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This review is from: Older Than My Old Man Now (Audio CD)As Loudon Wainwright III gets older, his songs become more mature, thoughtful and spellbinding. And with Dick Connette producing, this album oozes real quality akin to the Grammy award winning The Charlie Poole Project ... but with the emphasis here entirely on Loudon rather than on Charlie.
This is a collection of outstanding, often moving, songs about growing older and family matters such as In C, Older Than My Old Man Now, All in a Family (listen out for Lucy Wainwright Roche's wonderful voice on this), Somebody Else and The Days That We Die (with Rufus Wainwright). A number of the songs feature passages written by Loudon's Dad as introductory recitations - and they fit perfectly into the overall context of the album. Whether the duet with Dame Edna Everage on I Remember Sex is really necessary is, however, open to question (but it's not a disaster).
I've no doubt that us older LW3 fans, who understand exactly what's going on in the album, will just love it.
By the way, if you play this on Windows Media Player, watch out - Media Player will likely tell you you're listening to the "Unrequited" album. You're not. You're into much deeper material on this one!
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Initial post: 2 May 2012 10:04:15 BDT
Ben Koerner says:
Good review Ronald, not sure why five people think otherwise ...
I don't quite share your enthusiasm, though - Loudon's best recordings seem to be well behind him now (History and Little Ship are both far better than this). And his unsleeping quest to somehow make things right with his children is really just a bore these days. Martha's BMFA and Rufus' success on a scale Loudon has dreamed of all his life are things he needs to accept - and be silent about.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 18:56:29 BDT
Sorry Ben don't agree. This is an absolute gem. I am not going to compare it with previous work because they all have a place for me. I'm not bored with his struggle to reconcile difficulties because its what we, many of us area also trying to do. The recitations from his father are very touching and well judged and demonstrate a profound generational link. The duet with Rufus is so lovely it made me cry on first listening and every one since. Its a brilliant album by a consumate genius , buy it. I guess if it doesnt resonate with you then you would be that rare happy self satisfied father that none of us ever had.
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