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New Connection

  • 1. New Connection
    2. Vinyl Records
    3. Rose City
    4. Beer Run
    5. Easy
    6. Crooked Piece of Time
    7. Anywhere
    8. Stuck All Night
    9. Statistician's Blues
    10. Class of 85
    11. Broke
    12. Close Enough to You
    13. Waco Moon
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDOBR023

  • Credits
    ProducerR.S. Field
    EngineerJim DeMain

    Personnel includes: Todd Snider, John Prine, Kim Richey, Jason Wilber, Dave Jacques, Will Kimbrough, Paul Griffith.
    Audio Mixers: R.S. Field; Jim DeMain.
    Recording information: Hum Depot.
    Photographer: Jim Shea.
    New Connection -- Todd Snider's fifth album and the second for John Prine's Oh Boy label -- finds the singer riding atop a warm band featuring Jason Wilber and David Jacques (both of Prine's touring unit), Paul Griffith, and Will Kimbrough. Like Kevn Kinney, Snider's voice alternates between a drawl and a scratch, occasionally dropping into Jim White-like whispers. It is in these cracks that Snider finds a wry strength, which he hangs on his almost traditional singer/songwriter wares. There are humorous tunes -- "Vinyl Records," "Beer Run," and "Statistician's Blues" -- but they're rarely anything more than cute. "Broke," meanwhile, sounds like a Nashville version of Lou Reed's "Goodnight Ladies." Snider gets a few elegiac beauties into the mix, too, including the subtly produced "Easy" and the almost heartbreaking "Class of 85." These are fine songs. Prine takes a guest turn on his own "Crooked Piece of Time," which fits in with the rest of the record almost too well. ~ Jesse Jarnow

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (5/27/02, p.12) - "...Witty, often heartbreaking and always sincere, assembled from well-worn scraps of country, blues and folk..."
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