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  • Summary: The first album of a planned trilogy from the Oregon-born singer/songwriter.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Peace Queer is a short and bittersweet gem, a rant that's funny enough to make the venom sting all the more and a cry of protest with joy and compassion in its heart.
  2. 80
    Peace Queer includes an acoustic antiwar rant and a ghostly reading of Creedence’s 'Fortunate Son' (with Patty Griffin on backup vocals). But the high point is a ragged bar-band jam about the dissolution of the middle-class dream ('Stuck on the Corner [Prelude to a Heart Attack]').
  3. 70
    On this eight-song EP--available for free on his Web site--the amiable 42-year-old lends his peach-cobbler drawl to songs about maimed soldiers and power-drunk bullies, a doleful cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 'Fortunate Son' and 'Mission Accomplished (Because You Gotta Have Faith),' which deploys a Bo Diddley beat to excoriate a leader who “drove us off a cliff and told us we were flyin’.”
  4. Q Magazine
    For his eigth studio album he's gone over the top politically. [Feb 2009, p.116]
  5. Uncut
    For his last couple of albums, cowpunk songster Snider has pitched himself in the sort of satiracally confrontational and liberal-minded territory occuupied by Randy Newman or Steve Earle. Peace Queer follows that pattern. [Jan 2008, p.113]
  6. With the help of folks like Kevn Kinney, Patty Griffin, Will Kimbrough, and others, Snider gives us eight songs that pack more wallop than their laid-back vibe suggests.
  7. The other two tunes here, the instrumental 'Ponce of the Flaming Peace Queer' and a once-again-relevant cover of 'Fortunate Son,' work fine, but, coupled with the album’s brief tracklist and tossed-off nature, they make Peace Queer little more than a focused stop-gap between proper albums.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. MaryD.
    Oct 28, 2008
    Snider is one of hte best songwriters of our time. Genius.
  2. BrandonM.
    Oct 27, 2008
    Excellent Todd Snider album. As always, Todd does a great job tying his words together with excellent music.
  3. GM.
    Oct 29, 2008
    Once again dedicated to the proposition that the losers also have a history worth hearing, this baldly non-commercial (title, cover, Once again dedicated to the proposition that the losers also have a history worth hearing, this baldly non-commercial (title, cover, distribution strategy, spoken word pieces, frequent and casual profanity, length), roughly carved yet tightly assembled little piece of heart, mind, humor and humanity qualifies for Expand