• Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Feb 19, 2002

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Uncut
    Another mature masterpiece from America's finest. [Album Of The Month, March 2002, p.94]
  2. Minimal and huge at the same time, desperately sad in places, thought-provoking and ethereal in others, this is an incredible milestone of a record.
  3. Every song contains four or five things that will just whip your head around in disbelief.
  4. For all its minimalist musical approach and inherent gloominess, Is A Woman over time proves a creative masterstroke.
  5. 'Is A Woman' is a deep, rewarding, frustrating, baffling, engaging experience then, an album that drifts away from you just when you're getting hold of it.
  6. By focusing less on quotidian (i.e., boring) experiences of the proletariat and more on less-tangible allusions to death, troubled romance, and loneliness, Wagner's music is simply more approachable and meaningful, if still hard to puzzle out in its specific intent.
  7. Magnet
    This soggy, after-hours feel also permeates Is A Woman, although the ensemble sound has been pared to the bone. [#53, p.83]
  8. As an experiment in consistency, Woman is an unqualified success, but it's hard not to occasionally miss the unpredictability of the past.
  9. Blender
    What Led Zeppelin did for bombast, Lambchop try to do for delicacy. [Apr/May 2002, p.114]
  10. Alternative Press
    It's clever, literate and pretty, but also boring as hell if you don't flip off the lights, clamp on your headphones and concentrate. [May 2002, p.88]
  11. A strange delight of a record.
  12. Lounge-rock for world-weary sophisticates.
  13. It's a brave and curious record that, as on 'Bugs', occasionally resembles Willie Nelson fronting Labradford.
  14. The Wire
    A record that urges you to lean closer to the speakers in order to fully hear everything that is being played and sung. [#216, p.63]
  15. The album sounds full whether you're in the next room or sitting right beside the speakers. Details -- a horn here, a steel guitar there, a lilting piano figure that appears out of the ether -- fill every cranny in a sound that's still as spacious as Giant Sand's Southwestern soundtracks.
  16. Mojo
    These gradual pleasures fly in the face of today's pop/rock hardsell, for sure, but inexorably you are drawn into Kurt's world. [Mar 2002, p.100]
  17. With repeated listens, what feels at first like unmelodic obduracy reveals some hidden charms.
  18. Spin
    Is a Woman finds Lambchop turning into America's Tindersticks, replacing songcraft with baroque digressions. [Mar 2002, p.134]
  19. While hardly bad... the album too often sounds as if the ceaseless invention that made Nixon so vibrant has been replaced by self-consciousness of the wrong sort.
  20. Is a Woman is a disappointment.
  21. One very minimal idea being stretched over 11 songs to the point that it starts to look very washed-out indeed.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. calimerosmix
    Apr 5, 2005
    one of the greatest music's that they have
  2. MattyM
    Apr 9, 2004
    This is a slow, slow burn - especially if you're coming straight after the relative euphoria of Nixon. But give it a few listens and This is a slow, slow burn - especially if you're coming straight after the relative euphoria of Nixon. But give it a few listens and it'll sneak up and strangle you in it's relaxed, measured splendour. Full Review »
  3. GavH.
    Oct 17, 2002
    Just kept replaying it, however not as many times as Nixon