- Released: November 10, 2008
- Label: Megaforce
Spin - p.1024 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he high point is a ragged bar-band jam about the dissolution of the middle-class dream."
Dirty Linen - p.86
"Snider comes from beyond left field in his approach, placing a lot of confidence in his audience's ability to keep up. The result is both refreshing and rewarding."
Blender (Magazine) - pp.76-773.5 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he amiable 42-year-old lends his peach-cobbler drawl to songs about maimed soldiers and power-drunk bullies..."
- 1.Mission Accomplished (Because You Gotta Have Faith)
- 2.The Ballad of Cape Henry
- 3.Fortunate Son
- 4.Is This Thing Working?
- 5.Stuck on the Corner (Prelude to a Heart Attack)
- 6.Dividing the Estate (A Heart Attack)
- 7.Ponce of the Flaming Peace Queer
- 8.Is This Thing On?
Personnel: Peter Cooper, Craig Wright, Lori Lopez, Bob Mercer, Cowboy Jim, Donnie Herring, Elvis Hicks, Melita Snider, Vickie Lucero, David Zollo, Doug Lancio, Eric McConnell, Kevn Kinney, Patty Griffin, Will Kimbrough, David Jacques, Paul Griffith.
Authors: Village Fuggs; Mark Marchetti.
Photographer: Branch McConnell.
From its title to its eye-catching cover art, Todd Snider's PEACE QUEER delivers a strong message. Although a mere eight songs (the album is technically an EP), PEACE QUEER is one of the alternative singer-songwriter's most focused and forceful efforts. Snider offers commentary on war (in the half-rapped opener "Mission Accomplished (Because You Gotta Have Faith") and other contemporary ills with remarkable insight, wit, and verbal facility. The songwriter's way with a phrase and his wry, conversational delivery are perfectly supported by his rootsy mix of folk, blues, and country, which means PEACE QUEER should appeal to fans of many genres, and to anyone who appreciates good songwriting.