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  • Summary: The alt-country indie-rock band led by Eef Barzelay returns with its long-awaited album, completed back in 2006.
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  1. Fully digested, Hungry Bird succeeds as a grand epitaph and a birth announcement.
  2. Rather than picking up where End of Love left off, Hungry Bird sounds like an extension of previous solo outing Lose Big. Barzelay’s soft, depressed poetry is brushed across the canvas of his wispy songs as if he could float into the ether at any moment, becoming a ghost singing from the wizenened remove of the afterlife.
  3. What strikes me is that past Clem Snide albums had their stronger moments, but also their weaker ones, while Hungry Bird, for all its time in development, is more solid throughout, delivering its 10 pop songs with a consistency that shows the band continuing to develop its sound.
  4. This exquisitely downbeat album of droll heartbreak songs once again confirms that there is a certain knack to creating uplifting musical misery, and spectacularly-named frontman Eeef Barzelay has that knack in spades. [Jun 2009, p.119]
  5. The melodies and arrangements, spiked with trombone and banjo, are simultaneously edgy and refined.
  6. It’s a challenging album, with few of the catchy moments that have marked the band’s earlier work, but one that seems to offer a subtle new reward with each listen.
  7. The arrangements are too cumbersome to stand in service of the underdeveloped songs, relegating Clem Anide's delayed finale as further testament to their unfulfilled potential. [Winter 2009, p.70]

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