Mr. M

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Feb 21, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. Feb 21, 2012
    Mostly, Mr. M is exemplary Lambchop because its so unmistakably Wagner's vision.
  2. 90
    Dedicated to the late Vic Chesnutt, Mr. M will stand as one of Lambchop's finest, most cohesive, and easiest straight-through listens yet, despite its intermediate tendencies.
  3. Feb 10, 2012
    It is in this tension--the struggle to find hope and comfort quickly and the realization that you can't--that Mr. M exists and shines.
  4. Feb 21, 2012
    It's to Lambchop's credit that their music avoids comfortable resolutions. Instead, it hangs there, no moral, no judgment.
  5. Feb 24, 2012
    Mr. M is something to behold in its details: the kind of record that seems to open up gradually over time, graceful and pretty sure but brimming subcutaneously with many yet-undiscovered pleasures.
  6. Feb 21, 2012
    With Mr. M, the countrypolitan grits-glam continues.
  7. Mar 26, 2012
    While Mr. M consists of 11 allegedly different songs, the album has the unified feel of a single multi-movement suite.
  8. Mojo
    Feb 27, 2012
    The songs on Mr. M might be mostly slow and beautiful but they don't have the drifting dreaminess. [Mar 2012, p.96]
  9. Feb 24, 2012
    It washes you in sound, and if you let that sound wash over you, what it does is exquisite.
  10. It manages to sound familiar while sounding entirely new, all the while making it clear that this is a sound only Lambchop could create.
  11. Feb 23, 2012
    Mr. M is hitting me at exactly the right moment, because if the group's music can be comforting, moving, pretty and mystifying at once--this time it's especially so.
  12. Q Magazine
    Feb 22, 2012
    It is a precious reminder of Wagner's quietly incisive gifts. [Mar 2012, p.105]
  13. Feb 21, 2012
    It's one of the most affecting works to date from a brilliant, one-of-a-kind band.
  14. Feb 21, 2012
    At its worst this understated quality [astral rambling] produces the drear muzak of "Gar", but at its best ... it's sublime.
  15. Feb 21, 2012
    An understated kaleidoscope of beautiful arrangements, raw emotion and literate songwriting that is nothing less than moving.
  16. Feb 16, 2012
    Wagner's conflicting emotions are reflected in his band's fluid, conversational playing: restless yet sedate, wistful yet furious, the sound is still on the surface but teeming beneath.
  17. Feb 13, 2012
    On Lambchop's more ambitiously simple albums, such as Mr. M, that darkness is all the more affecting.
  18. Uncut
    Feb 10, 2012
    Mr. M is bold in arts and surprisingly experimental. [Mar 2012, p.76]
  19. Feb 10, 2012
    Dedicated to friend and colleague Vic Chesnutt, Lambchop's 11th album is as refined and dignified as the top-hat-wearing gentleman depicted on the cover.
  20. Apr 6, 2012
    Ethereal, melancholy, and just plain strange.
  21. 70
    If this really is to be Lambchop's final album, it's an undeniably lovely one.
  22. Feb 23, 2012
    It's another contradiction, a subtle genre-jumper but a cohesive whole.
  23. Feb 21, 2012
    The profound sadness imbued in Mr. M, something that hasn't necessarily been as apparent on previous Lambchop albums, lends a consistency that produces a satisfying meditative effect.
  24. Feb 21, 2012
    Presenting musical and lyrical content in discrete halves, it functions as a microcosm of the kind of balance that makes Lambchop great, a poetic focus on words that doesn't scrimp on the music.
  25. Feb 13, 2012
    This isn't an album that's likely to change anything, but nor does it deserve to just pass by unnoticed.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 26, 2012
    The album "Mr.M" Lambchop - is a CD on which has been shown toned, swinging folk songs. The very first "film" song - "If Not I'll Die" allowsThe album "Mr.M" Lambchop - is a CD on which has been shown toned, swinging folk songs. The very first "film" song - "If Not I'll Die" allows the listener to immerse himself in the mood. Although the compositions such as "Kind Of" or "Nice Without Mercy" are a lethargic, signature songs - but also it's worth listening an alternative "Gone Tomorrow" - where band experiment with lots of instruments and light-hearted "The Good Life (Is Wasted)" where expressive vocals're especially memorable. Full Review »