Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lambchop Get a Grip at Last; POP

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lambchop Get a Grip at Last; POP

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Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD

Lambchop

Shepherds Bush Empire

FOR all their critical acclaim, Nashville collective Lambchop have never slipped into mainstream consciousness. Those who revere them, revere their winning way with a subtle melody, leader Kurt Wagner's ennui-laden lyrics and their sheer devotion to the craft of song. Last time around, almost two years ago, they were so quiet as to be almost inaudible.

How times change. Last night, augmented by a Polish string quartet, they rocked, intermittently but authentically. The chorus of Betweemus was as full of pomp as Queen; Nothing Adventurous Please was no holds barred, seemingly unironic thrash and a cover of The Stranglers' (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) was louder and more sneering than the original.

Their splendidly titled two new albums, Awcmon and Noyoucmon offered hints of a broadening of sound.

A selection of fully rounded, breathless instrumentals - Sunrise was especially jolly - sounded like the themes to the best Seventies television programme you never saw. …

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