Aw C'Mon - Lambchop
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  • Summary: Recorded at the same time and released on the same day, 'Aw C'Mon' and 'No, You C'Mon' are actually intended as separate albums, rather than two parts of a double album. The Nashville String Machine lends strings to each.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
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  1. As is the case whenever [Kurt] Wagner's velvet croon wraps itself around a night that ends so late it's already morning... there really isn't a critic in the world who can touch him. [combined review of both discs; Mar 2003, p.94]
  2. As ever Wagner’s voice is rich and warm, the instrument of a faltering singer that just gets better with age, cracked and croaked and delivering lyrics with a strange phrasing that makes the most indecipherable and idiosyncratic observation take on a wealth of meanings for the listener depending how they first, or last, hear it. [combined review of both discs]
  3. Aw Cmon is the most relaxed of the two discs, the most instantly pleasing, the most Lambchop-like, boasting the strongest lyrics of the two CDs.
  4. 80
    [These albums] are as much of a pendulum swing from Is A Woman as Is A Woman was from Nixon. [combined review of both discs; Feb 2004, p.90]
  5. 75
    Over the course of 24 tracks, we get taut grooves set on Al Green cruise control, lots of havin'-fun-in-the-studio byplay, and the occasional spritz of rude fuzz-box gutiar to give all the gold-leaf detailing some shape. [combined review of both discs; Mar 2004, p.97]
  6. If Aw C'mon pales in comparison, it's due to a pronounced downbeat atmosphere and an over-reliance on cutesy, clunky titles.
  7. 50
    A double album slough of easy listening instrumentals. [combined review of both discs; #9, p.108]

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. JohnnyV
    Jan 14, 2005
    9
    It's important to note that these albums were created as the soundtrack to the silent movie "Sunrise" directed by F.W. Murnau It's important to note that these albums were created as the soundtrack to the silent movie "Sunrise" directed by F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu). Wagner started an expiremental challenge to write a song a day, during which time he was asked to produce a new soundtrack for a rerelease of the film. So, to refer to the music as background music is quite accurate. I'm a fan of the band, so i'm biased, but thinking of the music of both albums in this context makes each album even enjoyable for me. It's great (but challenging) stuff. Expand
  2. andres
    Mar 18, 2004
    9
    Almost impossible to catergorize it's so varied. Difficult enough deciding which disc you'd like to listen to first; even after Almost impossible to catergorize it's so varied. Difficult enough deciding which disc you'd like to listen to first; even after you've made your decision you'll be sorely tempted to play the disc that's just finished again. Superb. Expand
  3. DecepticonPom
    Oct 27, 2004
    8
    Must admit I can't help but regard these two albums as one beautiful double player. Not normally what I would go for but an unexpected Must admit I can't help but regard these two albums as one beautiful double player. Not normally what I would go for but an unexpected delight and my album of the year so far. Laid back, sometimes even ambient, yet rollocking in places, this was my most surprising discovery of 2004. Expand
  4. markf
    Mar 12, 2004
    6
    I have nothing to compare this to, except "No, You Come On", issued simultaneously, since these are the first two Lambchop albums that I have nothing to compare this to, except "No, You Come On", issued simultaneously, since these are the first two Lambchop albums that I've bought. This album seems much more sluggish than "N,YCO". There's nothing inherently wrong with the songs, but the string section seems overdone, and many songs sound similar. If you are going to buy one album, I'd highly recommend the companion piece. This album is so completely inoffensive that sometimes it sounds like it would be perfect background music for a two-year old's birthday party or maybe your 90-year-old grandma's. You can tell there's talent here but it's much clearer on "No, You Come On." Expand