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Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Wife Kate McGarrigle had just given birth to son (and future star) Rufus Wainwright when Loudon recorded this album in 1972, and you can hear some of his parental concerns surface on ?Be Careful, There?s A Baby In The Hous... more »
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Wife Kate McGarrigle had just given birth to son (and future star) Rufus Wainwright when Loudon recorded this album in 1972, and you can hear some of his parental concerns surface on ?Be Careful, There?s A Baby In The House? along with the typical ruminations on suicide!
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jimnypivo | west of Chicago, USA | 05/29/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was the LW3 disc that launched me into fandom, the one that Karen from Yonkers played over and over while we drank Turkish coffee late into the night. Many years later, I have fond memories of all three--Karen, Turkish coffee and Loudon.
In his second recording, Loudon shows the bright potential we all knew he had. This isn't as consistent a collection of good songs as on *Album 3* or *Attempted Moustache*, but his genius shows through in about half of them. If you like those, a few of the rest might grow on you after a while .
He takes chances on this album. Some songs don't succeed easily---*Me and My Friend The Cat*, *Plane, Too*, *Nice Jewish Girls*, aren't his best effort.
Thankfully, some songs do succeed. *Be Careful There's a Baby in the House* is clever and true, but NOT one to play if you want the baby to stay asleep. *Motel Blues*, first of Loudon's alone-on-the-Road" songs, mixes the sweet with the tawdry. *Old Paint* (with ex-mate Kate McGarrigle) I sang as a go-to-sleep lullaby to my own kids. *I Know I'm Unhappy--Suicide Song-Glenville Reel* is an unusual medley blending depression, Suicide and love as well as anybody else could. Wait. Did anybody other than Loudon ever mix those three in a song?
These songs have an edge. Sometimes it's a sharp, cutting edge, and sometimes it is a soft, pliable one. Both cut different things different ways.
Loudon's voice comes off shriller on the CD medium than I remember it on vinyl, but his acoustic playing is good and his sensitive songwriting full of promise and fearlessness.
If you are a fan of his son Rufus, or of later Loudon material, give this a listen and judge his talent for yourself."
A. Greene | North Carolina | 06/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this album expecting for it to sound like his albums did in the mid 70's...It didnt...To me this is not one of his better albums...Dont get me wrong Loudon or should I say Gordondon is the coolest...His voice on this album doesnt sound as "mature" as it did on his following albums...Some of the better tracks on this album are "Old Paint"... "Samson and the Warden" and "Suicide Song" This album was Loudon getting his foot in the record business...A descent album but not his best..."