Lambchop - Mr. M
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2012 Ratings: #148 / 1061
User Score
Based on 62 ratings
2012 Ratings: #118
Liked by 2 people
February 21, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Merge / City Slang / Label / Website
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A.V. Club

It’s unified and purposeful, combining what Lambchop already knows how to do with some tricks the band hasn’t really attempted before.

Consequence of Sound

Mr. M will stand as one of Lambchop’s finest, most cohesive, and easiest straight-through listens yet, despite its intermediate tendencies.


Mr. M sounds aware of itself as an argument-- an argument for the kind of patience the music on it demands.

The 405

With this release, Wagner has proven that he can still write songs which both move and inspire.

Beats Per Minute

It manages to sound familiar while sounding entirely new, all the while making it clear that this is a sound only Lambchop could create.


There is a lot of sadness on the album. At their core these are songs of isolation, desperation and the distance between people.


This isn’t an album that’s likely to change anything, but nor does it deserve to just pass by unnoticed

Under The Radar

Mr. M is the band at its best—lush is the word, and frustratingly effortless, and yet so grounded by lead oddball Kurt Wagner's creaking voice and timeless themes

Drowned in Sound

These 11 songs, inspired by the recent death of Wagner’s friend, alt-country hero Vic Chestnutt, are melancholic, slow and seriously sad.

No Ripcord

Mr. M does not represent a step forward for Lambchop. In fact, if anything, it’s a step backwards.

There are those rare, fleeting months when you're just totally in love with a sound, with a creative vision, from a band that speaks directly to you: an artist who writes on your heart.... And that's all you have the ears for. Since my last great affair, with Yo La Tengo, I've been drifting through a variety of LPs without that same singular sense of attachment or affinity. Perhaps it's appropriate that Lambchop—a band I discovered by way of their collaboration with Yo La Tengo on ... read more
As brilliant a record as any they have made. Lambchop continues to surprise, delight and enthrall its fans with its trademark blend of Southern Goth and Intell-Pop. A beautiful testament to the collaborative friendship that prevailed between Wagner and Chestnutt.
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Added on: December 5, 2011