10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Songs, Nice Production, Neat Playing.,
This review is from: Damaged (Audio CD)
The new Lambchop album kind of crept up on me, maybe Lambchop aren't getting the same publicity as they did in the "Nixon" days or maybe I'm getting out of the loop. Anyway, it was a nice suprise to see this on the shelves at my local music store. It was apparantly written under the influence of numerous health problems and even a cancer scare, hence the title "Damaged". Lyrically this is a very strong album, with frontman Kurt Wagner yet again proving himself as one the strongest songwriters around at the moment. This is helped by a really good mix which allows you to hear the words pretty clearly, which wasn't always the case on the last lambchop album, perhaps Kurt was particularly proud of his Lyrics for "Damaged".
As well as he should be, most of the songs on the album are sort of story based, or at least create a snapshot of a moment in the characters life. His feel for characters and sittuations seems very "real" and his writing reminds me for some reason of Douglas Coupland novels, perhaps because he is writing about mundane things in a beautiful way. Paberback Bible, for example, is taken pretty much word for word from a Tennessee radio show, Swap Shop on which customers would phone in to buy and sell everyday objects.
The sound on this album is, for the most part, pretty sedate. It's not what you would really describe as "catchy" but the laid back pace, atmospheric lead guitar and beguiling string parts certainly have a way of drawing you in. I find "the rise and fall of the letter P" to be paricularly melodically strong, with a really nice lead guitar part on the second verse and "I would have waited here all day" has a really nice horn section, it kind of sounds like a classic funk song slowed down to the usual Lambchop pace!
This album is definately a continuation of the high Lambchop standard, and some fans who found their recent double album a bit meandering will probably be won back over as this album is definately more focused.