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|Loudon Wainwright III|
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Genres: Folk, Pop
Originally released in England on the Demon label, this great mid-'80s album contains plenty of Loudon's acerbic and witty observations of life. Produced by musical collaborator Richard Thompson, who also plays guitar and ... more »
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Originally released in England on the Demon label, this great mid-'80s album contains plenty of Loudon's acerbic and witty observations of life. Produced by musical collaborator Richard Thompson, who also plays guitar and sings backup vocals. Includes "Your Mother and I," "Unhappy Anniversary."
Loudon has staying power
Jack Purcell | Placitas, NM USA | 09/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From Woodstock as a Bob Dylan look-alike until now, the years haven't hurt him. Live or on CD his haunting songs stay with us. This one is among the most haunting. But of course, I'm prejudiced. I've sat in the audience of many of his performances in major US cities with a hundred other of his fans wondering why there weren't more (but glad there weren't for personal, selfish reasons). His audiences comprise a surprising span of old fogies such as myself and young people who think they discovered him.Loudon's as good on this one as he gets (and that's good)."
MCMLXVII | 07/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you love Loudon, you will love, adore, cherish this album. Over the years, it has given me many hours of happiness, laughter, humming, solace, and warmth. Buy it; if you're a LWIII fan, you will NOT regret it."
Getting Better All The Time
Blake Watson | Winnetka, CA USA | 05/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This Album followed the good "Fame and Wealth" and was followed by "Therapy", the first of a long, unbroken string of incredible recordings. It's damn good. Damn, damn good. The productions are in-hand--no sloppy, overdone nonsense here--and the album almost has the kind of consistent "shape and feel" that the later ones would.It's easier to point out the one song that's sort of jarring and more "old-school" Loudon: The harsh "Man's World". Loudon is so good at communicating contempt in his songs when he feels it, it can be uncomfortable to listen to.Otherwise, this is an upbeat album. "A Hard Day On The Planet", for all its nihilism, is bursting with humorous energy. "Synchronicity" tackles the embarrassing and amusing social awkwardness that comes from discovering the girl you're hitting on is a lesbian. Other funny, upbeat songs on the album are the anthem to the solo-diners, "I Eat Out", "No" (about the futility of resisting strong-minded women), "The Acid Song" (self-explanatory), "Vampire Blues" (also self-explanatory), the gentle, self-mocking "Expatriate", and "Back Nine", which applies a sort-of slave-labor mentality to golfing (something which should have been done a long time ago).This is a happy album, really. And as much as I love Loudon's new stuff, I would like to see him get (emotionally, as an artist) to a place where he could do something similar again.The less-than-happy songs are mostly standouts, too:"Your Mother and I" is a classic, and probably should be required listening for any child whose parents are divorcing."The Home Stretch" is the other rough spot on the album. It's really a great song, but it's harsh, old-school Loudon, angry and uncomfortable."Overseas Call" is a wonderful song of longing."Unhappy Anniversary", like "Hard Day", for me, captures a lot of what's best about this album. It's not about a happy topic, but it's a happy tune. At this point Loudon is combining his highly-polished lyric-writing abilities with his facility for writing in a wide range of musical styles to create effects one just doesn't get from run-of-the-mill songwriters.A five-star review is not out of place here, and this probably ought to be at least 4 1/2 stars, but there's gotta be room at the top for the albums that come next."