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Though based in Nashville and knowledgeable about country music, Lambchop wanders through musical genres with affection but no allegiance. It's all about cross-pollination, about defying expectations and uncovering each situation’s emotional truth. Leader Kurt Wagner does this with an intelligence that never negates the music’s feel. Mark Nevers handles the orchestration, setting up a Sinatra moment on the opening cut, "If Not I'll Just Die," which Wagner blows open with a four-letter expletive. There's a melancholy mood throughout, in part due to the suicide of Wagner's friend and occasional collaborator Vic Chesnutt (whose The Salesman and Bernadette album is required listening). "Gone Tomorrow" is surely (if not directly) about Chesnutt, inspired somewhat by loss and grief. Lyrics often imply more than they state, drifting from literal meaning and sparking images that further impress the long night of "2B2," "Nice Without Mercy,” and "Buttons." Like similar acts from Leonard Cohen and Lee Hazlewood to Tindersticks, Lambchop creates a nocturnal world that can't be denied.

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Manna from the Sky

My jaw drops in amazement....not one but TWO extraordinary bands release new music on the very same day: Lambchop and Tindersticks. And both have unveiled collections of songs that - I believe - will be viewed as nothing less than classics. And trust me, I am not one to embrace anything new by a favorite band as being a classic. Personally, my reaction to both "Damaged" and "Oh Ohiio" was tepid (which did not change after repeated listens). But this new Lambchop release is just magnificent (as is the new Tindersticks album "The Something Rain" by the way). For me, these songs breath, ebb and flow. The melodies of some of the tunes, especially "Gone Tomorrow" and "Mr. Met" just sink into the brain and sit there luxuriating in their triumphant glow. The songs kind of meander in ways that lets my mind drift along with it, similar to how I engage with jazz. If you are an old fan, then you'll be pleased. If you are not acquainted with this treasure of a band, then I see no better introduction than this seductive offering. Just don't expect to be hit over the head. Be patient. And try to meet Kurt and Company half way. You might surprise yourself.


Sounds like a Cat Stevens ripoff.

Love, Loss, and Letting Go

This is a very intense, beautiful album that both celebrates and mourns a guy who was obviously greatly loved. The lush instrumentation really does a great job expressing the riot of emotions one goes through after grieving, made kind of surreal by the imagery of the lyrics. I guess I can understand why their music tends to polarize people--since there is an early 70s vibe, with elegiac strings evoking Nick Drake, and yes, some vocal stylings that remind one of Cat Stevens. Still, I think it's brilliant. Then again, I'm old enough (barely) to remember that music sounding fresh. Listen for yrself.


Formed: 1993 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

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

Touted as "Nashville's most f*cked-up country band" by their label Merge Records, Lambchop was arguably the most consistently brilliant and unique American group to emerge during the 1990s. Their unclassifiable hybrid of country, soul, jazz, and avant-garde noise seemed at one time or another to drink from every conceivable tributary of contemporary music, its Baroque beauty all held together by the surreal lyrical wit and droll vocal presence of frontman Kurt Wagner. Although Lambchop's ever-rotating...
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