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Boring as hell,
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This review is from: Ohio [Limited Edition] (Audio CD)
Listened to OH (ohio) once, thought, 'Dull. Very dull. Better give it a second chance.'
Listened to it twice, thought, 'Damn! Why did I waste my money?'
I'm a seasoned lambchop fan, have most of their albums, like dozens of tracks off the early albums, loved Is A Woman and listened to it over a hundred times - so it's not as if I don't like quiet, thoughtful, contemplative songs with obscure lyrics...
...the praise Kurt Wagner has received for his recent discs has clearly gone to his head. The Damaged CD was ok but moving in the dull direction (and didn't improve when I saw him live) - and OH (ohio) trumps that. The tracks are all very, very samey and have little emotional charge. Even the cover of Leanard Cohen's Chelsea Hotel (which I was looking forward to as a Leonard Cohen fan) turns the song into a dull monologue. The lyrics are mumbled and difficult to understand - or, when clearer, just plain boring. There's not much in the way of melody.
My message to Kurt is: 'Even though you have a lovely voice and an interesting way with words - please don't forget that you also need to entertain your listener... We need SOME attempt at variety in the melody; SOME attempt at relevance in the lyrics, and SOME effort put into your delivery. A long and gentle warble is not quite enough.'
To other listeners: if you want some eccentric and interesting alt. country with a little bit of umph, try Giant Sand's latest: Provisions.