Fans of Lambchop appreciate Kurt Wagner's sleepy and nuanced take on alt-country, which always comes with some lounge, jazz and soul on the side. The Nashville band's ninth studio album is definitely sleepy and nuanced, only Wagner's halted singing is disintegrating further into the background as the overall sound inches closer to adult contemporary.
There are exceptions - Slipped Dissolved And Loosed moves energetically around a beautiful acoustic chord progression, and National Talk Like A Pirate Day showcases Wagner's terrifically absurdist lyrics. Lambchop's albums tend to be growers, so perhaps Oh (Ohio) just needs a little more time in my iPod.
Kurt Wagner does a solo show at the Drake Monday (October 6).