For Love Often Turns Us Still – officially titled FLOTUS – is like many of Lambchop's records: a subtle masterpiece, the kind that slowly and generously reveals its quiet wisdom to those patient and attentive enough to receive it. Inspired as always to make art from the unsung sounds and scenes of his South Nashville neighborhood, Kurt Wagner set aside what he has learned over the last 30 years and embarked on a musical adventure to bring us this album that sounds like no one else – or rather, completely, unmistakably, like himself.
Start to finish, FLOTUS is imbued with that magic energy that comes when an artist stumbles upon the thrill of the new – something that makes them crazy enough to want to start the whole process over again. The album is bookended by two long-form pieces: the first, "In Care of 8675309," is most reminiscent of where Lambchop has been, while the second, the sprawling, hypnotic "The Hustle," suggests where they might still be headed. The latter seamlessly shifts between movements, a foundation suggestive of krautrock and early electronic music, gorgeously ornamented with perfectly placed piano and horns.
Drawing upon a diverse palate of influences and transcending each one, it's a stunning piece of work – certainly one of the most impressive achievements of Lambchop's catalogue.