Soft Spot - Clem Snide
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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. 80
    These are just tender pop songs, timeless enough to defy categorization. [#60, p.95]
  5. 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.
  6. The simple truth with Soft Spot is that it gets better, more revealing, with each listen.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Edegram
    Jun 29, 2004
    10
    delicate, beautiful... simple in the best possible way