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OH (Ohio)

OH (Ohio)

by LambchopLambchop


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Lambchop may have begun life as "Nashville's most fucked up country band," but with the passage of time the group's country leanings have slowly but surely faded away, and they've grown into perhaps the most singularly pleasurable pop band of their day, mastering a sound that embraces the broad sonic palate of chamber pop and the ambitious experimentalism of indie rock without losing touch with the organic, human voice that informed their early work. OH (Ohio) is Lambchop's tenth proper album, and it finds this band in masterful form; Kurt Wagner and his seven accompanists (with two additional musicians helping out with horns and woodwinds) bring a dazzling sense of grace, balance, and drama to the melodies, and while one senses the size of the ensemble while listening to these songs, there's no clutter or waste in the arrangements, and Lambchop is able to generate a compelling emotional immediacy no matter how broad their musical canvas. While no one will ever accuse Wagner of having a master's vocal range, his plaintive mumbles and mutterings have evolved into a remarkably expressive instrument, projecting a palpable range of hurt, longing, and conviction through his cryptic but genuinely fascinating lyrics. There isn't much in the way of a coherent narrative in songs like "National Talk Like a Pirate Day" or "Sharing a Gibson with Martin Luther King Jr.," but Wagner communicates with a verbal expressionism that's strong and telling, and he knows how to make his songs work with this gifted band. And just as Michael Peed's cover paintings offer eccentric but potent images of passion and desire, OH (Ohio) is a set of songs that speak about love with a strength that belies their nuanced elegance, and when Lambchop close out the set with a thoughtful and genuine interpretation of the old Don Williams' hit "I Believe in You," it's a gentle reinforcement of all that's gone before on the disc. OH (Ohio) is a singular accomplishment, and it's hard to imagine anyone but Lambchop doing this so well -- or even imagining it at all.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2008
Label: Merge Records
UPC: 0673855033525
catalogNumber: 335
Rank: 121400


  1. Ohio
  2. Slipped Dissolved and Loosed
  3. I'm Thinking of a Number
  4. National Talk Like a Pirate Day
  5. A Hold of You
  6. Sharing a Gibson with Martin Luther King, Jr.
  7. Of Raymond
  8. Please Rise
  9. Popeye
  10. Close Up and Personal
  11. I Believe in You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lambchop   Primary Artist
Denis Solee   Woodwind
Matt Swanson   Bass,Group Member
Kurt Wagner   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Alex McManus   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Tony Crow   Synthesizer,Piano,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Roy Agee   Trombone
Jonathan Marx   electronics,Group Member
Marty Slayton   Background Vocals
William Tyler   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Ryan Norris   Organ,Guitar,Vibes,Loops,electronics,Prepared Piano,Group Member
Scott Martin   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Roger Moutenot   Producer,Engineer
Mark Nevers   Producer,Engineer
Michael Peed   Paintings

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