Older Than My Old Man Now

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Loudon Wainwright III's Older Than My Old Man Now deals primarily with the inevitable: mortality, but not without his trademarked brand of cranky, wiseacre and sometime just plain mean-spirited sense of humor. Wainwright spends most of his time here "writing about my favorite protagonist: me." That said, this is actually as much an album about the ties that bind permanently family as it is about approaching death. On "The Here & Now," the opening track, Wainwright enlists all four of his children, ex-wife Suzzy Roche, and current wife Ritamarie Kelly. Guitarist John Scofield helps makes this the jazziest thing he's ever written -- and it's easily the best track here. He ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Loudon Wainwright III's Older Than My Old Man Now deals primarily with the inevitable: mortality, but not without his trademarked brand of cranky, wiseacre and sometime just plain mean-spirited sense of humor. Wainwright spends most of his time here "writing about my favorite protagonist: me." That said, this is actually as much an album about the ties that bind permanently family as it is about approaching death. On "The Here & Now," the opening track, Wainwright enlists all four of his children, ex-wife Suzzy Roche, and current wife Ritamarie Kelly. Guitarist John Scofield helps makes this the jazziest thing he's ever written -- and it's easily the best track here. He uses spoken word recordings by his late father a well-known LIFE Magazine columnist, which makes this the ultimate Wainwright family album. "In C," a duet with cellist Erik Friedlander and his own piano and vocals, is a rather poignant meditation on family, complete with dissolution, divorce, and disaster. Wainwright's answer? "And if families didn't break apart/I suppose there'd be no need for art." But it sounds disingenuous -- Wainwright treasures his family, no matter what shape it's in, because it haunts him; it's ultimately unbreakable despite his best efforts -- this is underscored by "All in a Family," recorded with daughter Lucy and accordionist Rob Morseberger. He competes with his dad on the title track, which is introduced by a beautiful spoken word piece by the columnist about his own father. His dad's voice and poignant prose also introduce "The Days That We Die," on which son Rufus appears. The song reflects the complex relationship between Loudon and his dad, and also the publicly acknowledged tense one between him and Rufus -- as if to underscore those differences, they alternate verses. The beautiful "Over the Hill" is the only collaborative writing effort with Wainwright's late ex-wife, Kate McGarrigle; it is sung with their daughter Martha. "Something's Out to Get Me," with its violins and baritone saxophone, is a fine melancholy blues to send it all off. Not everything works here, however. "I Remember Sex" with Barry Humphries Dame Edna Everage, and "My Meds" are just plain bad; "Double Lifetime" with Ramblin' Jack Elliot reveals Wainwright's humor stretched to the metaphorical breaking point, and "Date Line" feels more like it was just forced into the mix because he liked it, not because it works. Older Than My Old Man Now contains some excellent work when Wainwright's not putting on false bravado or bullshitting, but ultimately, this is for his hardcore fans rather than casual ones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • Label: Story Sound Records
  • UPC: 634457558427
  • Catalog Number: 3
  • Sales rank: 40,453

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Here & the Now (3:43)
  2. 2 In C (5:48)
  3. 3 Older Than My Old Man Now (4:11)
  4. 4 Double Lifetime (2:18)
  5. 5 Date Line (2:55)
  6. 6 All In a Family (2:35)
  7. 7 My Meds (3:24)
  8. 8 Interlude (2:40)
  9. 9 Over the Hill (2:36)
  10. 10 Ghost Blues (4:04)
  11. 11 I Remember Sex (5:15)
  12. 12 Somebody Else (3:10)
  13. 13 The Days That We Die (4:05)
  14. 14 10 (3:19)
  15. 15 Something's Out to Get Me (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Chris Smither Guitar, Vocals
John Scofield Electric Guitar
Mike Whellans Harmonica
Ramblin' Jack Elliott Guitar, Vocals
Steve Elson Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Erik Friedlander Cello
Ben Perowsky Drums
Suzzy Roche Vocals, Background Vocals
Marcus Rojas Tuba
Chaim Tannenbaum Vocals, Background Vocals
Martha Wainwright Vocals, Background Vocals
Rufus Wainwright Vocals, Background Vocals
Will Holshouser Accordion
Paul Asaro Piano
Matt Munisteri Banjo, Guitar
Tim Luntzel Bass
Dame Edna Everage Vocals
Rob Moose Violin
Rob Morsberger Accordion
Gabriel Kahane Piano, Spinet
Lucy Wainwright Roche Vocals, Background Vocals
Ritamarie Kelly Background Vocals
Mike Karz Bouzouki
Lexie Kelly Wainwright Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Erik Friedlander String Arrangements
Scott Lehrer Engineer
Stewart Lerman Engineer
Robin Morton Producer, Engineer
Johnny Lee Schell Engineer
Kate McGarrigle Composer
Scott Hull Mastering
Mike Kappus Booking
Dick Connette Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Tim Bernett Management
Rob Moose Composer, String Arrangements
Alex Venguer Engineer
Ewan MacGregor Engineer
Gabriel Kahane Transformation
Gloria Kaba Engineer
Terri F. Baker Legal Advisor
Paul Charles Booking
Dom Boucher Engineer
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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Heard a lot of this record live - thoroughly enjoyable~

    Loudon Wainwright's dry sense of humor and gritty sarcasm rally on this record. I can't say we're diehard fans or longtime followers, but his recent performance at Clearwater Festival was funny, insightful, self effacing and downright charming. He performed on fathers day and there was laughter, joy and irony in the air. We're buying the CD for dads we know and love.

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