ALBUM REVIEW: Lambchop – Showtunes | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 21.05.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lambchop emerged in that initial alt. country/Americana gold rush of the mid-nineties and made a stunning run of albums before something seemed to go wrong: Kurt Wagner kept adding members but giving them less and less to do, and the albums became these static, fragile snoozefests, graceful but lifeless.

Lately Wagner has been changing things up again and this time out he’s kept the electronics of recent releases and – as the title suggests – aimed for a Great American Songbook vibe, with mixed results. Lead track and opener Chef’s Kiss is a melancholy gem and album centrepiece Fuku is an amazing blend of woozy electronics and atmospherics. But a little too often Showtunes just kinda hangs there, pretty but nebulous, desperate for a melody.

 

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