It’s been nearly two decades since LAMBCHOP released its first album, at the time pronouncing itself “Nashville’s most fucked-up country band.” Provocative it may have been, but the description made sense: at the heart of all that ruckus was a band at once defying and embracing the musical legacy of its hometown. Since then, Lambchop has evolved into an accomplished ensemble, adding palpable depth and substance to singer-songwriter-guitarist KURT WAGNER’s songs—and the band sounds as commanding as ever on its 11th album, Mr. M, a collection of meditations on love and loss and the detritus of everyday existence. As on past Lambchop records, many of the songs on Mr. M are framed with lush strings, and there’s a restrained undercurrent of distortion and discord. The core of the music remains the cyclical picking of Wagner’s guitar and the soft, warm croaking of his voice. The songs are spacious, even dreamy, as on the Countrypolitan instrumental “Gar,” while the lyrics and titles are rich with allusions, some of them obvious, others seemingly unknowable.
Lambchop: Mr. M
If Not I'll Just Die Lambchop 1' 03''
2B2 Lambchop 58''
Gone Tomorrow Lambchop 1' 05''
Mr Met Lambchop 1' 00''
Gar Lambchop 1' 02''
Nice Without Mercy Lambchop 1' 10''
Buttons Lambchop 1' 01''
The Good Life (Is Wasted) Lambchop 1' 07''
Kind Of Lambchop 55''
Betty's Overture Lambchop 1' 07''
Never My Love Lambchop 1' 13''
Guess I'm Dumb Lambchop 58''
Mr Met (Coupler remix) Lambchop 1' 07''
The Good Life (Is Wasted) (Hobbledeions remix) Lambchop 1' 08''
2B2 (Coupler remix) Lambchop 1' 06''