Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Pop
As Loudon Wainwright points out in notes to this reissue of what was his final album for Columbia, the battle plan was to make a half-studio, half-live LP, the latter being where critics and fans felt the singer-songwriter... more »
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As Loudon Wainwright points out in notes to this reissue of what was his final album for Columbia, the battle plan was to make a half-studio, half-live LP, the latter being where critics and fans felt the singer-songwriter did his best work. Unfortunately, Wainwright's desire to have it both ways failed on virtually all levels. Recorded in the mid-'70s as he was splitting from both his longtime manager and his wife (and then emerging performer) Kate McGarrigle, Wainwright sounds woefully adrift, especially on the genre-clashing studio tracks. The solo live cuts are a bit better, but psychosexual fantasies such as "The Untitled" (about an incest-filled visit to the YMCA by the Hardy Boys) and "Rufus Is a Tit Man" (about he and his then infant son co-breastfeeding) are about as unpleasant to hear as they are to describe. --Billy Altman
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Louden at his very best - a classic
Robert J. Weirich, Jr. | 08/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the Louden I knew and loved - the one who didn't care about being politically or socially correct. "Rufus" and "The Hardy Boys At The 'Y'" are worth the price of the album. Unfortunately, Louden has gotten a bit too serious in his advanced age, and his concerts and albums don't even come close to measuring up to this - his best- album.
Brilliant thoughts from a depressing time
Bruce P. Barten | Saint Paul, MN United States | 10/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm only a few months older than the aritist. It is not surprising that our lives run in a parallel time which he sings about and I mainly listen to. The underlying sentiment seems so geniuine on these songs, he seems positively driven to drag it all out and let people know what is going on. Three verses of "Kick in the Head" includes just about everything anyone could stand to hear about that, and I think you should hear it."