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After blending country, soul, smoky jazz, and the wonderfully eccentric lyrical observations of singer-songwriter Kurt Wagner for more than a decade, Lambchop add a rich new layer of atmosphere on Damaged. Now, no fewer than four members of the band's ever-shifting roster are credited with electronics, including the duo Hands Off Cuba -- also collaborators with Lambchop on a recent EP -- who tweak several tracks here with their glitchy samples and bridge the songs with evocative interludes. But no less important to the album's sound are the warm string arrangements, the careful dollops of trombone and steel guitar, and the cascading piano solos, all wrapping themselves around Wagner's near-whispered croon with results as hauntingly hushed as 2002's Is a Woman. If Damaged lives up to its title with a flaw on the surface, it's that the expansive first track, "Paperback Bible" -- possibly a wry ode to eBay, with Wagner searching for and selling back a used copy of the Good Book -- is such a delectable taste of Lambchop's latest sonic recipe that it's hard to follow. Yet many of the songs live up to its promise, from the cocktail-jazz waltz of "Prepared [2]" to the almost-spoken-word finale, "The Decline of Country and Western Civilization," where a cranky Wagner casts a withering glance at the musical culture around him, saving special disdain for the "pitchfork I-rock saviors." Wagner notes on another track that "it seems impossible / To understand a man like me" -- perhaps acknowledging his often cryptic way with words -- but the real reason Lambchop won't ever be mistaken for Nashville's more mainstream product is that this band's imagination so gleefully disobeys all the usual musical boundaries.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2006
Label: Merge Records
UPC: 0673855028422
catalogNumber: 284
Rank: 102579


  1. Paperback Bible
  2. Prepared
  3. The Rise and Fall of the Letter P
  4. A Day Without Glasses
  5. Beers Before the Barbican
  6. I Would Have Waited Here All Day
  7. Crackers
  8. Fear
  9. Short
  10. The Decline of Country and Western Civilization

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lambchop   Primary Artist
Matt Swanson   Bass,Electric Bass
Sam Baker   Drums
Kurt Wagner   Guitar,Vocals
Alex McManus   Guitar
Tony Crow   Piano
Gary Tussing   Cello
Paul Niehaus   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Roy Agee   Trombone
Deanna Varagona   Baritone Saxophone
Marc William Trovillion   electronics
Jonathan Marx   electronics
Ames Asbell   Viola
Ben Westney   Cello
William Tyler   Guitar
Ryan Norris   Keyboards,electronics
Bruce Colson   Violin
Scott Martin   Drums,electronics

Technical Credits

Mark Nevers   Engineer
Kurt Wagner   Composer
Tony Crow   Composer
Jonathan Marx   Interlude
Peter Stopchinski   String Arrangements
Ryan Norris   Interlude
James Burdine   Engineer
Doctor Matt Gorham   Photo Courtesy
Scott Martin   Interlude
Berthold Seliger   Photo Courtesy
Peter Stopschinski   String Arrangements

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