From NPR: "As a general rule, Barzelay doesn't get enough credit: He may be the most underrated songwriter in the business today, with a sneakily firm grasp on poignancy and humor, and his live performances convey a kind of awkwardly fidgety fearlessness. He's a disarming performer: He can seem above it all, until he hits an emotionally devastating kill shot when listeners least expect it."
Eef Barzely has plenty indie credibility, being the frontman of indie rock outfit Clem Snide, as well as a brilliant solo-career, writing the score for the film Rudderless and doing the soundtrack to the film Rocket Science. Eef's lyrics are some of the finest in the entire genre. Of which he doesn't really fit in one. In one song he sounds like an earnest folkster, then turns silly like a pop song, and can have the irony laced indie rock, not to mention the sadness of alt-country. Really? A songwriter of this caliber is not common. 'Could Be Worse' is definitely of the ironic indie rock scene. "Show me the bright side, and I'll look til my eyes catch fire, and please forgive me if I leave you feeling uninspired. My only pleasure is to make that bubble burst, I can't find comfort in the fact that it could be worse" is a brilliant way to open your record. Then, the title track of 'Lose Big,' lyrically, is absolutely wonderful. The story line, the music. The everything. It is possibly the best song on the record, but as you can see, I can write forever on this man. The entire record is fantastic. "Do you really love me?" Yes Mr. Barzelay, I do.
Eef is playing a house show in Winter Park, Florida December 13, 2014: Tickets!
By Allison Struthers
This is a blog following the students' work at 3300+ Climbing.