Release Date: Aug 22, 2006
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Alt-Country
We are drawn to music that depicts long, dark nights of the soul. From Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear to Big Star's Sister Lovers and Joy Division's Closer, music fans reserve a precious regard for artists who endure a spiritual or creative breakdown only to somehow emerge brandishing a lucid, harrowing testimony to their despair. Lambchop main man Kurt Wagner went into the band's eighth studio album confronting his own fragile mortality full on.
After the ambitious sweep of releasing two full albums on a single day in 2004 and creating a collaborative electronic EP with Hands Off Cuba while assembling a collection of singles and rarities in 2005, one can hardly blame Kurt Wagner and his partners in Lambchop for wanting to take on a less challenging project for the group's ninth album proper. And indeed, Damaged is a simpler and more streamlined effort than Lambchop have offered over their last several releases. Damaged is a set of ten elegant tone poems which rarely call full attention to the size and scope of the 15-person ensemble (enhanced with a string section) employed for these sessions.