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19 Nov 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 12 Nov 2010
  • Label: CITY SLANG
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 CITY SLANG
  • Total Length: 2:14:00
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  • ASIN: B004BOFYAM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,124 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Feb 2002
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How do you follow up a perfect album like "Nixon"?. Lambchop have the answer with "Is A Woman", a stripped down, moody collection of meaningful songs. The opener "the daily growl" sets the tone for the rest of the album with it's resonant piano and moody rhythms. This is followed up with the best two tracks the "new cobweb summer" and "my blue wave" with the moving sentiments of bereavement.
Other stand out tracks are "Autumn Vicar", "Bugs" and the title track. It's a real grower. If your in a sombre mood why opt for a happy pick me up collection when Kurt and the boys can make you feel that you're not alone.
This really is a masterpiece and once again Lambchop prove that they are the kings of their ever changing genre.
I recommend you to buy this record, it's my record of the year so far!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on 30 Mar 2002
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Alot of music critics and listeners have seriously misjudged this album. The more discerning critic and listener has thrilled to this album's nuances, its sheer class and sophistication. This album is by some distance the finest achievement of Kurt Wagner's career to date. It makes Nixon look pretty ordinary. With the absence of the slightly irritating falsetto that Wagner displayed on that album, this is pure, hardcore Kurt - absolutely focused, delivering each phrase with a mastery befitting the finest jazz singers. Just the way he sings/speaks the final lines on the second track, The New Cobweb Summer - 'The hunter is asleep, at least that's what I call him, in the afternoon of the new cobweb summer' - is transcendentally beautiful and profound. Throughout, Kurt's vocals are so perfectly judged, the lyrics his most precise and illuminating and brilliantly idiosyncratic. He sings unfathomable lines as if they were the most direct and moving lyrics ever written. 'My Blue Wave' is so achingly sad; it goes on forever, but it doesn't matter, because its structure is so perfect. If Gershwin was around, he'd say - 'that's a great song!' - even if he was bemused by the ultra-ultra maudlin and dog-loving lyric. Some of the instrumentation is so softly played that one can barely hear it, and this is what discerning listeners have failed to pick up on; this album belongs to a previous age, when nuance and subtlety actually counted. The ears of contemporary listeners have to adapt, after all the in-your-face, full on nonsense that prevails these days. This is an album I listen to twice a day, every day, and it never fails to put me under its spell. Every second of this album is a fragment of beauty.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. RJ Shipley on 3 May 2003
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Opening with the outstanding track, The New Cobweb Summer, Kurt Wagner's 14-piece Nashville collective have produced yet another album of charm and sparkling beauty - and a worthy sequel to 2000's awesome Nixon album. However, recording via live sessions and using Tony Crow's piano as the foundation for almost every song has lead to radically different ambience: Nixon's mix of layer upon layer of guitar, strings and brass yielded a cinematic, widescreen sound which swooped and soared - Is A Woman is more of a back-to-basics album, with only the songs/lyrics demanding your attention. For the uninitiated though, Is A Woman's eleven "dark and breezy" songs could prove to be a challenge. The pace is pedestrian - almost funereal - and the crafted melodies barely seem to exist... they simple float on the lightest of breezes. But, be patient. Give these gems a little time to embed themselves in your brain and you will surely be smitten.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Debora King on 13 Jun 2002
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Another 'Nixon'? Certainly not. The band has deliberately set out to make this a "quiet" record, and have dispensed with the grandeur that 'Nixon' celebrates. No less magnificent, 'Is a Woman' refrains from its predecessor's orchestral splendour, and finds a new sumptuousness in Wagner's rich, gravelly tones, accompanied by complementary but unobtrusive piano and guitar harmonies. This is a side of Lambchop not heard as yet - there is no trace of their early country influence - it in places more closely follows the blues tradition. Imagine one man at a piano, singing idle reflections, in a dimly-lit bar, as you listen to Wagner tease and caress every word and syllable in his melancholic, yet strangely reassuring way.
The songs pay homage to life's poignant simplicities, with gentle witticisms and lovable self-deprecations. From the obscure to the discernable, this is largely an observational album, of the self and others (note the detectable reference to Vic Chesnutt in Autumn's Vicar), life and everything. Is Lambchop a woman? Some might say so, with this exploration of their more "delicate, sensitive" side. Particularly stunning tracks include the most charming My Blue Wave (when "the dog gives you the paw..."), the wonderfully humorous I Can Hardly Spell My Name, and the gorgeous title track, Is a Woman, with its uplifting reggae twist as climax.
Whether the magic lies in their rustic timbre, Wagner's resonant vocals, or the lyrical beauty of the music, this is a gem. Sit back, and let 'Is a Woman' work its spell on you.
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