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Nixon [Lambchop] [CD] [1 disc]
1. Old Gold Shoe, The
3. You Masculine You
4. Up With People
5. Nashville Parents
6. What Else Could It Be?
7. Distance from Her to There, The
8. Book I Haven't Read, The
9. Petrified Florist, The
10. Butcher Boy, The
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 175
Kurt Wagner; Mark Nevers
Brian Miles; Dennis Cronin; Mark Nevers
Lambchop: Kurt Wagner (vocals, guitar, Juno keyboards); Paul Niehaus (electric & pedal steel guitars, background vocals); Mark Nevers, Alex McManus (guitar); Deanna Varagona (baritone saxophone, background vocals); Dennis Cronin (trumpet, cornet, background vocals); Jonathan Marx (trumpet, background vocals); John Delworth (acoustic & Fender Rhodes pianos, Hammond B-3 organ, Juno keyboard); Paul Burch Jr. (vibraphone); Marc Trovillion (bass); Allen Lowrey (drums); C. Scott Chase (percussion).
Additional personnel: Paul Booker (guitar); Tony Crow (piano); Matt Bach (bass); Ken Coomer (percussion); The Nashville String Machine.
Recorded at Sound Emporium, Studio 19 & The Beech House. Nashville, Tennessee.
Personnel: Kurt Wagner (vocals, guitar); Deanna Varagona (vocals, baritone saxophone, background vocals); Dennis Cronin (vocals, trumpet, cornet, background vocals); Jonathan Marx (vocals, trumpet, background vocals); Paul Niehaus (vocals); Mark Nevers (guitar, electric guitar); Paula James Booker, Alex McManus (electric guitar); The Nashville String Machine (strings); John Delworth, Tony Crow (piano); Matt Swanson (bass guitar); Allen Lowrey (drums); Ken Coomer (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Kurt Wagner; Mark Nevers.
Recording information: Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN; Studio 19, Nashville, TN; The Beech House Studio 19, Nashville, TN.
Editor: Brady Barnett.
Arrangers: Lambchop; Lloyd Barry.
Lambchop's NIXON is as wonderfully hard to figure out as anything that the inimitable 13-piece Nashville collective has yet issued. Gone, for the most part, are the august pedal-steel-driven soundscapes that categorized this album's predecessor. Instead, Kurt Wagner and company flesh out the funk and soul that first peaked through on WHAT ANOTHER MAN SPILLS.
NIXON carries on a loose association with the 37th President of the United States. The album-opening "The Old Gold Shoe" broaches the subject of legacy, while "Up With People" finds its inspiration in the proselytizing youth group of the same name that came to prominence during the Nixon administration. There's even a suggested reading list of Richard Nixon biographies in the disc's booklet. Instrumentally, the group pulls out all the stops, blending arena-rock outros, horns that mimic the music of John Phillip Sousa and Kool & the Gang with equal aplomb, a female backing chorus that recalls Pink Floyd at its most turgid, blaxploitation strings, and gurgling synth lines to glorious effect. Wagner revels deliriously in his postmodern soul-man role, layering the Curtis Mayfiled-inspired "What Else Could it Be" with high-pitched "la-la-las" and "hoo-hoos" and closing out the track with a sincere "awww, c'mere sugah."
Rolling Stone (3/2/00, p.99) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...They're a little bit o' twang with a pinch of soul, a mini-orchestra that plays with the attitude of Salvation Army buskers and the chops of an indie-rock band....both profound and affectingly universal..."
Spin (5/00, p.158) - 9 out of 10 - "...Music that gently rattles the heavens....simple homilies...with so much beauty that they don't suggest a forgotten, mythical America so much as an overlooked workaday one..."
Q (1/01, p.93) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".
Q (3/00, p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...accessible, clever and full of a rare integrity."
Uncut (p.104) - "All serious stuff, but the genius of Lambchop -- perfected here -- is the way the melodies rub balm into the pain."
Uncut (3/00, pp.73-4) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...NIXON is unequivocally the best example so far of what it is that they do that makes them so unique....One of the first great records of the new millennium..."
Alternative Press (5/00, p.93) - 3 out of 5 - "...Fascinating....drawing on the everyday minutiae that informed their previous LP's..."
Magnet (4-5/00, p.80) - "...NIXON is eccentric, exuberant and, ultimately, essential..."
CMJ (2/14/00, p.18) - "...booms with disco-tinged violin suites and a few genuinely funkified R&B numbers alongside understated and sinisterly clever tunes that are Wagner's trademark....interesting and playful..."
Melody Maker (2/8/00, p.47) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...consolidates mainman Kurt Wagner's position as one of the most innovative artists around..."
No Depression (3-4/00, p.112) - "...NIXON is wired up with primemoving, vintage Gibson guitar rendering Kurt Wagner's own version of country music....Lambchop try to constrain their smiles and just wink, but instrumentally they're as serious as thirteen heart attacks..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] restless masterpiece, 'The Old Gold Shoe' and 'Grumpus' tracing Wagner's strangely off-beat diurnal rhythms..."
Mojo (Publisher) (2/00, p.91) - "...[Kurt Wagner's] most romantic songs to date and also some of his bleakest....It's [Lambchop's] most fully realised record, the most perfect blend of their alt country roots and their obsession with soul..."
NME (Magazine) (12/30/00, p.78) - Ranked #13 in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year".
NME (Magazine) (2/5/00, p.28) - 9 out of 10 - "...their greatest album....an astonishing work....an alt-country PET SOUNDS....a swooning wonder, covered in glory."
Uncut (magazine) (p.102) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "What was ravishing in every detail 10 years ago is ravishing still."
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