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Where does one go after death n decay? asks Loudon Wainwright, contemplating the genesis of his new LP, Haven t Got The Blues (Yet). The answer: Alternate side street parking, of course! The follow up to 2012 s acclaimed Older Than My Old Man Now is a 14-song, genre-busting collection of sharp, poignant songs about depression, drinking, senior citizenship, gun control, heartbreak, pet ownership and yes, New York City s arcane practice of alternate side parking.
Haven t Got The Blues (Yet) features fourteen original songs written by Loudon, and was produced by his long-time musical collaborator David Mansfield, who also backed Loudon on 2010s Grammy-winning High Wide & Handsome-The Charlie Poole Project. The new album also features banjo master Tony Trischka, saxophonist Steve Elson (David Bowie, Radiohead, Stevie Ray Vaughn), drummer Sammy Merendino (Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Lou Reed) and bassist Tim Luntzel (Rosanne Cash, Bright Eyes). In addition, Aofie O Donovan and Loudon s daughter Martha Wainwright lend backing vocals.
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  • Audio CD (September 9, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Savoy
  • ASIN: B00KBT876O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Sid Nuncius TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 9, 2014
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I agree wholeheartedly with the review here by Mr P.S. Rapaport - this is another excellent album from Loudon Wainwright. I have just a couple of personal things to add to Mr Rapaport's comprehensive comments.

Loudon Wainwright is a deceptively simple songwriter. He writes straightforward, singable tunes and lyrics which are often funny or quirky and this album is full of songs of this kind. However, they are all expertly crafted and often say serious important things - it's just that they do it with a wry smile and often a belly-laugh. I'll Be Killing You This Christmas, for example, is a song about mass killing and gun control...set to a classic sentimental Christmas tune and arrangement, which is both very funny and far more telling in its message than many earnest protest songs.

Loudon also often continues to reflect on ageing and relationships, often with a fine line in digs at himself. The quality of his lyrics continues to be phenomenal, the songs are superbly produced using a great band in a variety of styles which makes the album a great listen as a whole, and his voice and guitar work are excellent.

This is an album which I listen to with a smile on my face (and sometimes a genuine laugh) but which leaves me with lots to think about and mull over. As a fan of 40-plus years' standing I may be biased, but even allowing for that, this is a very good album indeed. My advice is to read Mr Rapaport's excellent review and snap the album up. It's a gem.
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They say every time you read/see/perform a Shakespeare play you discover something new in it - a fresh nuance, irony, meaning or other delight. The work of Loudon Wainwright is the closest parallel in contemporary music (although you could definitely also apply it to Dylan's oeuvre pre-'75, up to and including 'Blood On The Tracks'). And before everybody goes berserk, no I am not for a moment suggesting LWIII is a genius on the same scale as The Bard - or even His Royal Bobness! All I'm saying is that after thirty-odd years of listening to Loudon, I am still constantly finding new lyrical jewels.

And there's another bucketful in here. This new collection, a kind of sequel or sister-set to 2012's immaculate 'Older Than My Old Man Now', continues where that CD left off with yet more reflections on the personal conflicts, awkward practicalities and frustrations of creeping towards old age. If you think that sounds depressing or unappetising then think again: This is a beautifully observed, warm and supremely performed album, crammed full of wit, musical craft and variety. Every song is delivered with total conviction in a different style and arrangement - from the ballsy R'n'B of track (1) to trad' folk, country, blues and bluegrass. The man is simply a master-craftsman.

Whereas 'OTMOMN' was essentially a duets-set, this CD is pure golden solo Loudon, comparable to his greatest stuff from back in the day although admittedly now a touch slower and more reflective. But the songs are still incredibly insightful. Production is in the hands of long-time collaborator David Mansfield and the musicianship never less than superb.
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I am always amazed at the fact that when I order the newest Loudon disc he' is going to out do all the previous faves of mine. He is at the very least consistent in his ability to leave me wanting more and shocking me at my own ability to love his music more. Id argue with anyone that im his biggest fan! Great CD a must have !
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This is what you would expect from an aging Loudon Wainwright II. A great deal of self -deprecating humor-but its all good, especially if you are a decades long fan. He could have called this album "Still Crazy After All These Years" but Paul Simon already used that title. He also has written and sings a nice song to his daughter and sometimes accompanist.
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Loudon is a treasure - a world-class story teller who can turn a phrase and get the right music to put it to. A release by him is like a visit from an old friend - familiar, yet full of new stories to tell. This release is no different.

He is truly a great artist who has yet to reap the rewards he deserves. Give a listen and see if you don't agree.
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By Barklestork on September 16, 2014
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Loudon Wainwright III is in great form as a song-writer and performer. This album contains a range of musical styles performed with terrific arrangements. It begins with "Brand New Dance", which rocks it old-school, in the manner of Jerry Lee Lewis. There is a lively jazz number with a Cab Calloway vocal that evokes, perhaps, a jazz club in Paris in the 1940s. There are songs that are inspired by the world of early American folk music. All are performed with inventive lyrics that are sometimes serious and sincere, sometimes wickedly playful, sometimes quirky and beautifully tossed off. There are a couple of moments that have a discomforting sting. His relationship with his family has often been a source for his music, an example of this is the song "I Knew Your Mother", which seems to be a serious retort to his son Rufus, who, in a BBC radio interview (which is linked in Loudon's website) made some goading comments about his parents' relationship. That song is performed with charm and a somewhat playful tone. Loudon's vocal styles in the interpretations of his own songs are expressive. The one song he did not write, "Harmless", is beautifully, soaringly performed. The imaginatively illustrated booklet that is tucked into the CD sleeve contains the lyrics and liner notes, and was put together with care.
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