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"At its heart, Nixon is an album fascinated by the world at its most fallible and ordinary." --Pitchfork, Best New Reissue

"one of the truly classic albums of the past several decades" —Popmatters

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 8, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00003XA9R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Old Gold Shoe
2. Grumpus
3. You Masculine You
4. Up With People
5. Nashville Parent
6. What Else Could It Be?
7. The Distance From Her To There
8. The Book I Haven't Read
9. The Petrified Florist
10. The Butcher Boy

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There's an unspoken rule in rock music that the more musicians added to a band, the worse the group gets. Yet, there is always the band that breaks the rule. Nashville's Lambchop are currently riding with 13 members these days and everyone of them is essential to constructing the endless variety of sounds. They've even added the Nashville String Machine and a choir to their already overloaded crew. Their fifth album, Nixon, is the greatest actualization of their sound to date. At times, it recalls lush romantic movie music ("You Masculine You," "Nashville Parent"), at times perfect late-'60s, early-'70s Philly soul ("What Else Could It Be?") or dreamy countrypolitan ("The Distance from Her to There"); but no matter, it is always ensemble playing of great empathy and support. Singer-songwriter Kurt Wagner expresses clever joy and gentle sadness, but with punch-drunk horns and Westernly pedal steels sweeping like tumbleweeds, it's easier to just get caught in the sway and go with it. --Rob O'Connor

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I argue that Black Sabbath's first album is one of the best soul albums ever made.
listentothebeat
The musical arrangements on this CD are outstanding; lush melodies comprised of 'loungey' guitar and horns, vibrant strings and a wonderful backing vocals.
Luke Johannsson
It is hard not to and difficult to find songs with lyrics which will let you come down faster and keep you in a lighter mood at the same time.
Deven Gadula

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Edwards on March 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Like Nixon's presidency, this album has received a mixed response. Some magazines hailed Lambchop's fifth effort as the countrified rebirth of Curtis Mayfield, while others damned it as 2000's latest conceptual folly (file under Radiohead). Taking sides, the preachers are right and the damners are the fools, because forty-something Kurt Wagner has produced one of the few genuinely soulful albums of the past decade. He and his increasingly large band may be living in Nashville, but Nixon goes way beyond the limitations that city has imposed on country music. `Grumpus', `The Old Gold Shoe' and `The Book I Haven't Read' are as good as anything from the Stax songbooks: relaxed, laid-back gems from a man who seems as comfortable with his day-time job of floor-laying as he is with his night-time occupation as Nashville's most overlooked. It is on `Up with People', though, a contender for the best song of last year, that Nixon crosses into genius territory. A slow rhythm gradually builds into a choral arrangement into which Lambchop proclaim that they `are screwing up our lives today', and make it sould like it's the best possible thing one could be doing with your life. Play the song in the morning before going to work, or after listening to an album by Arab Strap. Then play it again. Then play the rest of the album. Then buy it again, because it really is that good. Five stars for the coolest, most soulful and most beautiful album to come from Nashville in years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Doig on July 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As the measured tones of opener 'The Old Gold Shoe' begin one quickly realizes that, like the painting on the cover, this is a work of real astonishment and wonder and for newcomers (like me) it feels shrouded in mystery. It's easy to get caught up in the hype surrounding this album, but it does appear justified. Kurt Wagner has touched on something brilliant here, and he knows it. 'Nixon' is a remarkably original and inventive album, that while breaking new ground also remembers to please with some great songwriting. 'Grumpus' unexpectedly brings 70's soul to the table and utilizes Wagner's falsetto to great effect, while 'Up With People' is a catchy call and response gospel number. It's on 'You Masculine You' however that an undeniable magic occurs; a wonderful, soulful song sung with conviction that climaxes with Wagner's aching falsetto again and lush instrumentation swelling to overflow. Somewhere, god-willing, Curtis Mayfield will be smiling with approval. For me, the second half of "Nixon' while good, doesn't keep the pace set by the first handful of songs, 'The Petrified Florist' and 'The Butcher Boy' could have been stronger closers in order to send 'Nixon' over the top. A deflating end where it could have been a puctuation mark. Nevertheless, 'Nixon' is a grand achievement and is worth the price of admission for 'You Masculine You' alone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By leopold bloom on February 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Don't be fooled when Lambchop call themselves a "country" band. The twangy vocals and pedal-steel guitars are less evident than on "What Another Man Spills." What you have instead is a lush, gorgeous Philly-soul influenced groove thing, complete with Kurt Wagner's falsetto and a full string section on most tracks. And the audacious gospelly groove of "Up With People": a chorus (not unlike one that the actual Up With People might use), singing cheerfully, "we are screwing / up our lives today!" Modern day ensemble alterna-goulash at its best.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2000
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I'm a Lambchop fan, so I had already planned on acquiring "Nixon". I hastened my purchase after reading the gushing reviews (especially those in the UK) about it. Well, to quote an earlier Lambchop tune: "Oh, What A Disappointment". I DO admire the band's ambition - "Nixon" is sonically a wonder, the arrangements, stunning - by far the best sounding Lambchop album yet released. But unfortunately the slickness of the production has weakened the directness of the songs - there's not the immediacy of a, say, "I Will Drive Slowly". It appears that at times Lambchop doesn't know what it wants to do or be. In my opinion, the results are a bit disjointed. Maybe it's my pet peeve, but I don't need another middle-class white band trying to redefine "soul" music. "Nixon" comes off as a po-faced replica of Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. The album is basically a pastiche, no matter how lovingly Lambchop treasure their influences. On a less constructive note, Kurt Wagner's falsetto is truly hideous. He has neither the range or the ability to pull it off. Instead of sounding like a sexy ladies man, his raspy squeaking more closely resembles that of a famous, porcine muppet. Like it's namesake,"Nixon" has failed in its mission and has left behind what I consider a flawed record.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Off the scale...
Okay I guess I'm a Lambchop fan and I loved the last album but this one has really blown me away. What I can't understand is how some other reviewers only give it 4 stars - as far as I'm concerned 'Nixon' is off the scale. Alright I know I'm gushing...this CD will make you want to call over all your neighbours and friends, and make them listen to this beautiful music - sure it won't actually solve world hunger but while it's playing it seems like everything is okay for once on this planet of ours. Let me be objective -yes it's less country more soulful and funky but ultimately it has all the classic 'chop ingredients..cool songs, fantastic arrangements, exquisite playing - and get this ..on this album the band have really raised their game in every department. It really is a flawless record. And whatever about your end of year lists, if this isn't good enough to get on the end of decade list then the next ten years will really be the golden age of rock. C'mon progeny!
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