Haven't Got the Blues (Yet)

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All Music Guide - Rich Wilson
Haven't Got the Blues (Yet) sees the return of American singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III and follows his 2012 release Older Than My Old Man Now. Not one to shy away from the subject of death and depression, Wainwright also takes on dog-walking, Christmas, and divorce this time, in his usual sardonic way. Guest vocals also come from daughter Martha on the reflective "I Knew Your Mother."
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Twenty-six albums in, Loudon Wainwright's signature is etched even more deeply into the American songsmith grain on Haven't Got the Blues (Yet). Voiced in blues, roots, rock, country, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rich Wilson
Haven't Got the Blues (Yet) sees the return of American singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III and follows his 2012 release Older Than My Old Man Now. Not one to shy away from the subject of death and depression, Wainwright also takes on dog-walking, Christmas, and divorce this time, in his usual sardonic way. Guest vocals also come from daughter Martha on the reflective "I Knew Your Mother."
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Twenty-six albums in, Loudon Wainwright's signature is etched even more deeply into the American songsmith grain on Haven't Got the Blues (Yet). Voiced in blues, roots, rock, country, folk, and even swing-jazz, his funny, biting, often tender observations of the four D's -- decay, death, depression, and drinking -- are all present, as are his dog Harry's unwelcome gifts, love in old age, and subjects that, as usual, engage questionable taste. Working once more with producer and longtime musical cohort David Mansfield and a wide array of musicians including horn and wind players, daughter Lucy Wainwright and the ubiquitous Aiofe O'Donovan also appear on backing vocals. The vintage '50s-style rock & roll of "Brand New Dance" kicks the set off: "There's a new dance craze sweeping the land/First you get outta bed then you attempt to stand...Now here's the hard part, here's the bad news/You got to bend over and put on your shoes..." "Spaced," a klezmer tune about alternate side-street parking, features a fine clarinet solo by Doug Wieselman and accordion by Andy Burton. "In a Hurry" is one of those great, empathic Wainwright songs. Played by a trio with Mansfield and Burton, its speaking subject is a pauper who addresses a businessman in a train station. He expresses his sympathy and lets him know he wouldn't trade worlds -- or troubles -- with him. Blues makes its presence known in "Depression Blues" (the back cover photograph of "Freud Lemon Jefferson" illustrates the song's subject; it's so hilarious it needs to be witnessed). Western Swing frames "The Morgue," a black-humored last laugh from a broken heart. Country and folk inhabit the center of the album on three excellent tunes -- "Harmless" (written by the late songwriter Michael Marra), "Man & Dog," and "Harlan County." "I Knew Your Mother" is a birthday song -- presumably for Lucy, who sings backup -- and is refreshingly honest about his relationship with his late ex-wife Kate McGarrigle. "I'll Be Killing You This Christmas" is a lithe swing tune with a deeply critical view of the NRA's propaganda war following the Newtown shootings. O'Donovan and bajo master Tony Trischka aid on the bluesy, beautifully written country-gospel in "God & Man." The set winds down with the droll jazz-blues of the title track -- which names the cover photograph's subject, sad clown Emmett Kelly. Finally, "Last Day of the Year" is an old-world saloon song. It's poignant in summoning the autumnal subjects of earlier tracks on HGTB(Y), and suggests that Wainwright accepts, with grudging respect, the aging process and what it entails, but he's still looking forward to new beginnings, however bittersweet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2014
  • Label: 429 Records
  • UPC: 795041799722
  • Catalog Number: 17997
  • Sales rank: 1,741

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brand New Dance (3:35)
  2. 2 Spaced (3:56)
  3. 3 In a Hurry (5:16)
  4. 4 Depression Blues (3:48)
  5. 5 The Morgue (1:54)
  6. 6 Harmless (3:35)
  7. 7 Man & Dog (3:56)
  8. 8 Harlan County (3:04)
  9. 9 I Knew Your Mother (2:57)
  10. 10 Looking at the Calendar (3:15)
  11. 11 I'll Be Killing You This Christmas (3:34)
  12. 12 God & Nature (3:28)
  13. 13 Haven't Got the Blues (Yet) (3:24)
  14. 14 Last Day of the Year (2:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Tony Trischka Banjo
Andy Burton Piano, Accordion
Steve Elson Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Fowlkes Trombone
Stan Harrison Baritone Saxophone
David Mansfield Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bouzouki, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Violin, Celeste, Drums, Bass Drums, Harmonium, Tambourine, Ukulele, Viola, Spoons, Electric Sitar, Mandocello, sleigh bells, tin whistle, Fretless Banjo, Tenor Ukelele, Vocal Harmony, Weissenborn
Sammy Merendino Drums
Marcus Rojas Tuba
Chaim Tannenbaum Harmonica, Vocal Harmony
Andy Taub Jew's Harp
Doug Wieselman Clarinet
Martha Wainwright Background Vocals
Will Holshouser Accordion
Glenn Patscha Organ
Tim Luntzel Bass, Upright Bass
Aoife O'Donovan Vocal Harmony
Joe Strasser Drums
Dom Flemons Harmonica, Jug
Jeffrey Carney Upright Bass
Steve Bernstein Trumpet
Armand Hirsch Guitar
Technical Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Composer
Hugh Brown Illustrations
David Mansfield Programming, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, String Section
Michael Marra Composer
Andy Taub Engineer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Derik Lee Drum Engineering
Phil Joly Engineer
Joseph Janney Steinmetz Cover Photo
Terry Allen Sculpture
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