This (is what I wanted to tell you)

Lambchop - This (is what I wanted to tell you)
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2019 Ratings: #241 / 760
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Based on 99 ratings
2019 Ratings: #418
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God Is in the TV

Opaque as it is, it feels like a snapshot of life, and life as it is lived right now. Musically there’s not a moment here that isn’t complete and forward thinking.


They’re looking forward, stepping outside of their comfort zone and creating some of the most interesting, ambitious music of their long career.

He’s made great records before, even exciting and unexpected ones, but never one so comforting and compassionate.

It's a heavy listen, but potentially a rapturous one as well, for anyone who has ever experienced a reverie of aging and all it entails.


Like many career songwriters over the age of 40, frontman Kurt Wagner has gone more personal, lyrically, and like any rational person in these hopeful, troubled times, his words are heavy on observations and reactions, but short on actual answers to social ailments.

The Guardian

This is admittedly very similar to Bon Iver’s recent work, but there is enough innate Wagner drollery to keep it tangibly Lambchop, even if the delivery means the lyrics are a little less stark in their presentation.

The Line of Best Fit

Wagner’s parched baritone burr ... is coated in digital effects, which – against the odds – make his performances seem more expressive, warm and richly musical.

While this is hardly country or f*cked up, it's strange, beautiful, and the sort of thing only Kurt Wagner could create, and we're lucky to have him around.
Between his Nashville roots and his digital dreams, it feels like Kurt Wagner has fresh new frontiers to light out for.

Yet another great release from one of the most consistently interesting bands around.

Spectrum Culture

Time will tell how much more changing Lambchop does, but however they do it, it’ll undoubtedly be just as beautiful as This.

Slant Magazine

These modern trappings are just misdirection, doing little to obscure the fact that he seems to be feeling more out of time than ever.

Under The Radar

This (is what I wanted to tell you) is in no way an entry point to Lambchop, and even to longtime fans, the rumbles found within might leave you desiring more-that's not to say This (is what I wanted to tell you) isn't a decently curious exploration into a well-seasoned songwriting veteran.

This is some hawt drumming for a Lambchop.
I get to see the rain hit my window tonight. How lovely.

Explaining to someone why they should like Lambchop is like trying to explain to someone why they should like blue cheese dressing. You can't, it's kind of an acquired taste. By all means, Lambchop is no boundary pushing behemoth of a band, but rather a spacious one.

'This (is what I wanted to tell you)' continues the artistic direction taken with their (incredibly underrated) last outing 'Flotus'. However, it's far more realized and ... read more
I keep listening to this over and over again hoping I like it more. It starts off SO strong but the quality really drops in the second half in my opinion. The long track lengths aren't helping.
Weirdly love this one
Seems like I'm fully invested in Wagner's autotune fase.
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#39/Les Inrocks

Track List

  1. The New Isn’t So You Anymore
  2. Crosswords, or What This Says About You
  3. Everything for You
  4. The Lasting Last of You
  5. The Air Is Heavy and I Should Be Listening to You
  6. The December-ish You
  7. This Is What I Wanted to Tell You
  8. Flower
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Added on: December 10, 2018