Some good musicianship and some heartful songs don’t make this an easy journey. Mr. M is an honest but tough old ride.
...is a much better album than Nixon. Fact.
I too think Is a Woman is the actual Lambchop masterpiece (though Nixon is close). Doesn't sound like your much of a fan of this band who don't make bad albums. If this even comes close to following in the footsteps of OH or Damaged it will be great.
and I remember being at one of the 'tedious' Is A Woman gigs in Brighton and thinking that it was one of the best gigs I had ever been to. If the reviewer seriously thinks that Is A Woman is lacklustre then he frankly has no business reviewing Lambchop albums. May as well review Radiohead albums and moan that they don't sound like The Bends.
no you c'mon
Is probably under-rated but I'd still struggle to rate it higher than Nixon. Safe to say it's miles better than Mr M in any case.
"And here we are ten years on, still wondering if Lambchop have recaptured the soulful, string-drenched southern gothic Americana of Nixon, or have simply gone further down the path of quiet, insular reflection. Can new record Mr. M beat the cycle?"
Are we? Could have fooled me, but then I've just been enjoying all the excellent albums that have come since. Also, if you really think all the subsequent album are largely the same you've clearly not being paying attention. Migh I also suggest listening to the Live at Merge XX especially the second if you think they've lost the fire.
Not to mention that Nixon was like all Lambchop albums simply a snap shot in time, they'd recorded 4 previous (and the Hank ep) albums none of which sounded much like Nixon.
It is pretty much the same as whining about why Radiohead don't make records like The Bends/Ok Computer anymore, no one would take anyone seriously slagging off new Radiohead on that basis & I'd suggest anyone reading this take the same view.
Oh and if we're talking Lambchop masterpieces, 'What another man spills' for me, followed by Is a Woman, and Damaged is damm fine as well.
So now it is underrated, or is it lacklustre? Make up your mind. People slag off Pitchfork on DIS but at least they often seem to get people to review albums that actually like a band and not just their most commercially successful album. Nixon was actually quite an anomaly as in it sounded very different to what came before and what has come since. I don't know how the reviewing works on DIS but they are increasingly becoming a waste of time. Re-reading your review you actually seem to quite like the album but give it 5/10 based on the fact it is nothing like Nixon. I listened to it today and think it sounds great. I'm gonna buy it tomorrow. I am a Lambchop fan but if I thought it sounded crap I wouldn't buy it. Your clearly aren't (a Lambchop fan).
but totally agree with you. This review is complete crap, as are many reviews now on DIS sad to say. Just listening to The Decline Of The Country & Western Civilization, crap isn't it? Sounds nothing like Nixon ;-)