Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables

Alternative title: Occupy Nashville. Todd Snider's latest is the sharpest musical response yet to the excesses of the one percent: hilarious, infuriated broadsides about economic injustice delivered in Snider's stoner drawl over twangy roots rock. "In the Beginning" is a retelling of the Genesis story as a parable of the economic downturn; "New York Banker" laments that "good things happen to bad people"; "Precious Little Miracles" is jazzy lullaby crooned to the young people: "Your school is a joke and you'll always be poor.... Is that what all you crazy kids are so upset for?" Our Great Recession has found its dust-bowl balladeer.

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From The Archives Issue 1152: March 15, 2012