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  • Summary: The fourth album for the alt-country trio (whose song "Moment in the Sun" is the theme for NBC's "Ed") was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (American Music Club).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 91
    Sound wimpy? Well, if you could write a song half as good as "Close The Door," we guarantee that your girlfriend would like you twice as much. [Sep 2003, p.115]
  2. Though it lacks the thematic and tonal diversity of The Ghost Of Fashion, Soft Spot finds Clem Snide at its most instrumentally expansive, lavishing the album's 11 songs in a soothing coat of strings, horns, "orchestral scenery," and other whistles and bells.
  3. Soft Spot is a winningly cohesive album -- both thematically and musically -- and shows Barzelay's songwriting talent growing exponentially.
  4. It makes for a wonderfully warm way of celebrating life. [Aug 2003, p.102]
  5. The simple truth with Soft Spot is that it gets better, more revealing, with each listen.
  6. There's a melancholy at this music's core that Barzelay successfully resists by generally attempting to understand someone else's feelings rather than expressing his own.
  7. At best begs to be a fan-club download, since it offers so little to anyone not Eef's bride or offspring.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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  1. Edegram
    Jun 29, 2004
    10
    delicate, beautiful... simple in the best possible way