Aw C'mon

Aw C'mon

by LambchopLambchop

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Overview

After the spare musical textures of Lambchop's 2002 album, Is a Woman, Kurt Wagner and his king-sized chamber pop ensemble have returned to full force with Aw C'mon, the first of two albums the group released on the same day in February 2004. Ambitious, eclectic, and boasting lush string charts performed by the Nashville String Machine (the orchestra-for-hire that has been adding countrypolitian polish to country & western recording sessions since the 1970s), Aw C'mon (as well as its sibling, No, You C'mon) easily trumps Nixon for widescreen musical grandeur, which makes for a lovely if puzzling contrast with the whispered thumbnail sketches of Wagner's lyrics and vocals. Delivered in a craggy murmur and often mixed low enough that one sometimes has to strain to hear them, Kurt Wagner's stories focus on the small details of life's big events rather than the shape of the larger picture, while his music builds an impressive sonic mosaic out of the assorted tones and textures of this 13-piece ensemble and the myriad pop, R&B, and country influences that inform his music. In fact, the album's instrumental cuts, "Being Tyler," "The Lone Official," and "Timothy B. Schmidt," pack nearly as much emotional resonance as most of the vocal numbers, which seems to reinforce the notion that Wagner is going for mood as much as message here. Aw C'mon is lovely, compelling, mysterious, and confounding; it's hard to know just what is supposed to lurk at the core of this music, but Lambchop have given listeners enough fine music that digging to the center is fine and rewarding work.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2004
Label: Merge Records
UPC: 0036172954025
catalogNumber: 240
Rank: 130270

Tracks

  1. Being Tyler
  2. Four Pounds in Two Days
  3. Steve McQueen
  4. The Lone Official
  5. Something's Going On
  6. Nothing But a Blur from a Bullet Train
  7. Each Time I Bring It Up It Seems to Bring You Down
  8. Timothy B. Schmidt
  9. Women Help to Create the Kind of Men They Despise
  10. I Hate Candy
  11. Haven't Heard a Word I Said
  12. Action Figure

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lambchop   Primary Artist
Benny Martin   Drums
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Matt Swanson   Bass,Group Member
Sam Baker   Drums,Group Member
Kurt Wagner   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Alex McManus   Guitar,Thumb Piano,Group Member
Tony Crow   Piano,Group Member
Curtiss Pernice   Acoustic Guitar
Paul Niehaus   Guitar,Steel Guitar,Group Member
Deanna Varagona   Vocals,Group Member
Marc William Trovillion   electronics,Group Member
Allen Lowrey   Percussion,Group Member
Jonathan Marx   electronics,Group Member
John Delworth   Group Member
Willie Tyler   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Craig Allen   Art Direction
Lloyd Barry   String Arrangements
Mark Nevers   Producer,Engineer
Lambchop   Arranger
Kurt Wagner   Composer,Producer
Jerry Joyner   Art Direction
Wayne White   Cover Painting
John Delworth   Contributor
William Tyler   Composer

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