Older Than My Old Man Now

Older Than My Old Man Now

by Loudon Wainwright IIILoudon Wainwright III


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Loudon Wainwright III's Older Than My Old Man Now deals primarily with the inevitable: mortality, but not without his trademarked brand of cranky, wiseacre (and sometime just plain mean-spirited) sense of humor. Wainwright spends most of his time here "writing about my favorite protagonist: me." That said, this is actually as much an album about the ties that bind permanently (family) as it is about approaching death. On "The Here & Now," the opening track, Wainwright enlists all four of his children, ex-wife Suzzy Roche, and current wife Ritamarie Kelly. Guitarist John Scofield helps makes this the jazziest thing he's ever written -- and it's easily the best track here. He uses spoken word recordings by his late father (a well-known LIFE Magazine columnist), which makes this the ultimate Wainwright family album. "In C," a duet with cellist Erik Friedlander and his own piano and vocals, is a rather poignant meditation on family, complete with dissolution, divorce, and disaster. Wainwright's answer? "And if families didn't break apart/I suppose there'd be no need for art." But it sounds disingenuous -- Wainwright treasures his family, no matter what shape it's in, because it haunts him; it's ultimately unbreakable despite his best efforts -- this is underscored by "All in a Family," recorded with daughter Lucy and accordionist Rob Morseberger. He competes with his dad on the title track, which is introduced by a beautiful spoken word piece by the columnist about his own father. His dad's voice and poignant prose also introduce "The Days That We Die," on which son Rufus appears. The song reflects the complex relationship between Loudon and his dad, and also the publicly acknowledged tense one between him and Rufus -- as if to underscore those differences, they alternate verses. The beautiful "Over the Hill" is the only collaborative writing effort with Wainwright's late ex-wife, Kate McGarrigle; it is sung with their daughter Martha. "Something's Out to Get Me," with its violins and baritone saxophone, is a fine melancholy blues to send it all off. Not everything works here, however. "I Remember Sex" with Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage), and "My Meds" are just plain bad; "Double Lifetime" with Ramblin' Jack Elliot reveals Wainwright's humor stretched to the metaphorical breaking point, and "Date Line" feels more like it was just forced into the mix because he liked it, not because it works. Older Than My Old Man Now contains some excellent work when Wainwright's not putting on false bravado or bullshitting, but ultimately, this is for his hardcore fans rather than casual ones.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2012
Label: Storysound Records
UPC: 0634457558427
catalogNumber: 3
Rank: 235975

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Loudon Wainwright   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Chris Smither   Guitar,Vocals
John Scofield   Electric Guitar
Mike Whellans   Harmonica
Ramblin' Jack Elliott   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Elson   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Erik Friedlander   Cello
Ben Perowsky   Drums
Suzzy Roche   Vocals,Background Vocals
Marcus Rojas   Tuba
Chaim Tannenbaum   Vocals,Background Vocals
Martha Wainwright   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rufus Wainwright   Vocals,Background Vocals
Will Holshouser   Accordion
Paul Asaro   Piano
Matt Munisteri   Banjo,Guitar
Tim Luntzel   Bass
Edna Everage   Vocals
Rob Moose   Violin
Rob Morsberger   Accordion
Gabriel Kahane   Piano,Spinet
Lucy Wainwright Roche   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ritamarie Kelly   Background Vocals
Mike Karz   Bouzouki
Lexie Kelly Wainwright   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Loudon Wainwright   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Erik Friedlander   String Arrangements
Scott Lehrer   Engineer
Stewart Lerman   Engineer
Robin Morton   Producer,Engineer
Johnny Lee Schell   Engineer
Kate McGarrigle   Composer
Mike Kappus   Booking
Dick Connette   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Tim Bernett   Management
Rob Moose   Composer,String Arrangements
Alex Venguer   Engineer
Ewan MacGregor   Engineer
Gabriel Kahane   Transformation
Gloria Kaba   Engineer
Terri F. Baker   Legal Advisor
Paul Charles   Booking
Dom Boucher   Engineer

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