Nixon (album)

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Lambchop-Nixon (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Lambchop
Released February 8, 2000
Genre Alternative country
Length 49:44
Label Merge
Lambchop chronology
What Another Man Spills
(1998)What Another Man Spills1998
Tools in the Dryer
(2001)Tools in the Dryer2001

Nixon is the fifth studio album by American rock band Lambchop. The album was released on February 8, 2000 and became a critical and commercial breakthrough for the band, especially in the United Kingdom, where it polled highly in several year-end polls in music magazines, among them Uncut magazine.[1] The song "Up with People" was subsequently remixed by Zero 7.

The sleeve is a painting by Wayne White, a childhood friend of Lambchop frontman Kurt Wagner who had also provided cover art for the band's albums Thriller, Aw Cmon and No You Cmon.[2]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]
Mojo5/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork6.5/10 (2000)[9]
8.3/10 (2014)[10]
Q4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[12]
Uncut5/5 stars[14]

Nixon was released to highly positive reviews from music critics, holding a score of 84 out of 100 on the review aggregator website Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim".[3] It was particularly well-received in the United Kingdom,[10] where it received glowing reviews from publications such as NME, who dubbed the band's greatest album and compared its "sheer sonorous delight" to The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds,[8] as well as Uncut, who praised it as "one of the first great records of the new millennium."[14]

Nixon was later included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kurt Wagner, except where noted.

1."The Old Gold Shoe"6:21
3."You Masculine You"5:59
4."Up with People"5:59
5."Nashville Parent"5:38
6."What Else Could It Be?"3:38
7."The Distance from Her to There"4:20
8."The Book I Haven't Read" (Wagner, Curtis Mayfield)5:44
9."The Petrified Florist"4:52
10."The Butcher Boy" (traditional)2:54
Total length:49:44


  1. ^ "Rock music lists". Archived from the original on 25 January 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008. 
  2. ^ Lambchop: Nixon » Sleevage » Album Cover Blog. Music, Art, Design
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for Nixon by Lambchop". Metacritic. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ Deming, Mark. "Nixon – Lambchop". AllMusic. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ Brunner, Rob (February 25, 2000). "Nixon". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ Cromelin, Richard (March 12, 2000). "Lambchop, 'Nixon,' Merge". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Lambchop: Nixon". Mojo (206): 112. January 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Martin, Gavin (February 5, 2000). "Lambchop – Nixon". NME. Archived from the original on March 1, 2000. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ Rockermann, Kristin Sage (October 10, 2000). "Lambchop: Nixon". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Powell, Mike (January 29, 2014). "Lambchop: Nixon". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Lambchop: Nixon". Q (162): 102. March 2000. 
  12. ^ Kot, Greg (March 2, 2000). "Lambchop: Nixon". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 18, 2007. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  13. ^ Milner, Greg (March 2000). "Lambchop: Nixon". Spin. 16 (5): 120. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Lambchop: Nixon". Uncut (34): 73–74. March 2000. 
  15. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.