Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Ugly Americans may be on the wane, but various survivors of the Austin alt-pop outfit do turn out to support frontman Bob Schneider on this solo effort. Lonelyland showcases Schneider's competing interests as a singer-song... more »
Ugly Americans may be on the wane, but various survivors of the Austin alt-pop outfit do turn out to support frontman Bob Schneider on this solo effort. Lonelyland showcases Schneider's competing interests as a singer-songwriter (nice Elvis Costello-like melodic turns of "Big Blue Sea") and Southern white-boy rapper (most notably on the swampy "Bullets"). But things get really strange on "The World Exploded into Love," on which a sub-Barenaked Ladies spiel is paired with full-blown female operatic accompaniment. Schneider, it turns out, is the son of an opera singer, so the song makes sense biographically, if not musically. While fans of Schneider's prior outfits (Joe Rockhead, Ugly Americans, and the Scabs) will likely find things to love on this album, Lonelyland sounds like the work of a solo artist who's still finding his own voice. --Bill Forman
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Austin's Biggest Kept Secret
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I first got introduced to Bob Schneider's music about a year ago. A few of the songs like "Big Blue Sea" and "Metal and Steel" were frequently played on the radio. These got me interested in hearing the rest of the album and I've never looked back since. This album is the real deal showcasing Bob Schneider's varied musical talents with catchy lyrics and sincere emotion. Everyone will find something to like, probably to love, about Lonelyland. "Tokyo" speaks to the frustrated, twisted way we all feel amid personal crisis (this is where the explicit lyrics come in) while "The World Exploded into Love" takes us to a higher level of awareness with it's intensity. Having seen Bob perform live, I can honestly say he's put his heart into this CD, just like he does on stage, and it clearly shows. Since nothing's perfect, I can't give this CD a 5, but it's the closest I've seen in a long while. Austin's got yet another reason to be proud."
This guy's got it all!
Sara | Milwaukee, WI | 02/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It was one fateful night, I was flipping through the channels when I came across austin city limits. normally, I would flip right past, but those impossibly beautiful brown eyes made me pause, and it was that amazing voice and his dance moves during "tarantula" (pity it's not on the album) that got me hooked. I have been a devoted bob schneider fan ever since. Since then I have had the pleasure to convert many of my friends, and see his amazing live performance at summerfest this past year, he walked on the stage to polite, if disinterested applause. But by the end of the night everyone was on their feet, and several girls were asking me, "who IS that guy?!!" I also had the pleasure of meeting Bob that night, and he is genuinely nice and interested in his fans. Now my review of the CD. I can only do it properly song by song, so here goes; Metal and Steel: not my favorite, but shows off his softer side and his wonderful songwriting abilities.Big Blue Sea: my favorite on the album. this is the song that's going to make him famous. nsync and backstreet better watch out, once this video gets on trl, there's no looking back.Jingy: this song was amazing live, very funny. but that dang guy yelling in the back is just too distracting. really praying he comes out with an acoustic version or something.Bullets: second favorite song. very sexy, awesome beat. this is the song I use to convert people with, and they fall for it every time.World Exploded Into Love: slow, pretty, nice to fall asleep to.Round and Round: would be a good song if it weren't for all the uneeded extra vocals, I'm talking to YOU Mrs. bullock!Moon Song: this song makes me want to go on vacation to mexico and drink margaritas.Madeline: once again, this man's voice is too sexy for his own good. I'll save him from himself anytime.Tokyo: the most "radio-friendly-alternative" of all the songs. good to sing along to.Under My Skin: dark, moody, but not one of my favsBlue Skies for Everyone: this song is equivalent to "halloween" by the DMB, in the creepy-but still unbelievable vibe.Better: nice falling-in-love song2002: THIS IS THE BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM!!!!! written as a letter to an ex-girlfriend, this is the funniest, most simplistic, and poignant song on the album, you won't be able to forget it, and performed live it makes you laugh and breaks your heart.Oklahoma: very fun song, definetly has the whole "austin" sound everyone is talking about. good closer for the CDBob is an incredible artist who is absolutely impossible to pigeon-hole. I was shocked when I found out this carried an "explicit lyric" warning, whatever obscenities are in the songs, they are there for a reason, unlike most rap albums out there, it's not for shock value. Lonelyland is a wonderful album I never get tired of listening to, even if on some of the songs there is too much of a good thing. Also, props to his amazing band, all very talented and funny guys. also, try and get your hands on his other songs "tarantula" "wish" and his very cool version of "If I only had a brain." So in the end, buy this cd! you won't regret it. I hope one day Bob will receive the recognition and fame he so richly deserves.love,
a fan from milwaukee"
Bob Schneider w/ Lonelyland
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, The CD hasn't made it out to the world quite yet, but it has been out for awhile here in Austin, TX! I have been going to see Bob Schneider's act for just about the past three years. He is an amazing singer/songwriter with a great supporting cast of Stephen Bruton, Bruce Hughes, Danny Levin, Michael Longoria, and David Boyle. Every track on the "Lonelyland" CD flows wonderfully together, with a blues, rock, bluegrass tune. This is a must have for any music lover, I highly recommend it."