Lambchop - The Bible
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2022 Ratings: #155 / 760
User Score
Based on 96 ratings
2022 Ratings: #358
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September 30, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
Merge, City Slang / Label
Art Pop / Genres / Website
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It’s the work of a focused artist who is consistently attempting to stretch out the parameters of their own ever-expanding sonic world. ... Yet another late-career highlight.
God Is in the TV

Much as Coppola had done for cinema nearly forty years ago with Rumblefish, Wagner has repeated the feat here with The Bible by creating an expressionistic, existential musical masterpiece.

Spectrum Culture

The Bible, from "Nashville's most fucked-up country band" and everybody's favorite musical shapeshifters, is the most fun you'll have contemplating mortality this year.

The latest from Kurt Wagner’s shapeshifting group is its darkest yet: a haunting ode to everyday American pain and the small ways we make it through.

Cryptic, allusive, impressionistic, The Bible needs its own concordance at times. Yet, after three decades on a quest to close in on the mysteries of being human, Wagner's perceptive edge hasn't blunted.

The Arts Desk
Spiritual salves and soulful dismay in Kurt Wagner's prayer for a crumbling America.
Kurt Wagner’s sixteenth release sees him ploughing his own furrow, producing yet another unvarnished gem of a record.
Beats Per Minute
While reckoning with the struggles of his dad, nostalgia for his old Nashville haunts, and lingering questions regarding his own relevance, Wagner has helped to shepherd one of Lambchop’s finest records in almost two decades.
The Observer
All of life – and death – is here in the band’s numinous 16th album.
The Line of Best Fit

The Bible coheres into a seamlessly strong and unified album that deserves to not only be ranked alongside Nixon (2000), Damaged (2006) and Mr. M (2012) as one of the veteran outfit’s strongest, but also celebrated as one of the most remarkably inspired records of 2022.


It has been quite some time since Lambchop lived up to their old slogan "Nashville's most f-ed-up country band," but on The Bible, Kurt Wagner bravely steps into new territory both musically and lyrically, and it's a beautiful and frequently moving experience.

Wagner sounds rejuvenated after following a different path on the way to making this record than on Lambchop’s three previous albums in just as many years.
Under The Radar

Far from the book on which The Bible takes its name, there are no signs of the end times for Lambchop. Wagner seems literally incapable of running out of ideas, and The Bible has plenty of good ones.

American Songwriter

The Bible may not be the last word as far as this band’s creativity is concerned, but as always, Lambchop’s music is worth heeding.

Loud and Quiet

The use of powerful backing vocals on poignant tracks like ‘Police Dog Blues’ or ‘Whatever Mortal’ against Wagner’s unconventional delivery leaves him sounding more hangdog than top dog, but that’s a role he excels in and has built his career upon.


Lambchop are indie melancholics, I'm sure they will record better records than The Bible, Kurt Wagner confidently takes the team to the peak of creativity, making Lambchop one of the main indie bands in the world.
© 2022


The Bible is a marvel of meticulous home-studio recording, uncompromised by bandmates or collaborators. It's dynamic and clever, with the constantly shifting array of production details beautifully underscoring Wagner's cryptic, and contemplative lyricism.


It's unsurprising 'The Bible' continues the logical progression established since 2016's 'FLOTUS' but what's interesting about this third album since then is how it alters the perception of this entire latter career stage; this is a weighty tome after the somewhat slight 'Showtunes' and as such practically begs fans to reassess not only each of these recent albums in terms of how they rank against each another, but also how this run rates when compared to the band's earlier material. There's ... read more

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Added on: June 16, 2022