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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00005Y1UG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Nashville's ever evolving group of musicians/friends known as Lambchop have been honing their craft for over 10 years now and are known for being the quietest 14 member band on the planet. "Is A Woman" is a subtly beautiful and haunting work of sparse melodies and emotionally rich storytelling, leaving aside the big band sould of their previous album, Nixon, for quieter piano-lounge-type arrangements.

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Is a Woman represents another reinvention for the ever-evolving Kurt Wagner and company: this time out they assume the sound of a late-night piano bar, and the results--utterly cool and completely irony-free--are thrilling. The songs are carried by pianist Tony Crow and stripped of their familiar brass and strings; Wagner's guitar is the primary rhythm instrument. Certain touchstones of Lambchop's sound remain--Paul Niehaus on steel guitar, Paul Burch on vibes, Deanna Varagona on baritone sax--but they appear infrequently, and in shadowy form. Throughout, Wagner's clipped phrasing and brilliant, confounding lyrics are the focus; his vocals are front and center, dredged up out of the orchestral bed that buried them on recent discs, and entirely forsaking falsetto. This may not be soul music--at least not in the Memphis-sound sense of that word that applied to the band's preceding albums, Nixon and What Another Man Spills--but it is deeply soulful. --Anders Smith Lindall

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It was on repeat all day long when I first got the album!
T. Maldonado
Close to every cut on the album incorporates a diverse selection of instruments performed at a cultured level creating a layered mood piece.
Will Owen
Kurt Wagner was singing in a much higher register and 'Nixon' was full of a gorgeous, glacial soul.
C.C.TURNER

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C.C.TURNER on March 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Lambchop when Radio 1's Evening Session picked up on 'The Man Who Loved Beer' back in '95. It was a beautiful, maudlin almost wounded song which sounded like country music after several million years of evolution. Since then they have been categorised with the alt.country or the Americana movement.
Their last album, 'Nixon' was their masterpiece and was clearly a move away from any kind of country influences. Kurt Wagner was singing in a much higher register and 'Nixon' was full of a gorgeous, glacial soul.
The new album 'Is A Woman' has received some mixed reviews. It is very different from anything they have done before. There are no traces of country and really very few obvious contemporary comparisons. The songs are pretty much all one paced, there are no radio songs, although the title track does chug up a gear half way through. And yet from the first moments of 'The Daily Growl' you feel overcome with awe at this beautiful record. Listening to 'Is A Woman' is like sinking back into velvet cushions and being bathed in bliss.
Lambchop are known for an ever-expanding line-up - heading towards 20 at the latest count - and yet this is an apparently simple record with delicate, minimal instrumentation. The secret surely is that four people in a band make pop music, Lambchop have created a modern symphony.
'Is A Woman' is an astonishing, refreshing, life-affirming work. It is so good it makes 'Nixon' look ordinary. It's hard to single out any track, they are all so obviously parts of a greater whole and the whole is seamless.
This is not alt.country or any other type of country, they'll have to invent a whole new genre for this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "fcux3" on April 16, 2002
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Another Nixon? Certainly not. The band has deliberately set out to make this a quiet record, and have dispensed with the grandeur that Nixon celebrates. No less magnificent, Is a Woman refrains from its predecessors orchestral splendour, and finds a new sumptuousness in Wagner's rich, gravely tones, accompanied by complimentary but unobtrusive piano and guitar harmonies, This is a side of Lambchop not heard as yet there is no trace of their early country influence it in places more closely follows the blues tradition. Imagine one man at a piano, singing idle reflections, in a dimly-lit bar, as you listen to Wagner tease and caress every word and syllable in his melancholic, yet strangely reassuring way.
The songs pay homage to life's poignant simplicities, with gentle witticisms and lovable self-deprecations. From the obscure to the discernable, this is largely an observational album, of the self and others (note the detectable reference to Vic Chestnutt in Autumns Vicar), life and everything. Is Lambchop a woman? Some might say so, with this exploration of their more delicate, sensitive side. Particularly stunning tracks include the most charming My Blue Wave (when the dog gives you the paw), the wonderfully humorous I Can Hardly Spell My Name, and the gorgeous title track, Is a Woman, with its uplifting reggae twist as climax.
Whether the magic lies in their rustic timbre, Wagner's resonant vocals, or the lyrical beauty of the music, this is a gem. Sit back, and let Is a Woman work its spell on you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Avoid categorizing this music and simply accept it on it's own terms. This is neither mood music or country music. It IS quiet, but also extremely compelling. The melodies engage you and the spare arrangements draw you in. I am not sure what to tell you it sounds like, but I CAN say that I cannot stop listening to it. It feels intimate and stays with you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Stevens on December 10, 2003
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Lambchop is by far one of the most talented musicians around, and this is some of his best work. Every song takes you away to the deepest, darkest places. I never get tired of listening to it. Beautiful. A Masterpiece!!! Highly reccommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Guy De Federicis on May 28, 2002
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Exploring the dark psyche that is Lambchop's "Is A Woman", I have to ask, like David Letterman, "Is this anything?". Kurt Wagner's inspiring bizarre lyrics sound like they will be the last words spoken from a dying man into an empty amplified drinking glass. The brooding often beautiful and odd music creates a soothing trance-like effect as comforting as a lullaby and as menacing as The Pied Piper of Hamlin coaxing rats from the city. Is this anything? Yes, but exactly what besides beautiful and bizarre, may require a few more spins on the disc player.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott on October 25, 2003
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A stunning, subtle, beautifully dreamy album. Much better than Nixon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2002
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Just when you think there's no way that Lambchop can turn down the volume again, along comes 'Is A Woman', a release that makes prior Lambchop CDs sound positively deafening. Stripped of many of the atmospherics, the songs are left to stand on their own and they deliver. Kurt Wagner continues to orchestrate beautiful arrangements and his voice is front and center here (no falsetto). Turn up the volume on your hi-fi to appreciate its nuances.
This CD had me hooked from the opener The Daily Growl. While most Lambchop releases are somewhat grounded in a country dynamic (with the exception of the disappointing 'Nixon'), 'Is A Woman' is basically piano and strummed guitar-based. Very lounge-like. Not exactly a new direction, but each of Lambchop's releases have been something of a departure from the one before it. Those who complain that it doesn't sound like 'Nixon' just don't get what this band is all about.
Flick, The Old Matchbook Trick, The New Cobweb Summer and Bugs can take their place among Lambchop's best songs. This is one of their best releases--maybe a notch below 'What Another Man Spills' and 'How I Quit Smoking.'
Listeners whose favorite Lambchop CD is 'Nixon', will likely be disappointed that Wagner and Company chose not to continue the string-laden arrangements that dominated that release.
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