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Richard Snow

by Richard Snow

60's influenced music with lots of vocal harmonies and great production with heavy influences from The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, The Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel and the Beatles.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. The Sweetest (intro)
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2. Coming Soon (Going So Fast)
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3. Real
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4. Attention Not Required
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5. Girls On the Tube
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6. Hand Me Down My Sunglasses
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7. Pretty Picture
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8. Spiral
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9. Haphazard
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10. Red Song
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11. The Sweetest
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Richard Snow is a 33-year-old singer-songwriter from Nottingham, UK who sings, plays guitar, keyboards, bass and percussion. His influences are The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Beatles and R.E.M. A former member of the new wave/post-punk band Enellen and a couple of other bands, Snow has also worked as a recording engineer. It was during this time that he learned how to make top-notch, professional-quality recordings, an experience that would later become indispensible in making his own albums. Having made two solo albums, he is now working on a third with his new band The Inlaws. Those fortunate enough to have heard Snow’s music are no doubt aware of his amazing gift for beautifully crafted, catchy power pop backed with multi-layered, Beach Boys-style harmonies.

"Richard Snow" was originally released in the UK in 2002 and was received warmly by the indie music press. In August 2007, Snow signed with US indie label SideBMusic to re-issue Richard Snow. For the re-issue, Richard remastered the CD and even remixed the album’s closing track, “The Sweetest”. New artwork was created for the CD and "Richard" Snow was released in the US in November 2007.


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Val. Harris


excellant as always Richards Snow always gives a first class performance.

Magic Hat

Review from irismagazine.net
There's no doubting that Richard Snow comes from the school of sixties pop.

His self-titled debut album starts off with the gorgeous choral piece 'The Sweetest' full of lush harmony and an obvious homage to Brian Wilson's 'Our Prayer' which was slated to start the lost Beach Boys album 'Smile'.

Wilson's influence is all over the album and it continues to exert its effect on second track 'Coming Soon'; prominent basslines and handclaps get things going as Snow weaves an intricate pattern segueing in and out of various sections. The production is superb throughout drawing parallels with fellow Wilson aficionado Sean Hagan of the High Llamas.

'Real' has a more guitar orientated approach with echoes of REM . 'Attention Not Required' follows bringing a somber feel to proceedings with the chorus "goodbye friend I got to go" delivered plaintively over precision fitted sounds.

'Pretty Picture' is less convincing and does not offer the now expected snow hook-line. Things get back to normal quickly though with 'Red Song' a nice jangly guitar pop song ala teenage fanclub with its breezy energetic melody injecting hooks galore.

The album finishes as it started with a reprise of 'The Sweetest' adding lyrics this time round. It’s a great way to end things as the song is really a mindblower; layers of harmony and spector style percussion compete with harpsichord and ethereal effects making the finest track of the album.

If you like your pop music sweet, sincere and sparkling check this out!

Fufkin

This should have been in Top Ten lists for 2001
Review from the Fufkin website;

Many fufkin site readers may have already been familiar with the self-titled disc that Richard Snow released in 2001.

Friends, it took me almost four years to discover this gem - but it has stood the “test of time” very well. This should have been in Top Ten lists for 2001. The opening and closing tracks have a timeless Beach Boy quality; and the nine tracks in between flirt with sounding like Richard X. Heyman and Arthur Lee/Love.

“Real,” “Pretty Picture” and “Spiral” are chock full of cascading 12-string riffs. Other tracks simply chime. This is one more magnificent example of how much better an indie pop artist can be than his more commercial counterparts. Long may you run, Sir Richard!



Reproduced by kind permission from Eric Sorensen

Jeff Celentano-Tripsitter


To say this record by Britan's Richard Snow is a throwback to calssic, 'retro' style songwriting would be both accuate and misleading. This is truely a unique work by an artist who wears his influences on his sleeve while at the same time retaining his own voice. From a purely technical standpoint, you can't do much better than this record. Snow pretty much played and sang every note by himself (which by the way is almost pitch perfect). For the casual listener who may not be able to appreciate Snow's technical prowess, this record also has tons of feeling. This album will quite frankly make you feel good even during the more somber numbers like "Attention Not Required" Truely a welcome offering reminding us of a time when melody, harmony and craftmanship were important ingredients in popular music. Here's hoping Richard Snow makes a big splash. Check out "Coming Soon (Going So Fast)" and "The Sweetest"
Jeff Celentano-Tripsitter

Ear Candy

Review from the website, Ear Candy
Review Of The CD From The Ear Candy website:

Richard Snow, "Richard Snow" (Indie Release) * * * * (4 stars)

From the second this CD starts ("The Sweetest-intro") with strains of harpsichord, choral singing, and flowing bass lines - you know you've discovered something "special". Richard is much like Peter Lacey in that he evokes Brian Wilson's attention to detail in the sound. A prime example would be the song "Coming Soon"- it is very Wilson-esque in it's layering and texturing of sound. However, like Peter Lacey, Richard does not sound like Brian Wilson vocally. I would compare him more to Elvis Costello is the vocal department. "Attention Not Required" is a day dreamy song that floats in its elegance. Speaking of Elvis, "Girls On The Tube" could easily fit on a late '70s Elvis Costello album. But, then you get a surprise towards the end of the song - it suddenly changes into a very psychedelic piece...much like the various "pieces" that comprised "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys. Although "Spiral" is a remake of REM's "Driver 8" (remember when REM was actually GOOD?) it is still quite enjoyable. Sure, a few of the songs pale in comparison to the really good ones, but the arrangements make up for any digressions in songwriting.
To me, one of the signs of a good album is when it seems to end too soon and you are ready to hear it again. Immediately. Although not quite on par with Peter Lacey (sorry to keep using that comparison), I'm ready to hear MORE!
Although not wholly original, Richard Snow displays something that is very much missing from today's music and that is CRAFTSMANSHIP. I'm not talking about instrumentation prowess (anybody can be a music major at college, play note-for-note perfect pitch and still be boring!) but the gift of melody and how to use it. And I'll take that over 99% of today's music any day!


Review by GPR

Ear Candy


Review Of The CD From The Ear Candy website: Richard Snow, "Richard Snow" (Indie Release) * * * * (4 stars) From the second this CD starts ("The Sweetest-intro") with strains of harpsichord, choral singing, and flowing bass lines - you know you've discovered something "special". Richard is much like Peter Lacey in that he evokes Brian Wilson's attention to detail in the sound. A prime example would be the song "Coming Soon"- it is very Wilson-esque in it's layering and texturing of sound. However, like Peter Lacey, Richard does not sound like Brian Wilson vocally. I would compare him more to Elvis Costello is the vocal department. "Attention Not Required" is a day dreamy song that floats in its elegance. Speaking of Elvis, "Girls On The Tube" could easily fit on a late '70s Elvis Costello album. But, then you get a surprise towards the end of the song - it suddenly changes into a very psychedelic piece...much like the various "pieces" that comprised "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys. Although "Spiral" is a remake of REM's "Driver 8" (remember when REM was actually GOOD?) it is still quite enjoyable. Sure, a few of the songs pale in comparison to the really good ones, but the arrangements make up for any digressions in songwriting. To me, one of the signs of a good album is when it seems to end too soon and you are ready to hear it again. Immediately. Although not quite on par with Peter Lacey (sorry to keep using that comparison), I'm ready to hear MORE! Although not wholly original, Richard Snow displays something that is very much missing from today's music and that is CRAFTSMANSHIP. I'm not talking about instrumentation prowess (anybody can be a music major at college, play note-for-note perfect pitch and still be boring!) but the gift of melody and how to use it. And I'll take that over 99% of today's music any day! Review by GPR

Anthony Dean

Thiiiiiiiiiiiiis is great!
This is a great album.

thats it.

I THINK it cured my athletes foot, but I can't be sure.

Anthony Dean

Thiiiiiiiiiiiiis is great!
This is a great album.

thats it.

I THINK it cured my athletes foot, but I can't be sure.

Simon Wilson-Nottingham Evening Post


It’s like Brian Wilson moved to town. Brilliant Harmonies , Brilliant production touches- this is unlike anything you will hear in town without being avant garde.