Recovery

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  • Summary: The father of fellow musicians Rufus and Martha Wainwright reworks some of his songs in his latest release produced by Joe Henry.

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Love the Way You Lie
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn But that's alright, because I like the way it hurts Just gonna stand there and hear me cry But that's... See the rest of the song lyrics
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    Wainwright’s vocals imbue the material with a mixture of world-weariness, compassion and delight, qualities that didn’t loom large in the emotional lexicon of his younger self.
  2. With the help of producer Joe Henry, Loudon Wainwright III has been excavating his own past, and he’s disgorged some hibernating gems from his first four albums, revisiting ghosts that haunted him 35 years ago.
  3. Wainwright's voice sounds better than ever, adding the weight of history to songs that were poignant to begin with.
  4. Q Magazine
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    Producer Joe Henry has softened the originals' raw edges without compromising their acidic content. [Oct 2008, p.152]
  5. There are great finds--'Man Who Couldn't Cry'--but some bones are best unpolished.
  6. Recovery revisits Wainwright's back catalog and finds new meaning in the tunes he wrote as a young man.
  7. Since Wainwright is such a clever and insightful lyricist, even his weakest material is worth a listen, so Recovery is never unpleasant, but the song selection is unjustifiably uneven.

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  1. jimr.
    Aug 28, 2008
    9
    Yeah, a couple of misses, but if you are a fan it is a fine keeper.
  2. EricC.
    Jan 10, 2009
    8
    In a world of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, Loudon Wainwright has always had to sit just below the radar. But with his blunt and honest In a world of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, Loudon Wainwright has always had to sit just below the radar. But with his blunt and honest songwriting paired with near flawless compositions, he deserves a place in music history as one of the greatest singer-songwriters. This reworking of some classics and personal favorites serves as a solid entry point for those that have missed out. For everyone else, there is little revelatory about this album, other than the surprising youthfulness of his voice. Expand
  3. Apr 21, 2011
    3
    The album has a few songs that are good--the rest of the album is nothing but a sad reminder that Eminem and all of hip hop is in fact deadThe album has a few songs that are good--the rest of the album is nothing but a sad reminder that Eminem and all of hip hop is in fact dead for now. a couple of songs have some of the best lyrics of his career but they do nothing to make up for the fact that the production is worthless. i try to listen, but find myself turning it off after only minutes if my ipod doesnt read "cold wind blows". not afraid and no love are catchy but they are not rap. You're never over is a good song, but I cant stand the 80's synths. Collapse