The Muse: Lambchop, “If Not I’ll Just Die”

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First, fanfare that Lana Del Rey would gladly swipe for a hip-hop boat. Then the spat-opening lyric is “Don’t know what the fuck they talk about/ Maybe blowing kisses,” intoned by the one-of-a-kind Kurt Wagner at the beginning of this meta-account of possibly itself: “the strings sound good/ Maybe add some flute?” From there Wagner walks and talks, in that Western soundtrack vibe he’s been spinning over his band’s surprisingly long career, and it’s hard to tell if this theme is opening or closing the movie. Maybe starring in it.

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