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Older Than My Old Man Now

16 April 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 16 April 2012
  • Label: Proper Records
  • Copyright: 2012 2nd Story Sound Ltd, Under License to Proper Records Ltd
  • Total Length: 57:25
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  • ASIN: B007Q56NS0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,886 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 2 Oct 2012
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I think this is one of Loudon Wainwright's very best albums - which for me is really saying something. I have been a fan since hearing him play "School Days" on the BBC over 40 years ago and rushing out to buy Album I. He has never made an out-and-out bad album, in my view, but not all have been great. This one is.

Wainwright is musing on past life, aging and death here with the insight, the excoriating self-examination and the wit which have marked his work from the very beginning. The music is still relatively simple, generally tuneful and always very listenable. The songs range from the genuinely hilarious My Meds and the funny but poignant I Remember Sex (a duet with Dame Edna Everidge) to the lovely and tender In C and the exceptionally moving Somebody Else. All are songs with genuine heart and real musical content, even when the music is used to light-hearted effect. His four children (Rufus and Martha included) appear at various points on the album and the overall effect is emotional and moving with quite a few laughs along the way.

I have had a long, long affection for Loudon Wainwright and this has only increased it, which I cannot say for all his work. I warmly recommend this album.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Devlin on 19 April 2012
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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!
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By BrianK on 22 Sep 2013
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I have been a fan of Loudon Wainwright for many years now but this album slightly disappointed. There are some great tracks but the inclusion of the Edna Everidge collaboration is a complete mistake
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By magiclanternman on 14 Feb 2013
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I'm a bit younger than yer man but getting there...
LW3 has always been at his best when you weren't sure whether to laugh or cry. This is him at his best. If you're over 50 I can't believe his musings on old age, death and families will leave you unmoved. Great songs superbly performed and arranged. Buy it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. S. Rapaport on 7 May 2012
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I feel you need a couple of weeks to digest a new LWIII album `cos there's usually so much in there and it has to settle on the palate. This beautiful set, his third successive 'concept album', is no exception.

It's a mixture of styles, moods and approaches to a challenging subject. Some tracks - many of them duets - work brilliantly, a couple of others not so. The fact is that few other songwriters could even attempt to confront in such visceral detail the issues Loudon grapples with here - ageing, mortality, medicines, bodily functions, a lifetime of relationship regrets and the gradual wind-down to mowing the lawn. But then the detail of Loudon's life has been played out in his songs for so long now that his fans already know all about the family conflicts, mistakes, misdemeanors, career moves and bouts of depression. But it's precisely because his life HAS been so 'publicly personalised' that we care about Loudon. It's almost like he's one of our own family and that's the reason why I can listen to this CD and love it - as opposed to, say, Leonard Cohen's 'Old Ideas' from earlier this year which, although it addresses the same theme, is not half as engaging.

The standout songs here are 'Ghost Blues', the title track (3) and the various duets - track 4 (with Ramblin' Jack Elliott), 6 (with daughter Lucy) and the classic (9) with late first-wife Kate which was probably originally intended as irony when it was written back in 1975 but now just sounds desperately sad. The Rufus duet (13) picks up where `A Father and A Son' left off twenty years ago and track 14, with second wife Suzzy Roche, grows better with each listen. Even the comedy duet (11) with Dame Edna/Barry Humphries works surprisingly well and has a genuine charm about it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Marshall on 9 Jan 2013
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He always seems to tap into the moment, I have made 10 years past my Father's age at death so there was some resonance here with me as ever with this clever writer
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sneggy paul on 26 May 2013
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Older generations will love the irony of this album. LW has got it spot on - really good lyrics and music.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RN DAVIES on 30 Jan 2013
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As I'm seeing LW111 in concert in a couple of months, I thought I should catch up with his latest work. For those who think he went 'off' in the 80s & 90s this would be a return to form; and for those who believe he has been consistently good - this is consistently good!
There is no-one then or now who deals with life and death in the way LW111 does, with a sad but wry grin.
I can happily recommend this album, with one caveat: I am in my late fifties, I have two grown up daughters and two grandchildren (4 if you include - as I do - the two we, happily, took on from my son-in-laws first marriage). As the song says: "your hourglass once had a top half / that was filled full of sand, but it's all trickled down". LW111 is writing and singing to me!
I am not sure how this album will be received by anyone not knocking on heaven's door.
Anyway, I have my tickets to see LW111 at the end of April; I am looking forward to it so much - I just hope I live that long......
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