What? No-one's reviewed this? Surprising. I thought Kurt Wagner had a global audience of die-hard obsessives, relentlessly spreading the word about him. May I say that I had heard plenty about Lambchop before I bought Nixon, but had never heard Wagner's music. I was expecting to hear some sort of alt-country lo-fi type melancholia. While there are elements of these genres, my ignorance of their sound was in fact a great advantage, as coming to their music afresh, I was surprised but delighted to find out that what we have here is actually one of the greatest soul albums I've ever heard. I'm serious. Tracks like 'Up with People', 'You romantic you' and 'Grumpus', sound like Curtis Mayfield crossed with Marvin Gaye (although Wagner does NOT sound like these singers)crossed with Gang of Four. I have been listening to this album over and over again. It is absolutely fascinatingly constructed, with a bewildering array of layers to it that give you something new every time you play it. Even though the album is lushly recorded and layered, there is still a quite beautiful simplicity to it, like you get with tremendously complex symphonies coming together to create a unitary passage, where everything is subsumed into the force of the whole. This album's a bit like that and although I cannot comment on the other work of Lambchop (which, according to various people has been a bit hit-and-miss), this is without a doubt, the best thing I have heard all year.