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10 Songs For The New Depression [CD]

Loudon Wainwright III Audio CD
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After the War (II) my father Loudon (II) came home with his bride Martha (I).1 My parents had sex and nine months later I was born albeit almost backwards.2

My youth was spent in Westchester County, New York and Beverly Hills, California.3 I remember being particularly happy when we lived in Southern California.4 However there was romantic agony - I had a tremendous ... Read more in Amazon's Loudon Wainwright III Store

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  • Audio CD (19 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B003QZ633O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. House 4:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. On To Victory Mr. Roosevelt 2:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fear Itself 2:340.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. The Krugman Blues 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Halloween 2009 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Middle Of The Night 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cash For Clunkers 3:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Got A Ukulele 2:390.79  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

After 40 years and two nominations, Loudon Wainwright III finally got his Grammy in 2010 with High, Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project. And if this opportunistic follow-up doesn't match the breadth and depth of that whole-hearted tribute to one of country's forgotten pioneers, it has its own bumptious charms.

Whatever interpretive strides Wainwright may have taken (2008's Recovery even found him rejigging his own older stuff), 10 Songs for the New Depression is back to business as usual. This is Loudon Wainwright the rueful vaudevillian, his narrative voice familiar from decades of satirical whimsies and wry confessions.

The ostensible theme is 21st century recession, equated to the 1930s by some cute cover art and two songs from the earlier period. The American has never been a populist, though (his one real hit, 1972's Dead Skunk, became a career embarrassment that maybe only the late-arriving Grammy has dispelled), and there's no parallel here to Woody Guthrie's empathetic tramp through the Dust Bowl.

Far from it. "Consider yourselves strung along," Wainwright tells his listeners in Times Is Hard; "All I can do is play this song." The songwriter's satirical inclinations have always played second fiddle to his introspection, and whether he's identifying with a newspaper columnist's angst (The Krugman Blues) or updating On to Victory, Mr Roosevelt with cynical irony, the economy's got him flummoxed.

Not that this isn't appealing. Partly it's the attack and colour Wainwright wrings from his acoustic guitar, drawing with imagination on a folksy musical palette every bit as old as himself. Partly it's the fables and punch lines he whittles out of his down-your-street observations.

But most of all it's the fact that a rankled Loudon Wainwright generates more energy than a small wind farm, and a good deal more humour.

"You know that job I always said that I hated?
Well yesterday they gave me the sack.
Loving your work is so damn overrated –
I sure wish to God I had that job back!"

--Ninian Dunnett

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"Some folks are saying things are looking up recession wise and this particular hard time might be ending. Other experts are saying we're in for a 'double-dip' and there's more faeces heading towards the global fans. If that's the case I'd like to cash in. So buddy if you can spare a few bucks, please enjoy 10 Songs for the New Depression!"--Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon's unique take on these hard times largely written by himself; mostly sad, some funny and even some optimistic.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, but oh so sweet....... 24 July 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Songwriting's not hard, it's well understood... anyone can do it and everyone should" sang Loudon Wainwright in 2003 ('Something for Nothing').

That may well be easy for him to say!... Now 63 years young and with over 40 years' worth of golden material behind him, Loudon just cannot stop writing wonderful songs which will by turns enchant, amuse, inform, amaze and occasionally depress you. The man is quite simply the greatest post-war American songwriter - and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's, Townes van Zandt's and Steve Earle's coffee tables in my football boots and say that. In terms of consistent songwriting quality, insight and introspective honesty there is nobody who comes close to Loudon.

This short collection, barely 30 minutes in total, has been available via download for a while but now gets a long-overdue CD launch. It is Loudon's second successive concept album following 2009's Grammy-winning tribute to Charlie Poole. The two projects are of course related 'cos Poole was a victim of the original Great Depression and here is Loudon with his ten odes to the latest one. All Loudon's trademarks are here - the razor-sharp wit (tracks 1, 4, 7), the astute social commentary (3 and 5 - a cover), the intensely personal track (2) and the tribute to a hero (6 - superb). The stand-out track for me is the brilliant 'Fear Itself' which is vintage Loudon and, style-wise, reminiscent of his season of Carrot Confidential spots in the eighties. Only at the end of the CD does the level tail off, with the final couple of tracks being slightly below par. But overall - as per usual - the craft, attention to detail, vocal timing and beautifully precise guitar picking (for which he is hugely underrated) are all present and correct.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Drawer 24 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Another fine album from old Loudon, I've been with Loudon now for 38 years and this album is typicaly clever in lyrics. I always preferred his acoustic stufff and this album is all of that in his traditional fashion slik as ever with the humourous edge he always produces. Love it Loudon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Making the New Depression enjoyable 11 Aug 2010
By Kid Ad
Format:Audio CD
Loudon Wainwright is not a performer I was overly familiar with before this album, but I'm now keen to dig into his extensive back catalogue. This record is a concept album about the world's current financial woes and, even though the opening track boldly proclaims "You folks need some cheering up/ Well it ain't me, babe, you got that wrong", it's difficult not to grin widely through many of the tracks.

The opening track, Times Is Hard, is not only one of the best, but one that shows why Wainwright is often compared to Dylan. It sets a high tempo, instantly whetting the appetite and grabbing your attention, something that should be difficult without the bells and whistles of modern gimic-filled production. Here, a solid performance and song writing do the job. The majority of the album is just Wainwright and his guitar: a perfect example of how less is so often more.

As the bittersweet album continues its quirky path, the inventiveness in the lyrics will constantly surprise and delight. Cash For Clunkers should have you swinging from the lamp shades and stamping your feet, just in time for Got A Ukulele to bring you back to Earth for a satisfying finish.

In short, it's not big, it's not fancy, but you'll be listening to it again and again just to enjoy the inspired lyrics and driving melodies.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The drugs dont work.... 10 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have been a big Loudon Wainwright fan for a long time and loved all his stuff...but have to say i was more than a tad disappointed by this one
The old Loudo needs to up his Prozac dose for sure - i didnt feel there was a really memorable song on the album and have since donated it now to my brother - he thought exactly the same!
Play this one too often and we'll all end in therapy.
Sorry Loudon - think you need to seriously rethink the next one or else curl up in the rocking chair with a cup of Horlicks and retire gracefully.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short - but oh so sweet...... 27 July 2010
By Mr. P. S. Rapaport - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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"Songwriting's not hard, it's well understood. Anyone can do it and everyone should" sang Loudon Wainwright in 2003 ('Something for Nothing').

That may well be easy for him to say!........ now 63 years young and with over 40 years' worth of golden material behind him, Loudon just cannot stop writing wonderful songs which will by turns enchant, amuse, inform, amaze and occasionally depress you. The man is quite simply the greatest post-war American songwriter - and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's, Townes van Zandt's and Steve Earle's coffee tables in my soccer boots and say that. In terms of consistent songwriting quality, insight and introspective honesty there is nobody who comes close to Loudon.

This short collection, barely 30 minutes in total, has been available via download for a while but now gets a long-overdue CD launch. It is Loudon's second successive concept album following 2009's Grammy-winning tribute to Charlie Poole. The two projects are of course related because Poole was a victim of the original Great Depression and here is Loudon with his ten odes to the latest one. All Loudon's trademarks are here - the razor-sharp wit (tracks 1, 4, 7), the astute social commentary (3 and 5 - a cover), the intensely personal track (2) and the tribute to a hero (6 - superb). The stand-out track for me is the short but brilliant 'Fear Itself' which is vintage Loudon. Only at the end of the CD does the level tail off a bit, with the final two tracks being slightly below par. But overall - as per usual - the craft, attention to detail, vocal timing and beautifully precise guitar picking (for which he is hugely underrated) are all present and correct.

Let's hope there's still some gas left in the LWIII tank and at least a couple more great albums come along before he hangs up the guitar case. Try to catch this songwriting genius at one of his remaining 2010 US tour gigs. If you've not yet seen him live it could be a night that changes your musical life....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clever songs 29 Jan 2013
By Gregory J. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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What is there to say? I like all of the songs. They are all musical and have thoughtful, clever lyrics.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loudon Wainwright III new album is excellent 27 Dec 2012
By Valerie Liebelt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Loudon is my favorite songwriter in this genre and I am sorry for all those people who haven't discovered him
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 26 Nov 2012
By redneckbryers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like always Loudon sings and writes from his heart and soul and makes an album worth getting. Things shouldn't be put down because of price!
3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why so much? 16 Mar 2011
By Harry S. Steinmetz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love Loudoun, but why is this so expensive? For only 10 songs? 30 minutes? Can't afford this in this depression.
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