Lonelyland is an entertaining, occasionally impressive effort that bodes well for singer/songwriter Bob Schneider's future. The LP kicks off with "Metal and Steel," an acoustic number that is vaguely reminiscent of Paul Simon at his most Dylan-esque. Before the album is done, however, musical styles will twist and turn along the way, reminding one at times of everyone from Lenny Kravitz ("Jingy") to Bill Withers ("Bullets") to Elvis Costello-meets-Hootie & the Blowfish ("Better"). Schneider's lyrics speak of broken relationships, angst, and drug abuse, though there are hints of humor and happiness that shine through from time to time. Some of his imagery is awkward -- "Jingy" is about a metaphorical monkey on one's back, but the monkey sounds more like it's of the circus variety. Schneider needs to tame the occasional tendency to be too cute for his own good, both with his words and stylistically eclectic music. Apart from that flaw, the album is a pleasant, listenable set of adult alternative music.
Performance CreditsBob Schneider Primary Artist
David Boyle Keyboards
Stephen Bruton Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Hughes Bass,Vocals
Jud Newcomb Guitar
Carlos Sosa Saxophone
Mike Longoria Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsBob Schneider Composer
Bob Schneider Composer,Producer
Carl Thiel Producer,Engineer
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Lonelyland based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
I live in Austin, and by word of mouth the name Bob Schneider kept coming up in my day. So I bought Lonelyland...when I heard the first popular but sensitive song ''Metal and Steel'', I thought maybe just another one hit wonder cd. But I had a pleasing surprise, that he weaves and portrays an appetizing mix of diverse styles of music. From nice methodic rap rhythm of ''Big Blue Sea'' to sensual jazzy beats of ''Madeline'' to the classic alternative sounds of ''Better'', then onto the slack key island sounds of ''Moon Song.'' He has the similar residue to artists like G Love & Special Sauce, The Wallflowers, Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, Tom Waits, and others. This diversity is an intangible quality in many new artists. They seem to limit their style and genres of music, but not Bob. Besides an incredible sense of sound, he has a pleasing choice of poetic lyrics, not the two dimensional sappy pop song lyrics about surface romance. He has an admirable sensitivity and vulnerability, which is also lacking in many contemporary artists. I would suggest this album to anyone that celebrates the diversity of music in all forms.
BOB SCHNEIDER is the best guy out there. i love this cd. Afater the first time i heard his song, i had to go and find out who sang it. although he is sort of an unknown, his songs are simply put: just great. "The World Exploded into Love" is the best song on the cd. i listen to it when i'm down, or tired, or want some kind of soothing music. it makes me feel great and warm inside. i have never gotten sick of this song. "The Big Blue Sea" was also a great song to listen to. Overall, I loved the cd and YOU will too. So go make this guy famous. He deserves more recognition! All those other famous mega singers are nothing compared to him.
Bob Schneider falls in line with David Gray, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews, and Jeff Buckley. Each is a talented singer/songwriter with a unique sound. Schneider can sing as soft as a whisper, and then hit with his scruffy yet charming voice. Metal & Steel, and Round & Round are the two ''softer'' songs that radiate simplicity and grace in songwriting. Pick-up Lonelyland and enjoy from start to finnish.
A friend of mine bought me this CD, and although I had heard of Bob Schneider, I had never listened to his music. I was instantly hooked after playing it for the first time..the first 9 songs are amazing. It is a unique blend of soul, rock, jazz, and reggae. My particular favorite is Big Blue Sea. This is the first time I became an instant fan of someone after hearing his music for the FIRST time. I listen to this CD constantly!! This guy is going places.
Haven't heard a better CD lately, these people at Barnes and Noble need to find his other CDs.