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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
    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
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  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".
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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
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  1. Jul 5, 2012
    67
    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.
  2. Q Magazine
    Jun 20, 2012
    80
    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]
  3. May 10, 2012
    60
    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.