Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Strange Weirdos

Strange Weirdos is Loudon Wainwright III's most recent album and is also the soundtrack to the film Knocked Up. No this album does not contain songs like Shimmy Shimmy Ya or Rock Lobster but is rather songs from and inspired by the film (mostly inspired by). There are a few songs that were featured in the movie such as Daughter and Grey in L.A. but this album rings very true to Loudon's usual work. 

The album is great and of course Wainwright's voice is perfect as always. There are a lot of great fun songs on here such as X or Y, Feel So Good, and Passion Play but he also takes some breaks to slow down and relax on Lullaby and Final Frontier. Most of the songs are some sort of love song in one way or another. Some are more personal than others and some sadder than others. I'm not sure if it's his voice or if what the songs are about actually happened to him, but he sings each song with a lot of passion and a lot emotion. 

My personal favorite song on the album is X or Y. It's a fun song with a lot of bluesy influence and you can really feel Loudon's voice and energy come through on the track. The background vocals are a nice touch and the twangy guitar is a nice accompaniment. So whether your new to Wainwright III's work or your veteran, this is a good purchase. There are a few songs I could live without so maybe you want to pick and choose on iTunes but it's worth checking out.

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