Sneed Leed: A Room Full of Haters

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Sneed Leed - A Room Full of Haters
Artist: Sneed Leed


Basics: Is there room for more haters? I don't like to start things off like that, but I couldn't help myself -- especially given the title of the damn album. A title, I might add, that was not included on the CD itself and was found only after I did a few Google searches for "Sneed Leed."

Rule #1 should be to include the name of the album that you are submitting to YAFI, yet this is not the first time it's happened. 

Unfortunately for Sneed, this makes the experience of listening to his odd guitar-funk all the more challenging.

Best Song: The song "A Room Full of Haters" is conveniently situated at the beginning of the album. It is the first song you hear upon inserting the CD and, thus, it comes with no expectations. The song paints a clear picture of just what Sneed Leed plays -- instrumental guitar funk over a crappy, overused drum machine. Sure, the guitar playing is interesting enough, but full, 70 minute album of guitar funk? With basically no lyrics? That's stretching it. Since "A Room Full of Haters" is the first song on the album and is somewhat intriguing -- intriguing in the sense that it's better than listening to nothing at all -- it is the best song on the album.

Worst Song: "Straight Funk" might not win any awards for being the amongst the most clever of song titles -- hell, it won't win any other awards, either. The song is confusingly bad, aided in its search for ineptitude with a bizarre, chipmunk-esque vocal sample delcaring, "Mommy, I wish I could be like Charles Sneed." I simply cannot describe to you how truly bizarre and just plain awful this song is in writing, yet I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy to have to sit and listen to it.

Suggestions: I shouldn't have to search for the title of the album. The more work you make me do will negatively effect how I hear your music -- regardless of how good or bad it is. Song titles like "Stay Out Them Bushes," "I Killed Your Kat," "E-Mail Love," "You A Real Hotty" and "Did I Funk You????" don't exactly inspire confidence in listeners -- especially when it's guitar funk you're playing. How the hell are you going to play a song warning people about staying out of bushes through guitar funk?

Grade: D-

If you're a musician from the Phoenix metro area and would like to have your music reviewed in You Asked For It (our first-come, first-served and often harsh record review column) please send it in an envelope marked "YAFI" to:

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1201 E. Jefferson Street Phoenix , AZ 85034


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3 comments
Lwall1872
Lwall1872

Ok so I promised to look up your site and I did not bad at all the song title are a little different but in all good work.             LaToya Form cox communications

Cheer"Leeder"
Cheer"Leeder"

You may just have it wrong on the Sneed Leed. For me, this material actually passes that indefinite line between the inept and the sublime. That bizarre corner of recorded music that contains Shatner's "Transformed Man" and early Ween will have a cozy spot set aside for "Haters". I dig the Youtube vid shot sideways. If you want to hear what its all about for yourself, check out Sneed's Myspace. Indescribable!http://www.myspace.com/3362262...

Harrietfayew
Harrietfayew

Mr Lopez I dont know how long you have been in the music scene or have had any music training, but it looks like you didn't do your reserch or review the CD fully ,1st of all You named titles that are not on that CD then you say that the music can not be found and then you name that song...If you take the time and do all the reserch you will find that the music has a lot of heart and soul to it ....I find the statement that you made was unfounded and untrue and hatefull....STOP HATEING............

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