Rolling Stone - 3/4/93, p.644 Stars
- Excellent - "...An intimate, painfully honest album...inspired...unforgettable..."
Entertainment Weekly - 1/7/93, p.124Ranked #5
in Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top 10 Albums Of 1992.
Entertainment Weekly - 11/20/92, p.90
"..One of the strongest albums in this consummately witty, honest singer-songwriter's two-decade career...a small masterpiece.." - Rating: A
Musician - 2/93, p.89
"...Wainwright's finest album in 22 years...[his] shining moment of personal introspection...tremendous..."
Audio Magazine (3/93, p.86) - Sound: A- / Performance: A- - "...an intense and revealing ride....one of Loudon's best..."
Additional personnel: The Roches, The McGarrigles, Syd Straw.
Personnel: Loudon Wainwright III (vocals, guitar); Chaim Tannenbaum (vocals, banjo, harmonica); Jeffrey Lesser , Kate McGarrigle, Anna McGarrigle, Syd Straw, The Roches (vocals); David Mansfield (guitar, electric guitar, violin); David Nichtern (acoustic guitar); Stephen Tubin (accordion, organ); Paul Ossola (acoustic bass); Chris Parker (drums, percussion); Robin Gould (drums).
Audio Mixer: Jeffrey Lesser .
Photographers: Peter Cunningham; Hans Neleman; Marshall Fallwell.
The title of this Loudon Wainwright album refers not to a look back at the singer/songwriter's career, but to his own life, a place that has proven a rich source for some of Wainwrigth's finest material over the years. "The Picture" examines the way that the passage of time has affected his own family. "Hitting You" is a chilling recollection of an incident in which Wainwright struck one of his children in a rash fit of anger. That the incident has remained so vivid is a testament his continued undiminished self-disgust over a moment that took place decades prior. Wainwright captures a sense of our common humanity in both that moment and the enduring memory. "Talking New Bob Dylan" takes a typically humorous look at the fact that Wainwright was branded a "new Bob Dylan" when he emerged around 1970 (a fate which befell scores of guitar-toting male singer/songwriters at the time).