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  • Audio CD (22 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cd Listening Bar Ieg
  • ASIN: B000E112NO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Loudon's early albums offer many delights but Album II may even pip his other early classics 'Loudon Wainwright III' and 'Attempted Moustache'. Here we see Loudo tampering with the folk format with original intriguing songs. Less self-referential than Loudon's other records (i feel anyway) it has it's share of classics, Motel Blues and Saw Your Name In The Paper look at fame in a touching light, lacking Loudon's usual acidic wit but making up for it in sweetness. Be Careful There's A Baby In The House and Me & My Friend The Cat are enigmatic puzzlers. There's humour too in Loudon's Suicide Song and Nice Jewish Girls. This record really does pose the question why is Loudon not a huge star? If you are viewing this out of curiosity from either Rufus or Martha's great recordings have no worries about buying this great record.
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I first heard Motel Blues on the New Age of Atlantic sampler album in 1973 and went straight out and bought Album II. I was glad I did. It is a brilliant album. It was recorded before Dead Skunk became a hit and turned Loudon's career toward the humorous side. Most of the songs on this album are serious. Apart from Motel Blues, which knocked me for six when I heard it, Saw Your Name In The Paper is a cracker. It's about Liza Minelli, next door to whom Loudon Wainwright grew up. There are some incisive lines 'Take the money, take the love, take all the people give, the people all are dying but somehow you help them live. The people will destroy you, their love will turn to hate. But now you scratch at that itch that's grown so great.' The life of a star.

My favourite song on the album, though, is Me and My Friend The Cat. I think it's about meeting an old acquaintance whom you really don't want to talk to but end up reminiscing with and hating every moment: 'We talked about this, about that, we tallked together, the blubber was bit, it gagged in our throats, out foamed a fit.' All this spit out with a huge amount of vitriolic power and the guitar probably knocked out of tune by the end. Great stuff.

I recommend this album very highly. There is only one problem with it and that is that in these days of CDs lasting 60 minutes and more it is only about 32 minutes long. A few extras could have been thrown in, I reckon. Never mind. It's still worth it.
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like nick cave, don mclean and so many others, loudon could be incredibly inconsistent and therefore frustrating with his records, with the average always outweighing the great but making all his albums worth finding cos you just know that SOMEWHERE youre gonna find a song that makes it all worthwhile! - this album, along with 'history' is probably his most consistent offering. i always prefer loudon when he stays in the quieter, more serious zones, and theres a couple here that show him at his very best.
'motel blues' seems humourous at first but is in fact a quite lonely little tale. the 3-part 'i know im happy/suicide song/glenville reel thing is great songwriting, with only the third slightly letting the mood down. 'suicide song' itself is a real desperate little number which fits its title very well. the highlight for me though is 'old friend' which paints a vivid picture of time going by and values changing. at his best, loudon is definately in the premier division of singer/songwriters, though it is incredibly frustrating dealing with his albums looking for the great numbers. some of his albums have no such great numbers, but you just gotta keep looking cos when they come along theyre well worth it! this album is the best place to start if you wanna check the man out
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Dec. 2013
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This remains fresh over 40 years on. There are some enduring songs here like Motel Blues and Be Careful There's A Baby In The House and plenty of the wry, witty, incisive and sometimes self-excoriating lyrics which have made Loudon Wainwright one of the best singer-songwriters of my generation.

I admit that I have a special affection for this album and for Album I because I spent more pocket money than I could afford on the albums in 1970 and then 1971, went to see him when he toured the UK for the first time a short while later and still have my signed vinyl copies from that time. Even allowing for that, they are both very good albums still and I would recommend them not only to those who like LWIII but to anyone who appreciates a good song, well sung.
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... and I loved it - so when I was thinking of getting a CD of his I thought I'd listen to some more recent stuff. It doesn't hold up against this early stuff from his second album. Simple acoustic country blues with beautifully percieved lyrics, great tongue in the cheek humour and a full sense of the man playing live. I love it.

Everyone then was described as 'the new Dylan' but in Loudon's case there's more justification in the cliche than usual. It doesn't have that edgy cynicism or folksy rhythm - it's from different roots - but wholly relevant and listenable none the less. Everyone a gem. If I was compiling a "Best of" album these would all be the tracks on it.
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