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This review is from: Aw C'Mon! No You C'Mon! (Audio CD)
Shortly before the release of Lambchop's last outing Is A Woman, frontman Kurt Wagner quit his day job in favour of sitting on his front porch in Nashville, writing a song a day. Aw C'mon and No You C'mon, released simultaneously but not as a double-album, are the product of Wagner's considerable work.
As is suggested by the titles, these records both complement and contradict one another at once; although both LPs have the similar reference points of old Tennessee soul and lush, viscous production, there is nonetheless a unique feel to each set. Whilst Aw C'mon languishes safely in the swooping strings and warm orchestration that flowed throughout Nixon, No You C'mon has a more experimental feel to it, recalling the band's earlier work, even allowing occasional guitars to rip through the careful grand arrangements.
But what unites the two records is Wagner's singular staccato vocals, equal parts Memphis storm and Nashville calm in texture, lyrically obtuse but as instantly understandable as ever. "Sorry that was a little heavy on the wordplay", Wagner admits, a verse into For Pounds In Two Days, and although he's quite right, there's a wonderfully understated meaning in all he sings.
Equally as good as one another but in differing ways, Lambchop's sixth and seventh records play well alongside each other, and if Wagner keeps up this standard of writing everyday for the next few years, there'll be a hell of a box-set waiting for when they split.