michael gallucci

REVIEW — TODD SNIDER: THE EXCITEMENT PLAN

In Uncategorized on 07/14/2009 at 3:55 am

Todd Snider

The Excitement Plan

(Yep Roc)


Todd Snider has really grown into his role as one of our most undervalued but proficient songwriters. After a dozen years and almost as many albums, he finally found the perfect balance for his sharp political satire and stories about down-on-their-lucks drunks and junkies on 2006’s The Devil You Know. This proper follow-up (there have been a rarities collection, a live disc and an EP in the meantime) is less politics-oriented than Devil but every bit as caustic. The weepy “Greencastle Blues” features some dexterous wordplay (“You know the number one symptom of heart disease? The number one symptom of heart disease is sudden death”), and on “Money, Compliments, Publicity (Song Number Ten)” Snider muses on success while sounding like a new-school Randy Newman. Best is “America’s Favorite Pastime,” a true story about Pittsburgh Pirate Dock Ellis, who pitched a no-hitter in 1970 while on LSD. It’s a fitting tribute to Snider’s favorite kind of character: an American hero whose flaws and talents are indistinguishable and often interchangeable. –Michael Gallucci

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