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4.0 out of 5 stars Lest we Forget, 11 Mar 2002
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This review is from: I Hope You're Sitting Down (Audio CD)
The stature of this album grows with each passing year. To ignore this masterpiece in favour of their more recent releases would be a shame. Kurt Wagner and his troop are on top of their game here. The gernerous 17 tracks allow them enough time to spin a sound more minimal than "Nixon", and rougher than "Is a Woman". Although the song structures are quite repetitive, the album manages to maintain both a diversity and an overarching unity. Kurt's observations are sharp: being both witty and dark - check out the several references to suicide (in one track a guy wishes to kill himself by filling his room with deoderiser spray!). The band never depresses, however, and you leave the album with a quiet sense of hope.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reissue of Lambchop's debut, 20 May 2006
Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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post-'Nixon', Lambchop have been a bit patchy - 'Is a Woman?' had a lush production but somehow didn't gel, while the double album 'Aw C'Mon/No You C'Mon' seems patchy - suffering from that classic double album problem. So it's a great thing that the first four 'Chop albums ('I Hope You're Sitting Down/Jack's Tulips';'How I Quit Smoking'; 'Thriller' & 'What Another Man Spills') are reissued alongside the compilation 'The Decline of Country and Western Civilisation.'

This 17-track debut LP with a classic cover of dog's nads (and a even more classic pubic shot on the inner sleeve!)was recorded in 1993/94 and is the burgeoning work of the collective headed by Kurt Wagner. The first five albums by the 'Chop are all tremendous and this is as good a place to start as any - so many classics: 'soaky in the pooper', 'cowboy on the moon', 'betweenus', 'bon soir bon soir' etc. Like Palace/Will Oldham, Beck circa 'One Foot in the Grave' (or 'Rowboat' from 'Stereopathetic Soul Manure') and Silver Jews, Lambchop skirted around country and were probably hobbled by the alt-country tag - there's a feel of the gothic, of Johnny Cash, of Curtis Mayfield...and they're one of those great acts who transcend the alt-country/Americana tag like Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Scud Mountain Boys, Vic Chestnutt & the timeless The Handsome Family. It all starts here anyway...
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