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  • Audio CD (22 Sept. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: City Slang
  • ASIN: B00003ZA7G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Thriller [Audio CD] Lambchop

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RD on 17 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
Nixon and How I quit smoking established Kurt Wagner and his tastefully majestic players as among the finest songwriters of their age. This has a number of elements which make a fine genre-defying record, a fabulous quirky single (Sunny day), brilliant lyricism and minimal, but essential arrangements. I highly recommend How I Quit Smoking as the more coherent of the pair, but this is by no means less important.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 27 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Following great early works like I Hope You're Sitting Down, Hank & How I Quit Smoking, 1997's Thriller (title from Wacko Jacko?) seemed a disappointment- like 1998's follow-up What Another Man Spills, there appear to be too many cover versions (notably of FM Cornog tracks- the songwriter of the great East River Pipe). But it is here where the soulful/gospel sound of albums like Nixon and Is a Woman become evident (see opening track My Face, Your Ass) and this is a million times more on the transcendental soul trip than hyped drivel like The Polyphonic Spree.
Your F***ing Sunny Day is the best song here, the brass and strings coming together in perfect syncopation- the Curtis Mayfield influences are coming in bigtime (though is the "Are You Ready?" a reference to Strip Mine- James?). Three of the songs are written by FM Cornog, at least this will lead to the great works of East River Pipe- though the best thing Lambchop recorded around this period is the album with Vic Chestnutt which had the genius track Until the Led on it.
The title track has the same divine darkness of songs like My Blue Wave and The Petrified Florist and the feel of the film Carnival of Souls (quite Michael Nyman/Philip Glass in parts)- it has more in common, sonically speaking with My Bloody Valentine or At Silver Mt Lion/Godspeed You Black Emperor.
Thriller is not the greatest of Lambchop albums, but if you have I Hope Your Sitting Down, How I Quit Smoking, Nixon & Is a Woman, it's a must have- with an e/p's worth of Kurt Wagner classics.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Another great Album by Lambchop
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
sweet, sweet atmosphere 4 Jun. 2001
By lenin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
this was my first lambchop album and i still rate it very highly. you can hear the soul influence start to creep into the songs. lambchop are no simple country band - they are an amalgm of chiming guitars and lush horn sections complimented by kurt wagner's charming (yet sometimes offkey) swoon. the slower atmospheric songs possess that great build up before they softly explode, backed by layers of sweet feedback and tinges of traditional country i.e. the lazy front-porch slide guitar.
interestingly, the band choose to cover f.m cornog's one man band 'east river pipe' also on merge records. the melodies are smooth and refreshing - this is a feast for the senses. lambchop are comparable, in contemporary terms, to the latest work of the tindersticks, with less emphasis on string orchestration. it's that whole soul flavour - the curtis mayfield homage. i've actually got the version with 3 bonus tracks, all of which were singles preceding the release of the album, and it is in these tracks that wagner's humour really shines through. by the way, seeing wagner solo last year was one of the most innovative performances i've seen. he just sat there with his beat-up old guitar and a tape recorder, and he played stripped back versions of the lush songs with pre-recorded ambient noise. this band, and album is breathtakingly original and sumptuous - a feast of sweet atmosphere. i recommend it highly.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Perfect from beginning to end 15 May 2003
By "jafairway" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Just an astonishing record, down to the tiniest detail. There is much more variety here than on most Lambchop albums, with a couple of breezy uptempo soul songs and a long, lovely track of guitar noise. But where the eclectic What Another Man Spills seems a bit thrown together, all of Thriller flows together like a dream.
Highly recommended for folks who like their more acclaimed albums but find that the songs sound the same and become background music after a while...this one draws you in immediately and doesn't let go.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lambchop losing their way 15 Mar. 2004
By mianfei - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Lambchop's first two albums "I Hope You're Sitting Down" and the even more downbeat "How I Quit Smoking" were masterpieces that to say the least, were very difficult to live up to.

Their third album "Thriller" (showing their satirical sense given their tiny audience at the time) fails on the whole to live up to any of the beautiful chamber-folk of their first two masterpieces. The rhythms, in contrast to the sparse, almost goth-like drums on Lambchop's previous releases, are dense and very much akin to the Philly soul of the 1970s, most notably on "Your ******* Sunny Day" and "Hey, Where's Your Girl" where the once beautiful orchestration really becomes too caught up in itself - even if it is still worth listening to owing to Wagner's sense of humour: he remains one of the few people who can be humorous and still make great music.

The title tune was basically My Bloody Valentine-style guitar feedback without a trace of the melody, and only "The Old Fat Robin" do we see Lambchop at their best: this piece stands as a jazzy, melodic piece (with vibes for the first time) on which Wagner's poetic eye moves towards monastic life - which he is as acute on as anything. When he sings "count the plusses and the minuses" you know how unusual Kurt Wagner really is. The closer "Superstar In France" continued in that vein without having quite the same impact, whilst the opener "My Face Your ****" was the kind of satire on punk rock that the world has needed for decades today. At the same time, the folk influeces of "How I Quit Smoking" are gone: replaced by psychedelia and jazz to great effect.

Despite these three great songs, "Thriller" was/is disappointing. At least buy Lambchop's irst two albums (two of the most unique from the 1990s) before trying this.
Great Album and Great Band 28 Mar. 2012
By texbuck - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I knew of this band for years but never really gave them a true listen until recently. I can't get enough now and find myself with a large library of sound that Lambchop has to offer. This is one of the first of the older albums I purchased and I was amazed at how time has not touched this record. Just as fresh in 2012 as it was in th 90's. This record is classic Lambchop with a mix of well crafted country and rock music. As with all their music, Thriller has got a rich sound that is so unique. This album is one of those records you will enjoy many times. If you are a fan of the band, or if you are just discovering them, you have got to put this one in your collection.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
not the lambchop I know and love 19 Jan. 2002
By liam sheppard - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was quite dissapointed by this effort, it does not live up to the laid back symphonic sound of lanbchop..the first couple of tracks are a bit...hmmm...different.
the rest of the album is the same old stuff, not bad but not progressing.
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