Unrequited

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All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
The first half of Unrequited is made up of studio recordings with various accompaniments, while side two was recorded live at the Bottom Line in New York City. This duality effectively showcases the strengths and weaknesses of Loudon Wainwright III's music, for he has always been much more potent when less orchestration is added to his simple folk songs. The album kicks off with a heavily rocked-up "Sweet Nothings," perhaps the least interesting track on the disc. It is followed by "The Lowly Tourist," which moves to a reggae beat with a sound that borrows blatantly from Paul Simon's "Mother and Child Reunion." The album picks up after this, as the instrumentation becomes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
The first half of Unrequited is made up of studio recordings with various accompaniments, while side two was recorded live at the Bottom Line in New York City. This duality effectively showcases the strengths and weaknesses of Loudon Wainwright III's music, for he has always been much more potent when less orchestration is added to his simple folk songs. The album kicks off with a heavily rocked-up "Sweet Nothings," perhaps the least interesting track on the disc. It is followed by "The Lowly Tourist," which moves to a reggae beat with a sound that borrows blatantly from Paul Simon's "Mother and Child Reunion." The album picks up after this, as the instrumentation becomes less obtrusive and the lyrics come more to the forefront. "Crime of Passion" features an understated arrangement with a nice touch from Richard Greene's violin. Side two presents Wainwright in his natural element, alone with a guitar on the stage of a small Greenwich Village club. Here, one can hear the lyrical craftsman at work, taking the audience along on an entertaining ride. "On the Rocks" begins, "You say you got domestic problems, well you should get a load of mine." "Mr. Guilty" is a classic Wainwright performance piece, with the title character feeling anything but. The album wraps up with "Rufus Is a Tit Man," about Loudon's boy Rufus being fed by his mom: "You can tell by the way the boy burps that it's gotta taste fine."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972509228
  • Catalog Number: 725092
  • Sales rank: 51,037

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Lyle Ritz Bass
Richard Greene Violin
John Hall Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Harvey Brooks Bass
Richard Crooks Drums
Martin Fierro Saxophone
Marty Grebb Keyboards
Anna McGarrigle Vocals
Kate & Anna McGarrigle Vocals
Jay Migliori Wind
Don Payne Bass
Klaus Voormann Bass
Greg Thomas Drums
Technical Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Producer, Liner Notes
Bruce Dickinson Reissue Producer
David Sanborn Contributor
Lyle Ritz Contributor
George Gerdes Contributor
Jim Keltner Contributor
Richard Green Contributor
Harvey Brooks Contributor
Ron Colbertson Contributor
Martin Fierro Contributor
Freebo Contributor
Marty Grebb Contributor
Christopher Guest Contributor
Mark Harmon Arranger, Producer
Frank Kleiger Contributor
Anna McGarrigle Contributor
Jay Migliori Contributor
Klaus Voormann Contributor
Randy Wallace Contributor
Austin DeLone Contributor
Adam Taylor Engineer
Mark Harman Engineer
Kate McGarrigle Contributor
John Berg Cover Design
Don Hunstein Cover Photo
Jon Hall Contributor
Gillian Wong Art Direction
Milt Kramer Producer
Mike Cimicata Packaging Manager
Greg Thomas Contributor
Calvin Hardy Contributor
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