David Browne
January 19, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Grown Man

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Loudon Wainwright III, Loudon Wainwright
Producers
EMD, Nettwerk, Virgin
genre
Folk

We gave it an A

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III Grown Man (Virgin) No one rips apart his own life like folk’s oldest living adolescent. This time, topics include life as a middle-aged single guy, a visit to his mom in the hospital, his daughter’s anger toward him, and his own adulterous tendencies, plus the usual fear-of-intimacy love songs. Thankfully, Wainwright hasn’t lost his knack for sharp small-band arrangements or his sense of humor. ”IWIWAL” (”I wish I was a lesbian”) is one of his funniest novelties, and bonus points for the clever opener: a sardonic a cappella ode to his 48th birthday — sung in the shower, complete with running water. A

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