Lambchop - Showtunes
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2021 Ratings: #200 / 702
User Score
Based on 72 ratings
2021 Ratings: #625
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God Is in the TV
It draws on the very best of the tradition it alludes to, while playfully subverting it. It’s rare to hear music at once so experimental and also so entirely pleasurable – fleeting moments rendered immortal.
Loud and Quiet
A restless, dense, audacious and genuinely experimental record that, despite sounding not quite like anything the band have made before, nonetheless retains their personality and wit, retooled for another reinvention.
It all adds up to another fascinating entry in the ever-evolving Lambchop spectrum, all slow texture, repurposed approaches and augmented familiarity.
It’s beautiful, meditative stuff, even though this may be a more “difficult” Lambchop, with less in the way of obvious melodies to ground the listener.

Kurt Wagner’s appetite for change hasn’t dwindled, and Lambchop’s succinct 16th is, thanks to his MIDI piano experiments, particularly tempting.

The Observer
An album whose title suggests razzmatazz but delivers Wagner’s customary laid-back profundity with well placed digital embellishments.
Spectrum Culture
It’s a perplexing record from a perplexing band, and a record that feels — all at once — scattershot, incomplete, and perfectly executed.
Beats Per Minute
He may not draw in many new fans from this one-act performance, but it’s still one of the band’s most intriguing and well-executed productions nonetheless.
Under The Radar
Wagner continues to mine a vein of mournful gentleness but can’t help but continue to chop and quarter as he goes, which only ups the interest in revisiting the album. Because it is always best when you paint with all the colors.

By emphasizing the pleasures of listening, Wagner invites you to savor the small, exquisite moments on Showtunes.

This would work better as background music than witnessed on stage as not much exciting happens. That's on purpose. This is music to chill with and ponder quietly.
The album puts too much emphasis on its cool side rather than the warmth that truly elevates the music, but there is more than enough beauty and empathy here to make this well worth your time and attention.
The Arts Desk

The album is barely over half an hour long, but in the wrong mood it can feel much longer. There certainly aren’t any of the big choruses Wagner is capable of ... and little levity all round.


Not since "Is A Woman" has Kurt Wagner sustained such precariousness of form, enveloped and warped in the stone-cold, late-night atmospherics of a record like Destroyer's "Kaputt" or The Blue Nile's "Hats". The smudged murmur of a postmodern sketchbook, the wonder and allure of the showtune, all performed at such a distance from the stage, that is to say, from itself. "Showtunes for people who don't like showtunes"—and yet engaged in its own kind of ... read more


At first this latest from Lambchop seemed somehow incomplete, but now the half hour runtime feels perfectly concise. The showtune style instrumentation the title alludes to is here, but deployed in a typically understated and unconventional fashion.

Almost as good as FLOTUS even.


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Added on: March 16, 2021