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Nixon

February 8, 2000

$9.49
  Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
The Old Gold Shoe
6:21
2
Grumpus
4:19
3
You Masculine You
5:59
4
Up With People
5:59
5
Nashville Parent
5:38
6
What Else Could It Be?
3:38
7
Distance From Her To There
4:20
8
The Book I Haven't Read
5:44
9
The Petrified Florist
4:52
10
The Butcher Boy
2:54


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 8, 2000
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Total Length: 49:44
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000U7XTBA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,469 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too cool for Nashville 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
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars that lounge soul with strings thang 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The groove February 9, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I should say the the only reason this hasn't gotten five stars is because I've only listened to it a couple times so far. It's great though. If you've liked past Lambchop albums, you will not be disappointed. They are moving further away from the Jack's Tulips/How I Quit Smoking days. There is more of a soul feeling on this record and some songs would fit perfectly on a Marvin Gaye record. It's pretty strings heavy, which is great. It all just sounds very lush. I couldn't help but smile as I listened to this record and drove home from work. It makes great driving music. I have tickets to see them in a couple weeks and, having seen them before, I highly recommend their live show.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Troubled Administration April 10, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reissue of one of the '00's best albums
Upfront bias... Lambchop is my favorite band and this is the band at the peak of it's powers. This is the seminal band with William Tyler doing amazing work. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MT
5.0 out of 5 stars 'painfull southern bliss'
The music of Lambchop from Nashville Tennessee provides an unique and appropriate atmosphere not only to the vocal lines of Kurt Wagner its main creative force, but to all of us... Read more
Published on December 7, 2009 by Deven Gadula
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing atmospheric rock
This brilliant disc blew my mind when i first heard it. Great atmospheric sounds and slow rock attitude. The best that Lambchop has done and a great intro to the band. Read more
Published on January 16, 2004 by E. E. Seiler III
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than the actual presidency
This is possibly the worst CD I've ever heard -- and I own the piece of ... that Bruce Willis put out. Read more
Published on May 12, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A newbie's thoughts on Lambchop..........
How to describe Lambchop? It isn't easy. On this album they kinda sound like a soul/country/indie/jazz band. Read more
Published on April 21, 2003 by J.M. Savory
5.0 out of 5 stars You might like it as much as I do, unless you don't.
This is one of those rare discs that puts me in touch with the natural passion I have for music in this lifetime. Read more
Published on April 18, 2002 by Arise Therefore
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give zero stars
I really enjoyed this CD, until my boyfriend informed me it was NOT intended to be humorous.
Between the unimaginative melodies, senseless lyrics, the over-used glockenspiel... Read more
Published on April 4, 2002 by crimson-moon
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful. beautiful. magnificent.
I don't quite get the Richard M. Nixon connexion; probably because I haven't done the requisite research. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful album. A beautiful, magnificent album. Read more
Published on July 25, 2001 by Jonathan Rimorin
4.0 out of 5 stars I COULD GO FOR SOME
Southern Fried Lamb alternative country that is more a nod to the soulful rhythm and blues records which dominated popular music in the late 60s and 70s. Read more
Published on June 27, 2001 by Guy De Federicis
3.0 out of 5 stars Good.....but lose the falsetto.
I discovered Lampchop last year through "How I Quit Smoking." How did this band get under my radar for so long? Read more
Published on June 11, 2001
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