Aw C'mon

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After the spare musical textures of Lambchop's 2002 album, Is a Woman, Kurt Wagner and his king-sized chamber pop ensemble have returned to full force with Aw C'mon, the first of two albums the group released on the same day in February 2004. Ambitious, eclectic, and boasting lush string charts performed by the Nashville String Machine the orchestra-for-hire that has been adding countrypolitian polish to country & western recording sessions since the 1970s, Aw C'mon as well as its sibling, No, You C'mon easily trumps Nixon for widescreen musical grandeur, which makes for a lovely if puzzling contrast with the whispered thumbnail sketches of Wagner's lyrics and vocals. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After the spare musical textures of Lambchop's 2002 album, Is a Woman, Kurt Wagner and his king-sized chamber pop ensemble have returned to full force with Aw C'mon, the first of two albums the group released on the same day in February 2004. Ambitious, eclectic, and boasting lush string charts performed by the Nashville String Machine the orchestra-for-hire that has been adding countrypolitian polish to country & western recording sessions since the 1970s, Aw C'mon as well as its sibling, No, You C'mon easily trumps Nixon for widescreen musical grandeur, which makes for a lovely if puzzling contrast with the whispered thumbnail sketches of Wagner's lyrics and vocals. Delivered in a craggy murmur and often mixed low enough that one sometimes has to strain to hear them, Kurt Wagner's stories focus on the small details of life's big events rather than the shape of the larger picture, while his music builds an impressive sonic mosaic out of the assorted tones and textures of this 13-piece ensemble and the myriad pop, R&B, and country influences that inform his music. In fact, the album's instrumental cuts, "Being Tyler," "The Lone Official," and "Timothy B. Schmidt," pack nearly as much emotional resonance as most of the vocal numbers, which seems to reinforce the notion that Wagner is going for mood as much as message here. Aw C'mon is lovely, compelling, mysterious, and confounding; it's hard to know just what is supposed to lurk at the core of this music, but Lambchop have given listeners enough fine music that digging to the center is fine and rewarding work.
Blender - Dennis Lim
Aw Cmon keeps the orchestral Americana on an ambient, after-hours simmer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2004
  • Label: Merge Records
  • UPC: 036172954025
  • Catalog Number: 29540
  • Sales rank: 348,970

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lambchop Primary Artist
Benny Martin Drums
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Matt Swanson Bass, Group Member
Sam Baker Drums, Group Member
Kurt Wagner Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Alex McManus Guitar, Thumb Piano, Group Member
Tony Crow Piano, Group Member
Curtiss Pernice Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Paul Niehaus Guitar, Steel Guitar, Group Member
Deanna Varagona Vocals, Group Member
Marc William Trovillion electronics, Group Member
Allen Lowrey Percussion, Group Member
Jonathan Marx electronics, Group Member
John Delworth Group Member
Willie Tyler Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Craig Allen Art Direction
Lloyd Barry String Arrangements
Jim DeMain Mastering
Mark Nevers Producer, Engineer
Lambchop Arranger
Kurt Wagner Composer, Producer
Jerry Joyner Art Direction
Wayne White Cover Painting
John Delworth Contributor
William Tyler Composer
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