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Album Review

While not the strongest of his 80s efforts, this disc does offer some typically great songs. Anyone who's ever moved will find solace in "Cardboard Boxes," and Wainwright was never so biting as on the ascerbic "How Old Are You." The only real clunker is the forced sounding tribute to John Lennon, "Not John."

Customer Reviews

Not John is the best track

I disagree about the reviewer's comments about Not John. I found it a very moving track without being twee. Well done Loudon!!

Very good album - Not John is a beautiful song

This album includes some very fine ironic song-writing by LW, including One Man Guy (self-absorption), I'm Alright (blues-style anti-love song), How Old Are You? (viewing his own musical career through the jaundiced eyes of the press). It also includes fun novelty songs like Cardboard Boxes (moving house), Animal Song (animals), Daddy Take a Nap (middle-aged napping). And lastly, death songs, including Not John (moving tribute to John Lennon), Out Of This World (suicide wish?), Ready or Not (So Ripe) (suicide again?)
I used to listen to the cassette version of this album a lot. Not John is one of my favourite LW songs of all time.


Born: 05 September 1946 in Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Loudon Wainwright III grew up in the town of Bedford in wealthy Westchester County north of New York City, the son of Loudon S. Wainwright, Jr., a writer and editor at Life magazine and a direct descendant of colonial governor Peter Stuyvesant. Wainwright became a folk singer/songwriter in the late '60s, singing humorous and nakedly honest autobiographical songs. Signed to Atlantic Records, he recorded Album I (1970) and Album II (1971), accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, before switching to...
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