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Lambchop - OH (Ohio)

Lambchop, Oh Ohio

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2.5 out of 5

SAVE for the risque picture on the front of the album, Lambchop’s tenth studio recording, there’s nothing really that bold or daring about OH (Ohio).

Kurt Wagner and his Nashville-based troupe – now numbering seven – continue to deliver songs that are rooted in their trademark country-soul, albeit with traces of jazz and ambience.

Wagner’s dusky vocals remain the defining feature, of course, and they barely break a sweat as the LP ambles through 11 songs of varying quality. Lambchop have always been an acquired taste for me, and nothing about OH (Ohio) really convinces me otherwise.

There are nice moments, as highlighted by album opener Ohio, where some beautifully lush guitar licks drift around some nice boy-girl vocals, or the breezy (by their standards) Sharing A Gibson With Martin Luther King Jr.

But more often than not, the album sticks to one, laidback to the point of being horizontal pace, that really threatens to test the patience.

Had there been a little more of songs like Sharing A Gibson…, or Popeye, which sets a rip-roaring pace late on with some meaty guitars, the album may have been a more complete and satisfying listen.

As things stand, Wagner and company disappoint once again… even though the artwork looks certain to get people talking. It doesn’t really serve as a proper indication of what to expect from the album.

Download picks: Ohio, Sharing A Gibson With Martin Luther King Jr, Popeye

Track listing:
Disc 1

  1. Ohio
  2. Slipped Dissolved And Loosed
  3. I’m Thinking Of A Number (Between 1 and 2)
  4. National Talk Like A Pirate Day
  5. Hold Of You
  6. Sharing A Gibson With Martin Luther King Jr
  7. Of Raymond
  8. Please Rise
  9. Popeye
  10. Close Up
  11. I Believe In You

Disc 2

  1. Please Rise
  2. Slipped Dissolved And Loosed
  3. Chelsea Hotel #2
  4. Close Up
  5. Of Raymond