OK, so neither of Lambchop's new long players evoke the same kind of magic as the lush country soul of "Nixon" and "What Another Man Spills" or the sparse melancholy of "Is A Woman" but given time they reveal themselves as fine albums in their own right. It just takes time and a bit of effort, as with all Lambchop music!
Of the two, I'd say "Aw C'mon" is the stronger album- gorgeous tunes all over the shop, my personal favourites being "Something's Going On", "I Haven't Heard A Word I've Said", "Nothing But A Blur From A Bullet Train" and the amazing "Steve McQueen". Melancholy masterpieces, each and every one.
Other highlights include the faltering lounge jazz of "Women Help To Create The Kind Of Men They Despise" and the damn funky "I Hate Candy".
"No You C'mon" is a lighter affair than the fairly bleak "Aw C'mon"- the tunes are looser on the whole, the lyrics slightly more humorous and heck- even a bit of heavily distorted guitar creeps into a song or two ("Nothing Adventurous Please" being the main example of this- it rocks hard! Track 10, "The Gusher" even cobs the riff from the Black Sabbath standard "Paranoid"!).
At the mellower end of the spectrum we get gems like "There's Still Time" and "The Problem".
It seems a lot of fuss has been made over the inclusion of instrumental material on the albums, which I can't really understand. Admittedly, some of these tunes veer a little too closely to 'elevator music' or whatever you want to call it, but on closer inspection the likes of "The Lone Official" and "Sunrise" reveal themselves as great pieces of music.
The key to enjoying these albums is to not be overwhelmed by the huge amount of material on offer- like I said, it takes a bit of time to fully appreciate everything here! Get used to one disc at a time, whatever it takes but please don't write them off as disappointing so soon- they're a pair of gems!