Lambchop / Mr. M
Album: Mr. M   Collection:General
Artist:Lambchop   Added:Feb 2012
Label:Merge Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-02-12 Pull Date: 2012-04-15
Week Ending: Apr 15 Apr 8 Apr 1 Mar 25 Mar 11 Mar 4 Feb 26 Feb 19
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 3 4 2 4

Recent Airplay
1. May 08, 2024: Strum, Pick, and Thrash
Gone Tomorrow
4. Apr 30, 2015: The Sunset Life
Gone Tomorrow
2. Nov 11, 2021: Stranded at Settembrini's (rebroadcast from Oct 28, 2021)
Nice Without Mercy
5. Feb 19, 2015: The Sunset Life
3. Oct 28, 2021: Stranded at Settembrini's
Nice Without Mercy
6. Jan 08, 2015: Meow: The Best Of The Decade So Far (2010-2014).
Betty's Overture

Album Review
Reviewed 2012-02-07
Dedicating this album to the late Vic Chesnutt, Nashville-based, Americana/alt-country/hard-to-classify band Lambchop return with more strings and piano than ever. Open, complex strings with a reported focus on studio precision, production, and performance rather than band performance. Fun fact: originally titled "Mr. Met," but changed to avoid a lawsuit from the New York Mets. Loungey, laid back, tranquil, nostalgic, with the trademark deep voice of frontman Kurt Wagner amplifying those moods. Lyrical focus.

Sounds like cigarettes on a rainy afternoon, or "Barry White meets Wilco" as described by Adam, "psycho Sinatra" as described by advertising

1 (4:25) [FCC: Fuck] Dancing, lightly jazz piano, contemplative strings
2 (5:39) Slow, lightly distorted vocals, plucking guitars, touches of piano, sharp drumming. Spanish-influenced guitar, phone conversation at end
*3 (6:57) Optimistic-sounding, lightly upbeat. Strings weave in and out among piano and organ; instrumental second half
4 (7:10) Methodical; lead instruments and vocals alternate. Nice, grandiose string parts/what sounds like backing fem vox at select points
5 (5:28) Instrumental/wordless fem "ooh-ooohh"s, classic film score dreaming about "what if"
6 (5:47) Scratchy, quiet intro; phone voice samples. Quiet guitar, slow pace, yearning, almost mournful
*7 (5:21) On-point bass, high piano tones, lush strings, strong lyrics
*8 (3:19) Upbeat with extra deep vox, noisy but restrained guitar, echoey
9 (5:28) Piano/bass/strings with plucky country guitar, wavering vox
10 (3:21) Piano-driven overture, fem vox "ooooh." Paris in an American film
11 (3:01) Uncharacteristicly Lambchop love song. Short, sweet, strings

Track Listing
1. If Not I'll Just Die   6. Nice Without Mercy
2. 2b2   7. Buttons
3. Gone Tomorrow   8. The Good Life (Is Wasted)
4. Mr. Met   9. Kind Of
5. Gar   10. Betty's Overture
  11. Never My Love