“Album III” by Loudon Wainwright III - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1972Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

A considerable dive-bomb after the brilliant start he made with his 1970 and 1971 long-players. Album opener, “Dead Skunk”, goes for a country novelty vibe, literally describing a dead skunk in the middle of a busy road and the smell it produces for pedestrians. Cerebral it ain't. I sometimes wonder if openers affect my ratings as the album develops, but I'd like to think not. Rather, the tracks which follow are a bit boring and a bit MOR, only the stripped-back “Muse Blues” showing some first-half form, notably without the session band. Similarly on side two “Drinking Song” gets back to basics and rates highly. My overall feeling is that he'd have been well advised to steer clear of session musicians playing 1972 soft-rock session music; overheating impairs flavour.

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A1 [03:05] 4.8.png Loudon Wainwright III - Dead Skunk (Loudon Wainwright III) Alternative Country
A2 [01:49] 4.7.png Loudon Wainwright III - Red Guitar (Loudon Wainwright III) Songwriter
A3 [02:56] 4.4.png Loudon Wainwright III - East Indian Princess (Loudon Wainwright III) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
A4 [02:53] 6.6.png Loudon Wainwright III - Muse Blues (Loudon Wainwright III) Folk
A5 [01:49] 5.4.png Loudon Wainwright III - Hometeam Crowd (Loudon Wainwright III) Cerebral Pop
A6 [02:26] 5.1.png Loudon Wainwright III - B Side (Loudon Wainwright III) Alternative Folk
B1 [03:14] 6.2.png Loudon Wainwright III - Needless To Say (Loudon Wainwright III) Songwriter
B2 [02:31] 4.5.png Loudon Wainwright III - Smokey Joe’s Café (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B3 [03:00] 5.3.png Loudon Wainwright III - New Paint (Loudon Wainwright III) Folk
B4 [03:11] 4.7.png Loudon Wainwright III - Trilogy (Circa 1967) (Loudon Wainwright III) Songwriter
B5 [02:55] 7.0.png Loudon Wainwright III - Drinking Song (Loudon Wainwright III) Folk
B6 [02:30] 5.8.png Loudon Wainwright III - Say That You Love Me (Loudon Wainwright III) Folk Rock / Americana

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