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What Another Man Spills
What Another Man Spills
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Lambchop defy the rock & roll odds, even those of avant-rock, mainly by being an extraordinary bunch of melody-loving tunesmiths. With an attention to texture that rivals the High Llamas, Lambchop throw in vibraphone, bari...  more »


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All Artists: Lambchop
Title: What Another Man Spills
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Merge Records
Original Release Date: 9/8/1998
Release Date: 9/8/1998
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 036172944620, 5033197366524, 718750871121, 724384657727, 036172944620

Lambchop defy the rock & roll odds, even those of avant-rock, mainly by being an extraordinary bunch of melody-loving tunesmiths. With an attention to texture that rivals the High Llamas, Lambchop throw in vibraphone, baritone sax, trumpet, a multitude of string instruments, and languid lyrical smarts. What they get is a dazzling, dazed moodscape, slack as a humid afternoon and as Western as one can be in a thick forest of instrumental textures. They twang around a bit--even featuring the crowned king of irony and insight, Vic Chesnutt, on vocals--but more often they weave between sweet melodies and such countrified meditations on immortality as this: "Heaven is a disaster, and you won't get there any faster." Lambchop also interject spooked noise and found sounds among their low-key peeks at passion and anguish. But wait--they also do a dandy cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love" and thus go an extra mile toward being unparalleled in their sheer power to mix and match so broadly. --Andrew Bartlett

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My favorite new album
liam sheppard | 07/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the greatest, and it's so weird I can't believe they've made as many records as they have. Swinging easily from 70's cop-show funk to Blue Nile-esque dreamscapes, Lambchop are the coolest band, in the most laid-back way, I've heard in a long time."
The sublime country blues from lambchop
liam sheppard | nottingham...not USA | 09/28/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This album is a smooth, crisp addition to lambchops reportoire of albums. I was taken aback by the first tracks polished high quality, and the jazz/blues influence uncharacteristic of the previous album.Then track four appears and absolubtly blows you away with its upbeat happiness, powerful strings and wagners falsetto, combining to make an amazing rendition of cutis mayfields classic! I have not listened to much of the album because of these two songs!"
Worthwhile that I gave it another chance
mianfei | 03/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Lambchop's first two albums I Hope You're Sitting Down and How I Quit Smoking, though completely ignored everywhere at the time of their release, were nonetheless a totally unique combination of satirical (at times coarse) lyrics and soft, though unplanned, orchestral music that sounded like nothing else that had come. It was too virginal to resemble orchestral 1960s pop, but was exactly the opposite of the noisy tuneless grunge dominating the charts.

On buying "What Another Man Spills" I was dissatified after vaguely absorbing it because so much of it appeared to be just retro 1970s soul. First listens revealed none of Kurt Wagner's amazing lyrical insight, and much dense drumming with a 1970s type production that became dissatisfying once I saw the magic behind Lambchop's first two albums and their seemingly random orchestrations.

"What Another Man Spills" really was more upbeat than the first two Lambchop albums, but repeated listening shows that actually this is due to the much greater emphasis on jazz rather than mock-classical instrumentation (vibraphone rather than clarinet, for example). At the same time there was no evidence that Lambchop had given up the spontaneous simplicity from which their first two masterpieces were built. Thus, although "Give Me Your Love (Love Song)" did indeed sound like jazzy pop, Deanna Varagona's otherworldly voice (sounding like it came from underwater), the strings served as an ominous undertoe almost like Kurt Wagner's lyrics on parts of Smoking. "Shucks" showed both the similarities and changes perfectly: the guitars were largely replaced by vibraphones and horns, but the voice and ominous arrangements were still the same. The funky "Scamper" was still oddly dark especially when Wagner sings about a person operated on after a serious accident (or is it??), whilst "I've Been Lonely For So Long" was almost catchy precisely due to Kurt's positively eerie vocal.

"It's Not Alright" was actually catchy but ultimately not so rewarding becuse the tribal rhythms detracted from Wagner's vocals, yet the love-obsessed "Magnificent Obsession" really was Lambchop moving away from folk pretentions and showing really their unique, unclassifiable sound of soft, spontaneous orchestration. Whilst "King Of Nothing Never" showed that the band's soul pretentions really are not valid owing to Kurt's folk-poet vocal style: it could never be mistaken for 70s sould no matter how dense the horns were.

On the whole, an album that may seem like a sellout but is not exactly that. This is a unique band developing in its own way, even if losing some of its obscure quality that made it fascinating."