

Stuck On The Corner (Prelude To A Heart Attack) by Todd Snider (Clip)

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