Damaged - Lambchop
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  • Summary: This is the tenth album for the very large Nashville band led by Kurt Wagner.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Damaged is a transcendent record - poetic, mysterious, witty, wise and at times so musically grand that it changes the colour of a room and the weight of the air.
  2. 90
    An album of colossal strength and maturity. [Sep 2006, p.104]
  3. 86
    Wonderful. [#21, p.94]
  4. Are they a country band playing alt.rock or an alt.rock band playing country? These questions are pointless. They are simply and sublimely Lambchop, and we are lucky to have them.
  5. "Damaged" is as nuanced, temperate and contemplative as its predecessor.
  6. The album rewards multiple listens with its sonic depth and subtle structural beauty. It has followed Lamchop tradition and evolved from its predecessor, but it lacks the unruly attitude that makes the band distinct.
  7. 50
    It sounds half-heard no matter how many times you hear it. [Sep 2006, p.142]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. ChrisK
    Aug 27, 2006
    10
    As consistantly brilliant and beautiful as "How I Quit Smoking," which is saying quite a lot. It's the best record I've heard this year.
  2. ChadS
    Aug 25, 2006
    10
    Now I have to buy all the music Lambchop made after "How I Quit Smoking". "Beers Before the Barbican" is pretty great; so is "Crackers". No, not great. Brilliant. Smog is great. Kurt Wagner is a little better, with the exception of "Dress Sexy at my Funeral". I write songs and "Damaged" gives me a massive inferiority complex. This is a really great album. I mean brilliant. It's "If You're Feeling Sinister"-brilliant. Expand
  3. carlosv
    Aug 21, 2006
    9
    incredible, like all that they do
  4. StevenB
    Aug 23, 2006
    9
    Transcendent and worthy of their fantastic cataluge. One of the better records of 2006 as a whole.
  5. AdilO.
    Sep 4, 2006
    9
    Soothing and mysterious. The kind of music you'd want to spin after a hard day's work.
  6. madsl
    Aug 28, 2006
    8
    their last double album whammy was a disappointment to me, but now the mighty kurt wagner is back with some of the most consistent, thorough and refined songwriting of his career. The man is a poetic visionary who deserves all the credit in the world! Not as melodically entrancing as Nixon but that's a minor quibble... Expand
  7. Cables
    Sep 2, 2006
    6
    like many critics pointed out, it's lyrically briliant yet it's ac arrangements make it alarmingly dull at times.