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Is a Woman [Lambchop] [CD] [1 disc]
1. Daily Growl, The
2. New Cobweb Summer, The
3. My Blue Wave
4. I Can Hardly Spell My Name
5. Autumn's Vicar
8. D. Scott Parsley
10. Old Matchbook Trick, The
11. Is a Woman
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 504
Kurt Wagner; Mark Nevers
Marc Lacuesta; Mark Nevers
Lambchop includes: Kurt Wagner (vocals, guitar, keyboards, Moog synthesizer).
Recorded at Quad Studio, The Groove Room, and Sound Emporium, Nashville, Tennessee between January and July 2001.
Personnel: Marky (guitar, electric guitar); Tyler, A-Lex (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Deanna (baritone saxophone); Allen Lowrey (drums, percussion); The Girls (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Mark Nevers.
Recording information: Quad Studios, Nashville, TN (01/2001-07/2001); Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN (01/2001-07/2001); The Groove Room, Nashville, TN (01/2001-07/2001); Wedgetone, Nashville, TN (01/2001-07/2001).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Tyler; Marky.
Their sixth album in eight years finds Lambchop weaving ever more intricate tapestries in their luxuriously unfolding music. Kurt Wagner's vocals exude confidence with such subtle passion that they creep up on you, revealing more with every listen. There are wonderfully rich juxtapositions in IS A WOMAN's production, as quiet horns and occasional strings blend with steel guitar and massed electric guitars, but never sound any louder than a small combo. This is particularly notable as there are over a dozen members in this troupe.
This time out the songs are based more on a foundation of piano than before. A core of eight or nine members recorded the basics live in the studio, with other layers being added later. The arrangements are always in service to the songs, where each small movement matters. Lambchop are an orchestral combo in the truest sense, without being anything like a traditional orchestra. With IS A WOMAN they achieve a new level of intimacy; love and beauty are the substance of both the songs and the sound.
Rolling Stone (3/14/02, p.72) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...Homey and livable - life without coffee. Not your average pop pleasure; not your average pop band."
Spin (3/02, pp.134-136) - 6 out of 10 - "...playing fast and loose with country, indie, and soul....replacing song-craft with baroque digressions..."
Uncut (1/03, p.94) - Ranked #6 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year" - "...Another American classic..."
Alternative Press (5/02, p.88) - 8 out of 10 - "...Clever, literate and pretty..."
The Wire (2/02, p.63) - "...A more personal set of songs that have been minimally constructed and designed for a smaller group of musicians....a record that urges you tolean closer to the speakers to fully hear everything that is being played and sung..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[D]etails lift out with cumulative power....Pure quality."
Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.76) - Ranked #40 in Mojo's "Best Albums of 2002"
Mojo (Publisher) (3/02, p.101) - "...Each play of the CD reveals a new hook, a tiny flourish or a whispered vocal/lyrical cadence. These gradual pleasures fly in the face of today's pop/rock hard-sell....It's a place of warmth, beauty and humanity..."
NME (Magazine) (2/23/02, p.34) - 8 out of 10 - "...A brave and curious record....that rarest of things - a record that makes the wild and dramatic seem strangely limited..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Kurt's songs were poised between whimsical reflection and grim tragedy."
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