Lambchop – My Blue Wave

From “Is A Woman” (2002) Lambchop’s firmly based in Nashville, but any twang they may have once possessed disappeared long ago. An increasingly large collective of under-the-radar Music City talent, Lambchop is the brainchild of Kurt Wagner, whos used the band to craft everything from hayseed pop to vintage soul. Its an increasingly eclectic mix thats gained Wagner & company a bushel full of street cred even if that hasnt translated into blockbuster sales. Theyre also one of those bands thats impossible to describe. In the bands own words, Lambchop consists of two guitars, one bass, two drummers, pedal steel guitar, open-end wrenches, lacquer-thinner can, organ, xylophone, euphonium, trombone, baritone sax, trumpet, clarinet, bongoes, resonating metal square, and a vanilla extract bottle. With Is a Woman, add piano to the list, and Lambchop uses it to concoct a strange delight of a record. Consistent in mood throughout its 11 songs, Is a Woman weaves a languid vibe; lounge influences are obvious in the musics smoothness, but that term fails to convey the musics sheer class and meditative nature. The disc opens with a classic piano intro—one that wouldnt be out of place on a placid Liberace number—before settling into a muted interplay of piano and soulful guitar. This mood is sustained throughout the entire record, with only a few variations (the gently loping Flick, the spooky vibe of Caterpillar, the hushed but sprightly groove of D. Scott Parsley); it successfully