Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. he's scored a full album's worth of new material that remains completely in a character unique to him while adding something new to that character.
  2. 90
    This record is urgent, pissed, strident and macabre.
  3. Mar 6, 2012
    Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables is Snider's 12th album, and it's one of the roughest-hewn he's ever made.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jun 20, 2012
    Like a musical Bill Hicks, Snider's easy humour expresses his nonetheless serious message with a grace and poignancy few can muster. [Jun 2012, p.96]
  5. Uncut
    Apr 6, 2012
    The songs are suited by the rough and tumble, though, wearing the bruises with poise and pride. [May 2012, p.83]
  6. Mar 13, 2012
    Todd Snider's reputation as America's favorite alt-folk shit disturber remains firmly intact with the release of his newest album Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables.
  7. Mar 7, 2012
    If you're in the mood for a few laughs and some well-directed anger from a guy with something to say and a knack for saying it well, Todd Snider is just the man you've been looking for.
  8. 80
    This is country music for nostalgists and liberals, for a listener who most likely expresses shock at what mainstream country music has become, but who likes dogma delivered in a rural package.
  9. Mar 6, 2012
    Agnostic Hymns impresses just as much for its tunefulness and Snider and producer Eric McConnell's unconventional choices as for its arch point of view.
  10. Apr 18, 2012
    Snider proves yet again that he is still one of the best musical commentators going today.
  11. Apr 2, 2012
    It's a niche that a guy like Todd Snider can wear like a glove, and this particular album is an easy fit into his discography.
  12. Mar 21, 2012
    Paul Griffith (drums); Amanda Shires (violins/vocals and a gifted songwriter with her own album Lightning Strikes just out); Chad Staehly (keyboards); Jason Isbell (guitars) and Mick Utley (vocals) add the expertly jaunty sound to Snider's ironic and enjoyably dark lyrics.
  13. Mar 6, 2012
    Todd Snider's latest is the sharpest musical response yet to the excesses of the one percent: hilarious, infuriated broadsides about economic injustice delivered in Snider's stoner drawl over twangy roots rock.
  14. Jul 5, 2012
    Upon first listen, meanwhile, Agnostic Hymns is disorienting. Snider's voice is typically craggy, but the music is too. Amanda Shires' violin shadows his words, and the rhythms occasionally miss a beat. Once things come into focus, his stories are of those affected by the Great Recession, told with a wrath rarely expressed.
  15. May 10, 2012
    While Snider has been more entertaining and melodically engaging on previous efforts, here he risks trying to get his head around the disturbing times in which we live and, just as importantly, to avoid clich├ęd responses.
  16. 60
    Set to a messy blend of waspish blues guitar and wild fiddle, it's a typically barbed, angry set.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 11, 2012
    Full review available at Manik Music

    Todd Snider is not
    Full review available at Manik Music

    Todd Snider is not the kind of artist that you can get into by popping his record into your CD player on a sunny day and having a casual listen as you go for a weekend drive. For one, his voice is as full of cracks as your average city sidewalk and his songs combine a highly refined blend of humor, sarcasm, and satire that oftentimes takes at least a few listens to fully appreciate. On Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables, Snider offers up a host of biting blues songs that function as a darkly hilarious critique of the social and economic problems facing modern America. Alternating between playfully mocking and downright vitriolic, the songs on this record are Todd turning his highly attuned gift for satire and wordplay to the attention of the greed and dishonesty that have caused such problems for regular folks in America these days. The album kicks off with the brilliant â
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  2. Mar 31, 2012
    Todd Snider, fortunately, has an interesting timbre of voice - otherwise the album "Hymns & Stoner Agnostic Fables" would be merely averageTodd Snider, fortunately, has an interesting timbre of voice - otherwise the album "Hymns & Stoner Agnostic Fables" would be merely average disc from the border of alt country and folk. Ten of the composition does not differ much from each other, only the interesting stories woven into the songs saves album - for ex. "In The Beginning". Full Review »