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What Another Man Spills
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  • Lambchop includes: Kurt Wagner (vocals, guitar); Deanna Varagona (vocals); Paul Burch (steel guitar); Allen Lowrey, Marc Trovillion, Scott Chase.
  • It's unclear exactly who fostered the misconception that Lambchop was some kind of alt-country band, but it's an inexplicable notion that will be immediately be dispelled upon listening to WHAT ANOTHER MAN SPILLS (or any of their other albums, for that matter). Closer in spirit to the Tindersticks than Son Volt, the band uses lush orchestrations that include strings, woodwind, vibes and pedal steel to support main songwriter Kurt Wagner's strange, understated vocals and quirky, poetic, often humorous lyrics. Unlike Tindersticks, Pinetop Seven, Willard Grant Conspiracy, etc., Lambchop has enough light-heartedness in their work to keep things from getting morose. An unexpected new development here is a newfound sense of funk, exemplified by the Curtis Mayfield cover "Give Me Your Love," complete with wah-wah guitar and blaxploitation-style strings.
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Uncut (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he band made a further unexpected stylistic leap, this time into soul music..."

Melody Maker (5/16/00, p.47) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "Lushly soulful alt-country music, like Will Oldham if he took caseloads of mellow drugs and somehow convinced Motown to release his material."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he Southern warmth of 'The Saturday Option' and 'Scamper' reveal Lambchop were heading towards the country-soul revival tent."
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