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"At its heart, Nixon is an album fascinated by the world at its most fallible and ordinary." --Pitchfork, Best New Reissue

"one of the truly classic albums of the past several decades" —Popmatters

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  • Audio CD (6 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B001DD0HXS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ohio
2. Slipped Dissolved And Loosed
3. I'm Thinking Of A Number (Between 1 And 2)
4. National Talk Like A Pirate Day
5. A Hold Of You
6. Sharing A Gibson With Martin Luther King Jr
7. Of Raymond
8. Please Rise
9. Popeye
10. Close Up
11. I Believe in You

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Graceful 2008 album from the evergreen country collective outta Nashville, led by Kurt Wagner! Includes a cover of the Don Williams hit "I Believe In You".

BBC Review

Ten albums into a 22-year career and Nashville alt country collective Lambchop are sounding increasingly like a band with diminishing returns. They're stuck on repeat and waiting for the odd wave of critical recognition to wash over them. The last one was in 2000: the year they released the hugely popular, but stylistically similar Nixon LP. And while fans of that and subsequent work will find much to love here, the so-low-key-as-to-be-almost-invisible approach is now wearing thin.

''You disregard the clock that's on the wall'', sings frontman, Kurt Wagner, on National Talk Like A Pirate Day and with the amount of time that he's had to dig up some fresh ideas you have to believe he's being self-referential. There's great stuff here - the winsomely lovelorn I'm Thinking Of A Number Between 1 and 2, in particular. But it all sounds both depressing and depressingly familiar.

Let's put this into perspective using the biggest of benchmarks. There were five years between The Beatles' Please, Please Me and their tenth album, The White Album. Five years between the simple and raucous I Saw Her Standing There and the introspective and intricate While My Guitar Gently Weeps. MBEs and God complexes, acid drops and transcendental meditation fuelled some of the most inspired pop music ever made along the way. And they burnt out in less than half the time that Wagner and his forever-changing line-up of backing musicians have been trawling the circuit.

It's not that Wagner doesn't know how to play his hand - OH (Ohio) is as smart and deft as Lambchop ever were - but he fills his quota of loves lost, chances missed and souls left lonely far too methodically. It's tick list melancholia, same as it ever was, all buoyed up by meandering guitar figures and delivered at a pace that rarely gets above a trot.

OH (Ohio) leaves you wondering where Kurt Wagner's capable of going from here, or (more worryingly) whether he was that bothered about going anywhere in the first place. --Henry Barnes

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on 9 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
Ever since I heard Lambchop--it was Nixon--for the first time, I was hooked. Americana being a new label for me then, I approached them skeptically but was blown away by their music, both Kurt Wagner's lyrical mischief and boldness, and the palette of sounds available in such large band, an array of possibilities you don't always hear.

Pretty much everything they put out up until Is A Woman, I thought, was extraordinary ... never quite the same but maintaining a certain mood and musical thread. After that things were not bad but following albums, although each of them contained gems, did not carry the creative weight of its predecessors.

Ohio is a return to what Lambchop does best, the languid melodies full of nuances and thoughtful twists are back. The melancholy in Wagner's voice is more poignant, I think, and he sounds more determined, as laid back as he's always sounded, to touch you deep inside your heart.

The band is stunning, a tribute to risking being so many and never making a ton of money--until Nixon, Kurt work sanding floors to support himself--that pays off big dividends in this album again. I believe there's a remarkable difference where each instrument in a band comes from a member rather than a studio session player. These guys inhabit and bring their personal touch to these songs, something virtuosos for hire don't always bother with.

Speaking of the songs, although hard to pick some over others, some beauties must be mentioned. Sharing a Gibson with Martin Luther King Jr., Ohio, Popeye, I Believe In You or I'm Thinking of a Number, can be included in a serious Lambchop collection.

All in all, Lambchop's back--although they never went astray--with a powerful album. Power that grows from Wagner hardly raising his voice beyond a whisper and a band that's less concerned with shining individually that glowing together.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By cathy earnshaw on 28 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'm a complete Lambchop neophyte, but I happened to hear this album - it was given away free in the German edition of Rolling Stone - and I loved it.

The painting on the front by artist Michael Peed, Kurt Wagner's former grad school mentor, sets the scene for the album: violence (through the window, you can see LA police officers beating a man in a racist attack) is comically and critically contrasted with an intimacy which is centre stage (a man fondles his lover's breast on a dishevelled bed, blissfully unaware of the tumult outside). There is something more fiery being held back in the music, too, kindling on the coals in the background, but never quite bursting into flames.

In his restrained baritone - which counters to the loud and glossy unsubtleties of mainstream music - Wagner's lyrics are barely audible (on one track he sings, "I'm such a bad enunciator / Understanding [me?] is hard") but have their trademark thoughtfulness: "We'll I'm not too acquainted with the topography of your mind", he sings on Slipped, Dissolved and Loosed, "I need a detailed description / a representation of some kind".

Standouts (IMO): A Hold of You, I Believe In You, Of Raymond, Slipped Dissolved and Loosed
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on 1 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Mainly because it's the most heartfelt and least self-consciously quirky. I thought Damaged was the most boring thing ever; I didn't even get through the whole of it, so I was not at all optimistic about its successor. How many Lambchop albums could really be considered classic? Only Nixon and Is A Woman. This album may lack the same kind of stand-outs as those two albums, but I found myself impossibly moved by these tracks. I listened to a promo copy, I don't know if the actual album has a lyric booklet, and I don't know what half the words are, but it's the moods of the pieces more than anything . . . a powerful melancholy that Wagner has only occasionally tapped before (specifically on the Is A Woman album). This album is NOT BORING. Don't believe the other review that says that. Damaged was boring, because it felt like nothing was really at stake, like Wagner was going through the motions to some degree. Others will no doubt scoff at the idea that this is Lambchop's best album, but it's the one that affected me most, and that's how I measure how good an album is. Particular mention goes to 'Slipped Dissolved And Loosed','Of Raymond' and 'Popeye'. Don't miss the experience of this album, because it is special and unique.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry Gilchrist on 15 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
Lambchop are one of the few bands around that I like who seem happy to create delicate music rather than trying to assault your ears like a lot of others do. For this I am truly glad! This album begins with the chilled out Ohio and just gets more chilled out from there. Slipped Dissolved and Loose uses guitars and piano to magical effect and the lyrics of Kurt Wagner are as delicate and minimalist as always.
The great music keeps coming until what I feel are the two stand out tracks, Sharing A Gibson With Martin Luther King Jr. and Of Raymond. The light guitaring and and offbeat lyrics make them both blissful pieces of music that would grace any album.
If you are new to Lambchop, get this album! If you are aware of Lambchop and don't have it yet, get this album! It's musical scores are almost orchestral in parts and the always delicate vocals give it something different.
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