by Jessica Brandt
Britt "Snuzz" Uzzell has a voice that is kind of hard not to smile at, as
well as listen to. His eponymous release Snuzz (Pronounced
'snooze') captures the artist's wit as well as music talent. Although I
have never seen this band live, I have heard that they're fun and great to
see, and I can believe it.
A stand-out song is track 2, "Shut Up Singin' About the End of the World,"
where Uzzell puts televangelists in their place "Televangelists on my TV/
Chanel 6 and he's tellin' me/ I need to change somethin' desperately/ I
change the channel from 6 to 3/ now that f**ker's off my TV." Yeah man,
right on! Snuzz tells it like it is.
"Amplify" reminds me of some old Handle stuff (ack! Really obscure
reference. Go here to see what
they're all about), Snuzz's white suburban attempt at a little hip-hop.
"Where ya Taking Me?" contains a little of Eddie Walker's (drums) and Chuck
Folds'(bass) backing vocals, and is a little slow but mesmerizing.
"Blue Light" slows the pace down a little bit. It's about picking up a
girl in a K-Mart, but it's so convincing that you'd be led to believe it's
a love song. "Creating Something" went by really fast, about 2:15 of rock,
and is noted in the liner notes as containing "A tribute to Rush"
(Incidentaly, Track 1, "Goodbye," is cited as containing a tribute to
Chapel Hill's Archers of Loaf) which is followed by "Eddie" which rocks as
Next up is this decade's most catchy song (even catchier than "Semi Charmed
Life," yes) "Lemonade," an unpretentious song about...well, lemonade. "A
snotty kid you should happen to pass/ Just make sure that you kick his ass/
Lemonade/ Lemonade, is what we're sippin." Snuzz invited Sam Frazier to do
some fancy guitar work on this one.
The final track, "The Goodbye," features another guest artist in Ben Folds
(on the piano, duh). and is sort of a duet with Snuzz, who plays both drums
and guitar as well. It's a little bittersweet "I don't wanna hear none of
that/ it's all bullshit/ save it for your mom or someone else," the classic
breakup song with a twist of Snuzz.
Way at the end of the CD there's a bonus song, "Message for Karen" which is
just that-- A message to Karen, left on her answering machine. "This is a
message for Karen, to convince you of all the love I'd be sharin' with you"
It's short and sweet, and you can't help but root for Snuzz as he
professes his love to his friend!
This is a great album, and I thank Chuck Folds highly for sending it to me
(as well as the Bus Stop CD). This one may be a little harder to find, but
if you Sen e-mail to Chuck
he'd be more than happy to find a copy for you. If youre a fan of the
Chapel Hill NC sound and don't want to miss out on the amazing music coming
from there, be sure to inquire!