How I Quit Smoking

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All Music Guide - Kurt Wolff
Lambchop hails from Nashville and claims to play a "refined, and redefined" style of country music, but the songs the band creates on its second album, How I Quit Smoking, have more in common with Brit crooners the Tindersticks than Chet Atkins and Billy Sherrill whom the Lambchop members claim as heroes. Boasting 13 players on this album, Lambchop feels more like an art collective on a mission of enlightenment than a country band bent on AM airplay. Still, with subtlely threads of clarinet, sax, organ, and even a full string section integrated into the mix alongside a double-necked lap steel and an impressive lineup of vintage guitars, the music is so lush, lovely, and ...
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All Music Guide - Kurt Wolff
Lambchop hails from Nashville and claims to play a "refined, and redefined" style of country music, but the songs the band creates on its second album, How I Quit Smoking, have more in common with Brit crooners the Tindersticks than Chet Atkins and Billy Sherrill whom the Lambchop members claim as heroes. Boasting 13 players on this album, Lambchop feels more like an art collective on a mission of enlightenment than a country band bent on AM airplay. Still, with subtlely threads of clarinet, sax, organ, and even a full string section integrated into the mix alongside a double-necked lap steel and an impressive lineup of vintage guitars, the music is so lush, lovely, and thoroughly hypnotic you can see their point. The country element lies buried in the subtle rhythms and melodies, surfacing in the quiet moan of the lap steel or the melancholic flutter of the strings. Spooky as often as it is soothing, Lambchop's music may not be the fireside countrypolitan of Atkins or Sherrill -- I don't think either would put up with the babbling rhymes of "Smuckers," the sinister guitars that mark "The Militant," or the existential undercurrents of "The Scary Caroler." But this is music that will lull you to sleep like a cup of Sleepytime tea as much as it will give you dreams to remember.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/1996
  • Label: Merge Records
  • UPC: 036172939725
  • Catalog Number: 29397
  • Sales rank: 194,857

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 For Which We Are Truly Thankful (2:59)
  2. 2 The Man Who Loved Beer (2:48)
  3. 3 The Militant (3:36)
  4. 4 We Never Argue (4:14)
  5. 5 Life's Little Tragedy (4:16)
  6. 6 Suzieju (4:24)
  7. 7 All Smiles and Mariachi (3:31)
  8. 8 The Scary Caroler (4:43)
  9. 9 Smuckers (4:33)
  10. 10 The Militant (2:56)
  11. 11 Garf (4:31)
  12. 12 Your Life as a Sequel (4:19)
  13. 13 Theöne (4:55)
  14. 14 Again (1:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lambchop Primary Artist
Mike Doster String Bass
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Hank Tilbury Banjo
Kurt Wagner Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar
Steve Goodhue Guitar
Paul Niehaus Guitar (Double Neck)
Deanna Varagona Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Allen Lowrey Drums
Jonathan Marx Clarinet, Cornet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
John Delworth Hammond Organ, farfisa organ
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer
John Catchings Contributor
Robb Earls Engineer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Your Starry Eyes Producer
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