Loudon Wainwright III 

Strange Weirdos — Music from and Inspired by the Film Knocked Up

First off, this isn't one of those jivey "partial" soundtracks that combines a few songs from a movie with songs that could've been but weren't. Director Judd Apatow felt inspired by Wainwright's song "Grey in LA" and approached Wainwright — who at the time was collaborating with Joe Henry — to contribute to Knocked Up. Many of these songs, sans lyrics, are heard in the movie. But how's the album? Wainwright retains his knack for droll observations on societal quirks and the minutiae of personal relationships, complemented by sturdy melodies that gradually insinuate themselves into your psyche. "Grey" is a gorgeous, wistful Celtic-tinged folk-rocker with an archetypical LWIII couplet: I don't know about you, I get so sick of blue skies/Wherever they always appear. Richard Thompson's keening guitar twang is the cherry on a perfect sundae. "Feel So Good" is a jolly kick-up-your-heels swingabilly romp addressing good ol' Catholic guilt: I feel so bad it must be right/Have myself a nightmare every night/All of my friends are glad/'Cause I feel so bad. Wainwright's voice has actually improved with age — clear, full-bodied, mellow, and without excessive smugness. His fans'll be on cloud nine, and Weirdos is likely to win him some new ones.


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