Invariable Heartache

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  • Summary: Lambchop's Kurt Wagner and Cortney Tidwell teamed up as KORT and released this album of songs originally recorded by the Chart Label.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 28, 2011
    Invariable Heartache sounds like an artifact itself: one of those periodic dispatches from the past that reminds us how the also-rans of the music industry are often better and weirder than we remember.
  2. 90
    For their part, the band is spotless. The majority of the record adheres to the lilting and forlorn brand of country that one might expect from an album called Invariable Heartache.
  3. Mojo
    Mar 9, 2011
    A low-key, highly engaging covers album. [Nov 2010, p.99]
  4. Feb 28, 2011
    Invariable Heartache sounds more like one of Lambchop's more countrified records, which is to say the music is both lush and minimal, the sound of so many musicians giving themselves over completely to the song. It's a gateway album to Chart's back catalog, as well as to an adventurous era in Nashville history.
  5. While Wagner's voice is not always up to it, Tidwell's authentic country pipes are the real revelation here.
  6. Feb 28, 2011
    Generally there's not too much straying away from the Nashville sound and Wagner's production keeps things sounding impressively full and remarkably fresh considering the age of the source material.
  7. 60
    Wagner's hesitant delivery is poignantly underscored by Tidwell's more emotive phrasing, while the arrangements of neat picking and weeping fiddle are applied with customary understatement.

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