Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Pop
Archetypal baby boomer, WASP troubadour, and fearless diarist Loudon Wainwright III cheerfully admits that his work is baldly autobiographical, and this 1989 chapter is among the liveliest and most emotionally complex in... more »
Archetypal baby boomer, WASP troubadour, and fearless diarist Loudon Wainwright III cheerfully admits that his work is baldly autobiographical, and this 1989 chapter is among the liveliest and most emotionally complex installments. Who else could build a low-keyed country song that nails the title song's subject in every detail ("There is a nice big box of Kleenex/If you break down and start to bawl..."), acknowledging its curative potential while poking fun at the process? . Elsewhere, he sifts through parental relationships ("Your Father's Car"), music videos, one-night stands, and, on the album's most powerful song "Thanksgiving," dysfunctional families. That song, graced by Richard Thompson's beautifully restrained electric guitar, compresses a family's tangled emotional history into a single night, with the nuance and richness of a John Updike story. --Sam Sutherland
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This is one terrific album
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is one of Wainwright's very best - all of the songs are winners, although for different reasons. Some are cynical, some mean and sarcastic, many almost painfully revealing, and all of them are just plain great: funny, clever and ruthlessly honest. Wainwright writes intensely personal songs, and still they reflect universal experiences. Everyone has bought that "Bill of Goods" sometime in their lives, "Your Father's Car" is advice that everyone wishes they had known when they were twenty years old, and nothing captures the holiday spirit quite as well as "Thanksgiving." You will not be sorry you bought this CD."
Good but not his best
Blake Watson | 12/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just wanted to add my 2 cents. I love Loudon & have all his albums, so I would recommend this to anybody, but I don't think it's his best. If you're a fan, you need this, because it's bound to have at least a few songs that will rank as favorites, & it's well-produced. Good but not great IMO. I'm not here to bust a good album, but I wanted to give a little balance to the other rave reviews here. If you're new, I for one would recommend History, Last Man on Earth, Career Moves, or the 1986 Best of."
Probably His Best Album
Blake Watson | 07/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have almost every one of Wainwright's albums, and I would have to say that "Therapy" is arguably his best. At least, I've probably listened to it more than I have any of his other albums. Over the years, it never tires. I've probably listened to it 80 or 90 or 100 times. Not too shabby, considering its price. Highly recommended."