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Nixon

Lambchop

2000

Nixon

Album Summary

Nixon is the fifth studio album by American rock band Lambchop. It was released on February 7, 2000 and was issued by Merge Records and City Slang. Nixon became a breakthrough release for Lambchop in the United Kingdom, where it received critical acclaim and was named among the best albums of 2000 by numerous publications.

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Rating

2.84

Votes

3666

Genres

  • Country
  • Pop
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Very pretty chamber pop with a bit of a country feel to it. Beautiful orchestral arrangements. Feels like it falls somewhere between Neil Young and Neil Diamond. If there isn't a guy named Neil in the band I will be thoroughly disappointed.

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Musically, it sounds okay. My main issue with this album is that I have read all the lyrics and listened multiple times and I have no idea what the album is about. The lyrics are nonsensical and the vocals are murky. Too many metaphors. Definitely not a "fun" album. I can't think of any song I like on the album, but it is good enough to put in the background I guess. It doesn't actively annoy me is I treat the vocals as sounds rather than words.

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If Tom Waites, Leonard Cohen, and Smokey Robinson had a baby.

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I get excited when I see a short album with only 10 songs. But each song averaging around 5:30min kills that excitement almost immediately. So far every song sounds like it could be used as an intro song in a Netflix/Amazon Prime/HBO Max/AppleTV Drama Series Honestly, very boring

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A real struggle to get through, I found it monotonous, mundane. Although I think that's maybe the intention in an odd way. I get why people would like it but it does nothing for me.

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5

I was not expecting to absolutely love this. But I do, and I’m very pleased about it

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4

I don’t really know what I just listened to and I’m not even mad about it

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@SHACK, @SHACK, @SHACK, @SHACK, @SHACK, @SHACK, @SHACK, @SHACK, @SHACK. SHACK LOVES LAMBCHOPS.

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Q. What does SHACK eat for breakfast? A. Lamb chops.

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Nixon is a wildly uneven album, oscillating between gentle country inflected pop and ill advised forays into Philly soul, but that doesn't even begin to describe how strange it is. On the country inflected pop songs, singer Kurt Wagner sounds a lot like Dean Wareham from Luna, who in turn took his cues from Lou Reed. He can be modestly effective in this mode, as in the opener, The Old Gold Shoe. But his falsetto, as on You Masculine You, is to die for, meaning it makes you want to die. And when he launches into a curdled attempt at Philly soul, as in What Else Could It Be?, I imagine flocks of birds dying in mid-air and plummeting to the ground like so many hailstones as an appropriate response. Then there are the arrangements. They are painstakingly worked out and quite involved, featuring a conventional core band, strings, horns, vibraphone, touches of atmospheric distortion, even a full on choir, but rarely has so much effort resulted in so little reward. Most of the way through Nixon, the arrangements and performances are quite gentle and the music tends to glide through one ear and out the other, leaving no trace. But at times, Lambchop allows a bit of distortion or some grungy guitar to bleed through, adding some much needed edge. It's hard to know what to make of all this. Clearly, Lambchop is capable of making listenable music. If they had spun out variations on pop numbers with a veneer of country, tempered by some grunge guitar and distortion, they might have come up with a modest, low key success. As it is, whatever is modestly effective is overshadowed by horrific, cringe-worthy attempts at Philly soul.

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What is this doing on the list? Bland and boring. Meh.

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I really wanted to like this album more, but it was just missing any real musical depth. The instrumentals felt the same from beginning to end, and they weren't memorable enough for that to be a good thing.

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Modern easy listening. Pretty bland, Petrified Florist is the best track but it's not enough that I'd listen again.

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A strange combination of country and soul, lush orchestration, impenetrable lyrics and Kurt Wagners irritating singing voice (especially that falsetto). The album is well produced and carefully arranged but the overall result is just not all that memorable.

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So boring and generally rough vocals throughout. 4

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I don't get it. The arrangements are elaborate enough and the band (backed by a small orchestra it would seem) played them them perfectly. The production is slick and polished. The vocals are full of nicotine soaked rasp. The lyrics are dense and feel like short stories or letters read outloud. But the music just lacks anything to connect to. Each song just sort of lilts into the next. The emotional register of each song is perfectly uniform, bordering on monotone. Funny enough, "What Else Could It Be?" is like the one song I felt something with, and it's the one where the vocalist is singing in a screeching falsetto that seems two modulations higher than the vocalist dares belong. Yet, it kinda worked for me. So, what am I missing? Why is this album on the list?

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Wikipedia lists the genre of this album as "Countrypolitan," which is a cursed word that should not exist. After listening to this guy's falsetto, the jury is out on the band itself as well. Best track: Up with People

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It's an album. Apparently I listened to most of it but I'm not really sure when that took place. Nothing stood out and I wouldn't go back to it.

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SHACK. I want to give it 5 stars for the lamby goodness, but I just can't.

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I don't get the "universal acclaim" for this album. Maybe I'm not sophisticated enough?

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Calling this alt-country is like calling Metallica alt-disco, which is no comment on the music, just the inanity of the genre designation. As for my comment on the music: too limp and too slight. There are definitely some nostalgic reflexes in here, but I'm not sure what era they're harking back to and I'm not sure Wagner is either.

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5

yes.

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5

My favourite ‘chop

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5

22nd September 2021 Listened on my phone on the way out to an early birthday dinner with jen at an incredible Italian restaurant. I had heard of lambchop through Andy but hadn't properly listen to them and assumed they were super heavy but I didn't think they'd be this relaxing indie mellow band. Loved it.

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5

A sweet surprise. A candid voice singing delicious songs. Loved the guitar tune and chorus. I am adding some of these songs to my personal playlists now!

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5

I have never heard of Lambchop, but the album cover for NIXON made me very happy, so I was excited to put this record on. Turns out the cover is a great representation for what's inside. Quirky, inscrutable, but so pleasant. I loved the orchestral easy listening sound and the lyrics - even though I often had no idea what they meant. Felt like what Burt Bacharach might compose if he were really, really stoned. Highlights: "The Old Gold Shoe" - who starts an album like this? I appreciate the confidence of making such a laid back track the opener. "Grumpus" is one of my favorites on the album. I really wanted to be drinking a pink squirrel in a dark lounge while this was playing. SOOO nice! "Be square and kind to all your friends Stop staring through the bitter lens." This song has advice I can use. "You Masculine You" made me laugh immediately as the title juxtaposes with the falsetto delivery. But it is oh so lovely. "Up With People" felt like... an Up With People concert? The clapping, the backing choir, the happy music... uplifting! "Nashville Parent" had me floating on a very strange cloud where I observed neighbors fighting, owls decapitating rodents, spit on my chest, and a fiberglass funny face on the wall. I love being made so comfortable and happy while having no idea what is going on. "What Else Could It Be?" could be the easy listening version of a Bee Gees song with its lush violins and falsetto performance. I loved the ending. "The Distance From Her To There" had a real country feel that I loved. The steel guitar, the vibraphone - oh yes! "The Book I Haven't Read" is a lovely love song - the only one I can think of with the word 'disgusting' in it. I wish it were written for me. "The Petrified Florist" with its clever title is one of the darker songs on the album... definitely sensed some tension here. "The Butcher Boy" followed up with a really dark story. Because it seemed to make perfect sense I wondered if my brain had been reprogrammed ... then I had a look at the credits on Wikipedia and realized that this was an old traditional American folk song. The Apple Music credits show the writer as Lambchop since they did take liberties with the traditional song. Really unique take on this. NIXON's inscrutability doesn't bother me because the music is so nice and the singer so approachable - kind of a cross between Cat Stevens and Barry Gibb. The lyrics often felt like another instrument to me - when they didn't make sense I was satisfied with the sounds they made and the feelings they evoked. NIXON is a strange, wonderful place where I feel warm, welcome and comfortable that I will revisit often.

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Immediately infectious! I can't believe I never heard of them. Loved it!

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What a find! I have never heard this band before but I loved listening to this!

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5

beautiful western, classical, alt-rock album - 10/10 his vocal range is also really impressive

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5

Ok I've had this saved for a couple of weeks. I can't categorise it, but why should I? Get Richard Hawley vibes one day, Jarvis Cocker the next. Ok, it's not an platinum best seller classic, but I REALLY like this.

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5

Easy listening, interesting and fun!

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5

Wow, never ad erd of thees before. It is very nice.

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5

Have never heard of this band before. Really enjoyed this album. Thought the instrumentation, arrangements, and lyrics were all compelling and unique. I admire the blending of different popular styles to create something new and fun to listen to. This album has a great blend of easier listening tunes and ones you need to focus on. It reminded me of other indie bands like maybe Wilco, especially the lead’s soft, slightly acerbic voice and observational lyrics. I will totally recommend this album to others now that I know it.

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4

Interesting album. Gets a bit repetitive later on, and the last song is questionable as fuck, but overall very interesting. Closer to a 3.7 maybe.

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4

Really good!

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sounds good.

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I enjoyed this

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4

I would say a 3.5

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4

Listened to this whole album while playing Snowrunner, and it's a very good match for the vibe. 4/5

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4

A really beautiful album. Like a warm hug. Lyrical, melodic.

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4

At first I didn't like it too much, but as the album progressed it got more alike songs I would listen to, so overall I enjoyed it

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4

A great story telling album. Each piece is connected to the next and the ones after. The lyrics in this album are the main aspect to be listening for, but the backing track cannot be ignored either. It portrays the emotion it wants to nearly perfectly. My only gripe is that the falsetto the singer does isn't that great. Favorite track: Nashville Parent

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4

Slick grand and well structured indie rock. I am surprised how much I enjoyed this album. Instantly reels you in.

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4

Great turn-of-the-millenium rock album, reminds me of The National

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4

Er zit vast meer achter maar de muziek is aardig. Ik ga er nog eens naar luisteren

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4

This sounded amazing… heard a lot of chatter about this album in the early noughties; never explored. I will now.

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4

I do enjoy the soothing sound of this music. It feels like maybe it was recorded in 1969, but then it has a few humorously startling phrases to break that spell (e.g. "And decapitate a rodent or a mouse.") The song titles are all delightful. I love the full instrumentation. Vibraphone! On first listening, this music sometimes slipped into the background. Giving it a more focused listen, I really appreciated it. My list of favorite songs keeps getting longer. I will thus single out "Nashville Parent" as a song that has everything I love about this album.

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mjög nice og kosy plata, minnir mig á destroyer, virkar líklega mjög vel við alls konar tilefni, dinner, chilla, lesa, læra, whatever basically. bara allt í allt geðveikt nice plata, er að hlusta á The Book I Havent Read á meðan ég skrifa þetta, sjúklega þægilegt lag. ég er eiginlega korter í 5 stjörnurnar, ég ákveð það á morgun þegar ég má loksins gefa rating. þetta generator dót er veisla maður

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4

Pretty good! I like the instrumentals a lot. Vary much soul /folk rock. Relaxing!

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4

Wagner's voice is like salted caramel chocolate. It shouldn't work but it does. Likewise, Nixon feels too mature an album to be a genuine breakthrough hit, but here we are...

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4

Interesting, would watch at a festival

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4

Not what I was expecting from a band called lambchop but it was solid chill music

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4

Hadn't heard this in over 20 years. I find myself rather better disposed towards it now somehow. "Grumpus" and "Up With People" are still my favourite tracks from it, but now we can also add "The Petrified Forest" which I'd entirely forgotten (how *could* I have forgotten that wild flanging?). Really not a fan of Kurt's falsetto, though...

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4

There was something gripping about this record. I liked the slow pace of the music & rich arrangements. Highlight: Butcher Boy

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Very chill, and nice voice, will listen to it some more

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very good. Quirky. I enjoyed it a lot!

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Nice folk smooth

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3

Not bad, kind of forgettable.

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Not sure what to call the genre. They sing, maybe light mellow pop? Pretty simple guitar/drum backing.

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I know of Lampchop from the Mr. M album, which I think I listened to cause of a Pitchfork review. First two tracks on this album I enjoyed, but as it went on some things didn't do much for me. I think I like his voice, but sometimes the falsetto is too much, in small doses I like it but, the way it's used gets a bit annoying.

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Me terminó gustando

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Maybe a bit boring for me, but I appreciate the humanity of the music - you can really hear a person in it. By chance, Lambchop happened to drop an album on the day I listened to this - 5/21/21, and the sound and feel are largely the same, except for his more recent embrace of auto tune.

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ok, this band, and album was one i couldn't get into. it was just trying so hard to to be out there, and trippy for the sake of it, and didn't come off at all well to me. they had like a kind of...elevator music feel to it, and while i didn't outright like it, i didn't hate it either, it just kinda felt like it's great to put on in the background.

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Muy igual pero ahí masó menos.

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I can appreciate the music of this album and how carefully crafted it is, but it was on the whole maybe a bit too relaxing to listen to.... still kinda good though Favorite tracks: “Up With People,” “Nashville Parent,” and “Butcher Boy”

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NO lo tengo claro. Es raro

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3/5

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"The guy on the cross is holier than I But then again he's made from plastic" (The gold old shoe)

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I would give this another listen.

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3

A pretty album. Easy to listen to, nice compositions, but left little impact on me. The title and cover art imply it's a heavily political album but I ended up sort of drifting away to the sweet melodies. This one is interesting because it's kind of tinged with country/alt-country but it lands on a more pop sound with hints of soul. It's a unique sound and I like how it's developed over time. Reminds me of Magnolia Electric Co., but Jason Molina is untouchable. Lambchop will have to sit comfortably in that shadow.

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Mieux que ce que j'aurais pensé. Assez doux. Fav : Nashville Parent : ressemble à un son de King Crimson (genre the wind je sais pas quoi) + The butcher boy (live) :jolie !

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emchs tu commences serieusement a me les briser, 3/5

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Album ima ljetnu auru. Mnogo instrumenata se može naći na albumu, a ja mislio da ulazim u nu metal album. Dakle više je bazirano na chamber pop/rocku sa nekim dost dobrim stvarima. Kroz album postoje 2 vrste vokala, skvičavi i normalni, e sad jesu to drugačiji likovi ili jedan lik? Ne znam. You Musculine You, Grumpus, Nashville Parent dost dobre pjesme pogotovo YMY.

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leichter, funky sound. Spannendes Konzept-Album mit passender klanglichen Entwicklung über das gesamte Album. Kein Titel der wirklich heraus sticht, aber viele schöne Melodien bei denen meist der Text in den Hintergrund geriet. Den klanglichen Höhepunkt erreicht das Album mit petrified florist. Nicht gefallen sind Gesangsabschnitte mit einer fast Kleinkind artigen Stimme. 3,5

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3

Plenty here that’s interesting, but they’d get a higher adjusted r-squared if they removed a few variables. 2.5 stars

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3

Interesante. Música relajada para escuchar mientras hago otra cosa.

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3

I enjoyed this album it was a little too mellow but interesting listen. 3.5 stars

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3

Not bad

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3

Interesting, would need another listen to really get a grip of it I feel.

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I am not sure what this was. The music is interesting and sweeping at times, though the vocals seems to alternate between a whispering falsetto and spoken word. I actually like the music, though the singing seems to detract from the vibe instead of enhancing it. Still, i don't actually dislike it, so a straight-up 3 seems to fit.

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5/10. Fairly boring as best as I could tell

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6/10 listenable but i wouldn't really care to listen again. quality varied wildly between songs

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3.5

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3

Quite enjoyed it, especially early on

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Maybe I wasn't quite doing the album justice. But having it playing in the background, I never felt like it stood out in a positive way at any point. Just pleasant background music flowing along. Sounding more good than bad, but very uneventful. The song that stood out most was the final track. And I didn't particularly like it.

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6.95/10

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alright, kinda makes me feel like an old man 3 or 4 stars because its not bad easy listening just kinda bad in general.

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3

Had potential to be a five star find a la Elbow but never quite got there

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3

Lots of strings and a very chill vibe throughout, and the singer has a very unique voice that grew on me through the listen. It was good, but mostly background sound instead of something that compelled me to keep listening.

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3

I purchased this on the back of the Zero 7 remix of Up With People, a Gilles Peterson staple on Worldwide at the time. None of the record sounded like the remix, of course. But, I liked it, even though it was distant to my tastes. Revisiting it now, it's a very pretty record. Gets better towards the end.

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3

Now see that's an interesting album. "Up With People" has popped up on some of my other playlists. While I'm not sure it's something I'd turn to regularly, I might put it on again. I liked the layering of tracks, subtle brass and string sections, non-predictable lyrics, and groovy licks. That all makes for an unexpectedly enjoyable album to listen to versus, say, The Triffids. Surprised to learn they were out of Nashville.

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3

Never listened to this before, though I'm familiar with the cover of this album. That said the cover, and perhaps the name had me expecting something a lot closer to early 2000s pop punk and I'm glad that's not what I got.

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3

3.5 Never heard this before and kinda dug it.

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3

Luuugn rock

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3

delicate, breathy vocals, spacious yet rich countrypolitan/americana arrangements with lush strings, a reflective, thoughtful album. I'm less keen on the falsetto songs.

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3

Found this very weird. The vocals rubbed me the wrong way, and that was even before the super weird supplemental vocals kicked in on some of the songs.

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3

I like the classical instrumentation and am very much enjoying the chill vibes of this album. I was initially thinking it might be a 4 for this album, but as it turned out I was not excited enough by any of the songs specifically. It is a strong 3 from me but I am not going to put this album on again any time sun

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3

This album wasn't at all what I expected, and I still am not sure whether that's a good or bad thing! A pleasant enough listen that I don't think does enough for me to make it a favourite.

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3

Saw the album cover and the band name, thought "Ohhh a potential metal band?" It was not a metal band. Just fine, is how I think I'd describe this album, didn't really hit it off with me.

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3

I would like to listen to this again

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3

Pleasant enough but nothing special. A great example of a 'fine' album, no standout tracks in one way or another and it mostly faded into the background.

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3

Like if Burt Bacharach started doing heroin

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3

Interested album. Heavy Leonard Cohen vibes, but I enjoyed the music a bit more. Not my go-to, but didn't hate it.

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3

Maybe this is a slow burn and with a few more listens I would love it. I really loved Up With People from its first hand-claps and thought during the first listen there was another song that I liked a lot. But on the second listen I realized it was just another version of Up With People. The rest was fine but nothing else particularly grabbed me. Nice and mellow though.

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I have not heard of Nixon before. So, this was a first listen for Lambchop. It was okay for me. There was nothing offensive to me, but there was also nothing all that interesting for me. There were a few moments when my ears perked to a catchy musical lick only to have the entire composition just fade into the background.

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3

I didn't expect this to be such a chill listen

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3

Nice chill sound. My favorites were grumpus and up with the people

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Nice sound. Really nice. That is the beginning tracks. "Grumpus" has a lovely, flowy feel that was just relaxing. "Up With People" has a fun sound ... but I am always a sucker for brass in songs. But the last 2 tracks of the album really fell off. "Petrified Florist" sounded like the singer was being tortured. "Butcher Boy" was just a flat, unexciting, jumble of sound. Enjoyed. Will look into them some more.

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3

Mellow, in a Sunday morning in Spring, while making pancakes and supping on a fresh coffee kind of mellow. That is before you get to the last couple of tracks that are a bit heavier, like the sediment in your French coffee press, gritty. Could be a grower, an acquired taste.

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3

Another new one on me. Good in places

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Very pretty. Lush orchestral backing. However, some mumbled vocals and a few falsetto curiosities! Reminds me of Sufjan Stevens. Was expecting alt-country not sweet melodic chamber pop/blue eyed soul! A high 3 for its accessibility.

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3

It didn’t really grab me, but musically it was fine. Don’t know if I would go back and Re listen but I can see the appeal

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3

I was looking forward to this as I knew it was alt-country but had never got round to listening to it. It's actually a bit closer to pop. Up with people is very good but a lot of the album is a bit easy listening. I'm not sure about his falsetto either

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3

I associate Lambchop with bass vocals, so was surprised that most of this record was in falsetto. It’s definitely not what I was expecting, but it felt both a little underdone and a little overdone, in general. I did think that the first song worked really well in its indie rock vibe, I just wish that the rest of the album followed suit.

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3

It's all pretty meh.

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I'm not sure I've ever heard of the "alternative country" genre, but I suppose it's a fitting title for this type of music. This album was pretty cool. It was a nice blend of weird and melancholy and funny and interesting. You know, staples of the alternative country movement. :)

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3

Pleasingly pleasant, after expecting something a lot more shouty with that title.

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3

Pop rock. Suave. Aburridito.

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Something between R&B and soul music, Nixon is a combination of smooth, sweet sounds that act like a balm on your soul. By nature very atmospheric, if you're not in the appropiate mood it can get quite grating after a while, someone adding honey to the cup of tea you were looking forward to drinking bitter. Nevertheless at the right moment it's a pleasant, soothing experience

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3

Boring as hell

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3

Showgazed tempo and early millennium indie sensibilities coalesce here to craft something easy to listen to but difficult to truly enjoy.

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3

Kinda reminds me of Lullaby for the Working Class, except not as sad.

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3

behagelig jobbemusikk men ikkje så mykje meir

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3

Denne har jeg faktisk kjøpt en gang i tiden og hørt en gang. Mye bedre enn jeg husker.

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3

I found this just dull. It wafted past without leaving a mark.Apparently it's 'alternative country'.

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3

Up With People is a 5. The songs that remind me of Beck are okay. Props for naming the band after a Sherry Lewis puppet.

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3

Haven't heard of the band, quite enjoyable album

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3

Yee-har.

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3

There's a clear musical link between this and Leonard Cohen, who was last up. Leonard doesn't do anything for me and yet there's something I like about this album. It feels more thought out, structured and accomplished.

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3

Didn’t really care for this. Not bad, not good.

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It was impossible to tell what this was by the cover. And it's like a modern version of folk rock, hurrah. What a hilariously over-represented genre in this list. I'd be outright laughing if this album wasn't such a snoozefest. 2/5

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2

This album has already faded from my memory and I listened to it yesterday

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Right off the bat I can tell that the vocal style isn't gonna work for me. Maybe with a different singer I could get down with this but I just can't take it seriously. In fact I find it positively annoying.

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Kinda stinky

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This is ok, it’s just sort of bland. It’s like the Carpenters without strong vocals. I did enjoy some of the horns and strings. Ironically it reminds me of an artist I really love, Spottiswoode and His Enemies. Similar style, similar instrumentation, but Spottiswoode is so much more interesting. 2 stars.

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me at the beginning: oh, this is interesting me 3 tracks in: this fuckin' guy i did like the final track, though - butcher boy. that was alright

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Anther huge meh by this list...

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I like the overall sound, but honestly, nothing strikes me. Good to find other stuff from, because it was close to scratching an itch.

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Few good songs. Ok album

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It started off strong, but it wasn't that great. It's not that it was bad, but it wasn't really my thing. I hear a lot of Bowie in the singer's voice, but it still didn't interest me. Highlights: 1, and 2.

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Ok

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I don't like this very much

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An interesting sound. Light rock with a bit of mushy tempo.

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Great for insomniacs

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Relaxing but still upbeat alt-country. I think Lambchop got more interesting later on but there's no denying that that started here.

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It's ok, not as country as I thought it might be which is good.. 'Up with People' is a nice one, otherwise a bit bland in places

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this is weird but also somehow pleasant? this is basically room music for me. its more just boring and strange.

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I have no opinion on this other than it doesn't really trip my trigger.

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Musikjournalisten, die dies, wie der Schreiber vom NME, für "sheer sonorous delight" halten, sollten sich dringend einen anderen Job suchen, da es ihnen an der dafür essenziellen Urteilsfähigkeit mangelt - und vielleicht als Kinderbuchautor reüssieren. Das Songwriting auf diesem Album ist so nichtssagend, dass es schon wieder ärgerlich ist. Die ungekonnte Kopfstimme macht es auch nicht besser.

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Had to bail out. No tempo - wasn’t doing it for me

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2.5

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“After rejecting the names REN, Pinnacles of Cream, and Turd Goes Back, the band settled on Lambchop…”

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This is the soundtrack of white people Twitter.

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listenable, but not something i'd come back to

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My first thoughts whilst listening to this record were that it's very easy to forget it's playing. Like when you're just sat at home on a Tuesday evening and you pop a bit of hardcore porn on, just for company. Isn't it sweet that Bang Bros is a family run company?

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Lambchop? Never heard of them. But, you know what? I really like it. It is an interesting sound. I don't think it feels country or even alternative country at all. I think the songs seemed a big on the dull side the first time I heard it but they really started growing on me. The tone and feeling of the album is quite nice. Lyrically, it sounds like a hodgepodge of nonsense at times, but if you read between the lines you can get of gist of what they are saying (sometimes). Interesting none-the-less. I'm giving it only a 2/5 for now, but I am sure that will go up with further listens.

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It's mostly okay? I have an issue with albums that don't feel memorable, either lyrically or musically and this one just feels merely okay. It's not offensive, but I don't think I'll ever go back and actually seek it out.

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Nyt ei kyl ihan iske, jotenkin todella kädenlämpöistä tämmöstä menneiden vuosikymmenten hipsu-indiefiilistelyä. Teksteissä on jotain herkkyyttä mut musapuolen herttainen sävy ei toimi. Butcher Boy ehkä levyn paras biisi mutta on liian vähän, liian myöhään. 2/5.

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Instrujutut paikoin kivoja ja Grumpus oli hyvä biisi. Mutta laulutyyli rasautti ja loppua kohti aika keskinkertaista muutenkin. Indie rockin ystävänä pieni pettymys, kun oli jo pidempään pitänyt Lambchopia kuunnella.

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Eipä juuri säväyttänyt, tuntuu aika random levyltä ollakseen tällä listalla.

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Jos Leonard Cohen olis syntynyt myöhemmin ja kiinnitetty jollekki hipsuhtavalle pienlevylafkalle niin tää olis tulos. Mulla ei oo mitään tätä vastaan, mutta aika taustamusaksi tää jää. Yksikään levyn koukku ei aiheuttaa mitään fiilistä että wau! Sanat myös aika nonsensea, mikä saa mut lyyrikkona kyl aina vähä nihkeännahkeaksi. Kansi on tosi tyylikäs. Siit mä diggailen. 2/5

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Initially interesting, but quickly fell off for me. Two stars for good instrumentation.

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It was innocuous enough, but I wouldn't seek it out. Probably would not have listened through to the end if I weren't doing something else at the same time

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I got all excited when that one song dropped, and thought this was going to be a barnstormer, but then nothing else dropped. I looked up some of the lyrics and was fairly unimpressed.

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It was alright for background music with dinner. Nothing special though.

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Strange crooning, falsetto ballads. It’s like some of the slower Ween stuff, but not as well written

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Not that it was a bad album its just not for me. Kept thinking "the next song" but in the end it was a solid shoulder shrug.

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What a potpourri of genres and sounds. But they're all centered around a voice that isn't very interesting to me. Why is this record on the list. Would be a 3/5 in the normal world. But it's a 2/5 on this list - not as egregious as the worst here. But nothing special.

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Weird…

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Here's the thing: during the early naughts, a bunch of British critics on the lookout for the next Mercury Rev gave raving reviews on this album made by an American alt-country/indie-rock act from Nashville, leaving other critics from the other side of the pond a little nonplussed as to what their honorable colleagues from the U.K. really saw in that band. Here's what one of those more skeptical American critics wrote at the time ; "*Nixon* serves as a reminder that expertly executed stylistic hybrids and ironic juxtapositions-- great though they may be-- don't replace memorable songwriting. Sure, it's a novel concept, but while some of us may still be patient enough to "get it" five albums into the band's career, Wagner's talent and unique vision should demand a more challenging album." This somewhat skeptical reception, here taken from a Pitchfork review, perfectly trancribes my own feelings about *Nixon*. In spite of the lush arrangements drawing on Philly soul, nothing much special happens in terms of melody, discernable intensities or sense of dynamics in the course of this long record. When Kurt Wagner goes into that strange falsetto mode, conveniently buried in the mix, it just feels cringeworthy instead of fragile or graceful or charming. The whole thing sounds so... remote, like generic background music droning in some hipsters'café. Even "Up With People", the supposed centerpiece of the album, would actually be a very minor cut in most of the records from the nineties and early naughts that made Dimery's list. If only for this, I'm also deeply confused at what some people really see in *Nixon*, just like most American critics at the time. Maybe it's that incredible artwork setting them into some sort of mood beforehand. Such cover is indeed incredible, and it made me want to love this record so much. Except that I didn't... Should I continue here? Does this foppish thing deserve so many words to describe it ? Some people think it does, apparently. Pitchfork made amends later on for instance, probably still under the lasting influence of those slightly deluded British critics we've mentioned earlier. Just in case that first honest reviewer of theirs might have missed out on something truly earth-shattering, they called a true fan to write a second review about the album's reissue. And here's what this new reviewer wrote in passing: "Even as a fan, I understand the ways in which Lambchop can seem standoffish and cold." It seems that second reviewer was as honest as the first at least. However, the *real* problem with Lambchop might not be about *temperature* or so-called "sophistication". I actually don't feel as if Lambchop are looking down upon us poor mortals. I feel like they're looking at nowhere in particular, that their stare are totally blank. This is not shoegaze here. This is *nothinggaze*. And this empty feeling can even be explained in purely *musical* terms. To this listener, the real problem is indeed that Kurt Wagner never tried hard to write proper hooks, or choruses, or even simple endearing moments, anything substantial that could make you relate to the proceedings. It seems that what *Nixon* is really all about is style. And style is sometimes not conducive to good writing. So, is this an album you must *absolutely* listen to? Not to me. Lambchop are excellent musicians and arrangers, no doubt about that. But the spark is missing here--that sort of spark you can find in acts that are not so far away from the territory supposedly explored here: stuff like Deerhunter, Vic Chesnutt or even Kevin Morby. In all those examples, you can often find two pivotal ingredients that seal the deal for most listeners of likewise genres: memorable melodies and recognizable emotions. And sadly, *Nixon* only very rarely uses those two pivotal ingredients. Of course, in a list a 5001 albums instead of 1001, such album would be noteworthy, if only for its overall stylistic intent (and artwork). But fans got to understand *some* acquired tastes are often harder to acquire than others... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 947 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 24 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 14. Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important to me): 16

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Nie porywa, flat mnie brzmi jak soundtrack z romansidła. 2.5/5

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Bit weird, not uninteresting.

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Meh.

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I'm not really sure how to classify this music. IDK, it's not for me.

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Gjesp

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Modern easy listening? A bit beatlesesque as well. Vocals were unique.

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Not exactly my forte, Its somewhere between Ween and Pavement. Kind of chill, maybe too chill. I wanted it to go "off" at some point and it just kind of went. The band was clearly great, really good sound, but you know.

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C’est bizarre mais pas mauvais. Ca s’ecoute bien mais il n’y a rien vraiment qui sort du lot. Ca ne m’a rien q’porte et il est temps que je note ces qlbums plus severemnt 2.75

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Far from the worst albums this list made me endure, but still - I fail to see the alleged specialness this album holds over thousands of others that is supposed to be the trait that sent it into this list. This is the definition of "nothing special".

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It's not bad, in an 80s Leonard Cohen on a budget kind of way. I'm not here for not bad though. Really good musicianship, but the songs are somewhat somnambulistic. Definitely couldn't rate it one, but I have no intention of going back to this ever, so I can't give it much more than that.

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Listened Before? N Well, this album definitely has a British vibe to it, despite being American. It's easy to see why they were more popular in England than the US. For me, it's a bit too slow and sleepy. There's some neat sounding disco-style keyboards. It's not awful, just not my cup of tea (no pun intended). Added to Library? N Songs added to playlist: Grumpus

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Escuché una rola y no pude más. No es cierto, pa que vean el nivel de compromiso: me chuté toda esta chingadera completa

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Wow that was dreadfully boring and monotonous. The last song was the only redeeming quality.

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Hated it at the time. Hate it now.

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Just didn’t like it.

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Didn't enjoy

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Bored the tits off me

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The best of this album IMO: - Grumpus - The Butcher Boy Boring... Not my thing at all... I usually love falsetto voices but this one is awful. There better be a Gorillaz album (my favorite band) in this list because I don't understand how Nixon can be in the top 1001. 1.4/5

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Instrumentals we're decent, vocals and mixing terrible.

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To be honest don't remember listening it was just like a moment in time that was so unexceptional!

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Boring

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The only good thing about this band was that it gave my colleague an idea for tea tonight......

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Offensive that it was ever compared to Pet Sounds

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No ty

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This shit sucked. My god it was boring as hell. Sometimes I think this author has no idea WTF he’s talking about. This in NO way needs to be heard before you die.

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Tragiczny album. Na początek zaczynał się tylko jak nudny soundtrack z jakiegoś rom-comu. Potem okazało się, że głos wokalisty jeszcze mi bardzo nie odpowiada, a szczególnie jak zaczyna się to wycie. Aranżacje muzyczne na wskroś nudne. Dałbym 2, ale biorąc pod uwagę, że już na początku albumu wypatrywałem kiedy to się skończy, daję po prostu 1

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Wow. This sucked. Like genuinely, this is absolutely atrocious and borderline unlistenable. I found nothing redeeming in this and was relieved when it finally ended after 50 minutes. Too long, too repetitive, the music sucks and the vocals are horrible. Good god, the vocals are so bad. How can you make a song like "You Masculine You" and think you've created art. I'm almost 150 albums deep and this is was the hardest thing to finish save for maybe L'Eau Rouge by The Young Gods. Watergate.

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Nope

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In the words of Bill Knust, this isn't my jam.

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This sounds like nothing that was going on around 2000. Almost like it should be in the 60s or 70s. It’s weird. Trying to figure out where this fits in the realm of 1001 albums I have to listen to. I feel like countless bands did this better 30-40 years before these guys did this. 1 star because I can’t give it zero.

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