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Bob Schneider

A Perfect Day

2011-05-04

FCC Watch: "Yeah, I'll Do That" is a half a syllable away from danger. Bob Schneider, the potty mouth, pretty boy, singer/songwriter savant, Austin's best kept secret, has made a completely breezy, nearly G-Rated album based on a nice day at the lake. . . . really. After a particularly perfect day on Lake Travis, Schneider began to develop the concept for "A Perfect Day." If Michael Franks and Steely Dan had a child and then let Lyle Lovett and Mark Cohn teach the kid music, that kid would be this version of Bob Schneider. The genre defying Schneider is a multiple winner of Austin Music Awards is as widely scattered categories as Band of the Year, Singer/Songwriter of the Year and even Best Bluegrass Band. His people sum this up best: "A PERFECT DAY is just that--12 tracks of easy grooving, soulful melodies that sound like sunshine and slip into the ear as smooth as a chilled daiquiri. But, as is typical of Schneider, they're hardly pro-forma, follow-the-dots boat songs; rather, he cuts a wide swatch of music to chill by, from the light, summer groove of the opening track and first single "Let The Light In" to the soulful earthiness of "Honeypot," the ringing ambience of "Everything You Love,” the bouncy pop of "Funcake," the relentless, brassy funk of "Am I Missing Something,” the insistent wiggle of "Hand Me Back My Life" and the loose-lipped-and-limbed, good humor of "Peaches" and "Yeah, I'll Do That."" Reviewed By Todd Townsened.

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