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  • Summary: The latest album from the Nashville-based singer-songwriter was produced with Eric McConnell.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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. Mar 6, 2012
    83
    Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables is Snider's 12th album, and it's one of the roughest-hewn he's ever made.
  3. Mar 6, 2012
    80
    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.
  4. Apr 6, 2012
    80
    The songs are suited by the rough and tumble, though, wearing the bruises with poise and pride. [May 2012, p.83]
  5. Mar 6, 2012
    70
    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.
  6. Apr 2, 2012
    70
    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.
  7. 60
    Set to a messy blend of waspish blues guitar and wild fiddle, it's a typically barbed, angry set.

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  1. Apr 11, 2012
    9
    Full review available at Manik Music http://www.manikmusic.net/reviews/todd-sniders-agnostic-hymns-and-stoner-fables/

    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 Expand
  2. Mar 31, 2012
    4
    Todd 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". Expand