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on 3 December 2002
Lambchop are one of those bands that cannot be pigeonholed easily. They take their influences from many genres of music, the result being an explosion of various sounds focused to expressing one emotion at a time. Nixon is the album where this is most evident.
Kurt Wagner is a master songwriter, and knows just how to play on the emotions of his listeners. Nixon takes us down many different, intervening paths. The opening track 'The Old Gold Shoe" is an easy-paced relaxing number. From there the songs varied. 'Up With People' is bright and uplifting, whereas 'The Butcher Boy' much darker and celebrates a fascination with all thing morbid. Each track, however, complements each other to produce an work of essential listening for all music fans, no matter where your taste in music lays.
Lambchop's latest album, Is a Woman, is a far more focus, finely tuned affair. But it lacks the sense of mystery that makes this a winner. If Nixon was the album the band made to find their sound, and Is a Woman the result of that search, then we can say the journey was more rewarding than the goal.