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Stately Country and Lush Instrumentals,
This review is from: Aw C'Mon! No You C'Mon! (Audio CD)
I first encountered Lambchop, as is the case with many listeners, some time shortly after the release of the great Nixon album. Being a fan of both Country and soul/funk fan in general, and a huge Curtis Mayfield fan in particular, the recordings on this album totally astounded me. I was lucky enough to see Kurt Wagner play a solo acoustic set about six months or so before "Is A Woman" came out. It was then I realised that there were more sides to Lambchop than I had heard on Nixon. When "Is A Woman" finally came out I didn't know what to make of it at first. I loved certain songs but it took me quite a few listens before I warmed to it as an album but eventually I began to really love it and even went to see Lambchop when they toured the album with the full band.
"Aw Come On!/No You Come On!" was a similar experience with me. Initially I found the two albums very pleasant but didn't feel the compulsion to play the albums again and again. Then I heard Lambchop were doing a really cool gig in Edinburgh. At some point in the recent past they had been commisioned to write a film score for F.W. Murnau's silent masterpiece "Sunrise", and there was going to be a screening of a restored version of the film with Lambchop providing a live score. As I really liked the film, was well disposed to Lambchop, and the whole concept of a live film score really appealed to me, I thought I'd give it a go. It was a revelation. I'd twigged that the instrumental "Sunrise" would be involved somehow but I hadn't realised that "Aw Come On..." was in a large part made up from songs prepared for this project, I'd for some reason presumed that the soundtrack would be entirely instrumental. I was pleasantly suprised to hear tracks like "Nothing Adventerous Please"(which was really rocking live)and "The Gusher" providing an aural backdrop to the beautifully composed images on the screen.
Since then "Aw Come on!/No you Come on!" has clocked a respectable amount of listens and has become a bit of a favourite. It really does have a wealth of top tunes on it. Low Ambition, with it's great piano melody, ridiculously atmospheric layered guitars and neatly oblique lyrics. "Shang a Dang Dang" is ridiculously catchy and infectious despite the fact you can't hear what Kurt is singing. My best guess is "shang a dang dang, I'm a two-tone duck, yeah!". "Nothing But A Blur From A Bullet Train" is a great song with a really great string arrangement and paints a beautiful picture, only complaint is the vocals could be higher in the mix particularly as the lyrics are so good.
The quality control applied to these cd appears to have been very high, as there are remarkable few tracks that aren't at least approaching excellence, no mean feat on a double album. Even the preponderance of Instrumentals which initially just washed over me, have really begun to grow on me. "Sunrise" is a great piece of music and it's a really great performance, particularly the pedal steel. "The Lone Official" is pretty damn good too, particular the rythme guitar intro. It's just a shame that the film "Sunrise" hasn't been realised on Dvd with Lambchops soundtrack accompanying it. Perhaps amazon could do an exclusive version with 5.1 dolby soundtrack.