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Is A Woman (Merge Records)

By: Cam Lindsay

In 2000, Lambchop released NIXON, a sincere blend of country, soul and gospel, without restricting itself to any one of the styles. The album was highly praised by critics and fans, and has been the highlight of the band's 10 year career. Is A Woman, their new and sixth full-length album, is not only better than Nixon, but is also one of the best albums of the year, guaranteed. Different, in so many ways from their other work, Is A Woman is intimate, sweet, lovely and welcome throughout the whole record. What is most impressive is Kurt Wagner's vocals, which at times, have been difficult in the past to listen to, changing his voice from a deep bellow to a high falsetto. However, this time around, the difficult falsetto is kept to a minimum, and Wagner lets everything loose, using honest and delicate vocals.

What can really be said about this heavenly music? Lush, breezy and mellow, each song here is a testament to the band's blues. Themes such as loss, suicide, death, love and relationships are all covered in a way that does not depress and instead, sounds like a celebration; a quiet one. To choose one word to describe this record would be easy. It's beautiful. Soft, simple, natural, orchestral and warm beauty.

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