My review of the reissue of Lambchop’s career highlight Nixon went up at PopMatters:
Nixon is the culmination of the “countrypolitan” path that started on 1996’s How I Quit Smoking; its soulful blend of country, gospel, r&b and late ‘60s/early ‘70s chamber pop reached a state of maximal ornamentation and nearly baroque arrangements. Since this point, they’ve steadily removed country signifiers. It’s hard to hear recognizable country tropes on their latest album, Mr. M, even though they’re occasionally still referred to as “Nashville’s most fucked up country band”. This left Nixon as both the fork in the road and a singular, solitary peak. Instead of following a path possibly paved with gilded country lilies, Lambchop would redefine themselves with Is a Woman, a languid front-porch lounge record that is spartan in comparison.