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Definitely not D.I.S.C.O,
This review is from: Is a Woman (Audio CD)
In a shock move which I doubt anyone saw coming Lambchop have partially metamorphosised into My Bloody valentine. Simple repeated motifs surrounded by warm, hazy instrumentation and vocals which complement rather than lead the music is certainly not what one would expect after listening to "Nixon". Indeed, I think I would have been less taken aback if Lambchop had completely eschewed their country roots and recorded a full-blown disco stomper.
So, probably much like everyone else who bought "Is A Woman" I was more than a little disorientated upon my first hearing and, dare I say it, I didn't like it. All the songs sounded the same, both in terms of melody and instrumentation, and all the background electronica stank of forced indie-ness. But, however, note that I use the past tense, for this album isn't so much a grower as an uprooter. I now love the way the ambient whines and howls offset the delicate piano and Kurt Wagner's wonderfully understated percussive guitar playing. Whilst originally I saw this album as little better than chill-out music I now marvel at how such soothing music can be simultaneously unsettling (in a nice way).
The only problem with this rapid change of direction is that it's likely to be changed again, and we won't get another set of songs like it.