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OH (Ohio) [PA] [Digipak]

  • 1. Ohio
    2. Slipped Dissolved and Loosed
    3. I'm Thinking of a Number
    4. National Talk Like a Pirate Day
    5. Hold of You, A
    6. Sharing a Gibson with Martin Luther King, Jr.
    7. Of Raymond
    8. Please Rise
    9. Popeye
    10. Close Up and Personal
    11. I Believe in You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 50335

  • Credits
    ProducerMark Nevers; Roger Moutenot
    EngineerMark Nevers; Roger Moutenot

    Personnel: Kurt Wagner (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ryan Norris (guitar, prepared piano, organ, vibraphone, electronics, loops); Alex McManus, William Tyler (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Denis Solee (woodwinds); Roy Agee (trombone); Tony Crow (piano, Wurlitzer organ, synthesizer); Scott Martin (synthesizer, drums, percussion); Jonathan Marx (electronics); Marty Slayton (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Mark Nevers.
    Recording information: Beech House; Haptown; House Of David.
    Nashville's Lambchop are the coal in the center of Music City's golden heart. The music that Kurt Wagner and company have been creating for well over a decade embodies the rough, cold feel of an early morning after a long, desperate night. Considering the national hangover circa 2008, it's not surprising that subtle political content pops up at regular intervals throughout OH (OHIO). Which is not to accuse Lambchop of going all protest-folk on us, either. The easy, tarnished gold of songs like "Slipped Dissolved and Loosed" actually has more in common with the tender masculine storytelling of early Kris Kristofferson or the weird-voiced Dylan of NASHVILLE SKYLINE or even the melancholic twang of 1970s Walker Brothers reunion albums. The entire album is a study in restraint, whether in Wagner's deep, limited croon or the way the guitars are satisfied to just whisper.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.96) - "OH (OHIO)'s languid chamber folk murmurs as expected, with Wagner sketching vivid relationship dramas like a master painter."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "Chief Lambchopper Kurt Wagner's magpie tendencies are fully displayed on the band's lovely 10th proper album."
    Magnet (pp.106-110) - "OH is like listening to one long, quiet conversation where Wagner tells us his secrets."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Ohio' (the title track) opens with a borderline bossa nova swish; a couple of tunes have seductive female backing vocals, while on 'Of Raymond' one exquisite lick of brass sends out enough light to illuminate the whole record."
    Blender (Magazine) (p.75) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "For his 10th album, Wagner strips his band down to seven core members, going for an intimate, live-in-the-room feel."
    Clash (magazine) (p.113) - "Utilizing the talents of not one but two producers, Wagner and Co. have conspired to create yet another potent slice of Americana. With typically surreal lyrics, Lambchop seem capable of slicing straight to the heart..."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "OH (OHIO) sits in Lambchop's always impressive canon comfortably, perfectly balanced and meticulously well thought out."
    Uncut (magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Wagner remains stage centre, unfurling his cryptic, witty, wise observations with all the womb-like warmth you might expect..."
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