As Loudon Wainwright III gets older, his songs become more mature, thoughtful and spellbinding. And with Dick Connette producing, this album oozes real quality akin to the Grammy award winning The Charlie Poole Project ... but with the emphasis here entirely on Loudon rather than on Charlie.
This is a collection of outstanding, often moving, songs about growing older and family matters such as In C, Older Than My Old Man Now, All in a Family (listen out for Lucy Wainwright Roche's wonderful voice on this), Somebody Else and The Days That We Die (with Rufus Wainwright). A number of the songs feature passages written by Loudon's Dad as introductory recitations - and they fit perfectly into the overall context of the album. Whether the duet with Dame Edna Everage on I Remember Sex is really necessary is, however, open to question (but it's not a disaster).
I've no doubt that us older LW3 fans, who understand exactly what's going on in the album, will just love it.
By the way, if you play this on Windows Media Player, watch out - Media Player will likely tell you you're listening to the "Unrequited" album. You're not. You're into much deeper material on this one!