- Personnel: Loudon Wainwright III (vocals, guitar); Chaim Tannenbaum (vocals, harmonica, banjo); Jeffrey Lesser (vocals, percussion, jew's harp); Martha Wainwright (vocals); David Mansfield (acoustic, electric, pedal steel & slide guitars, mandolin, bouzouki, fiddle); Dominic Cortese (accordian); Steve Gaboury (accordion, organ, keyboards); Randy Landau (acoustic bass); Richard Crooks (drums); John Kaye (percussion).
- Producers: Loudon Wainwright III, Jeffrey Lesser.
- Recorded at RPM Sound Studios, New York, New York; Knoop Music, River Edge, New Jersey; and Beartracks Recording Studio, Suffern, New York.
- Personnel: Loudon Wainwright III (vocals, guitar); Chaim Tannenbaum (vocals, banjo, harmonica); Jeffrey Lesser (vocals, Jew's harp, percussion); Martha Wainwright (vocals); David Mansfield (guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle); Steve Gaboury (accordion, organ, keyboards); Dominic Cortese (accordion); Richard Crooks (drums); John Kaye (percussion).
- Recording information: Bear Tracks Studio, Suffern, NY; Knoop Music, River Edge, NJ; RPM Sound Studios, New York, NY.
- This fine album appeared just after Loudon Wainwright turned 48. This information is offered up in the first song, "The Birthday Present," a track that's sounds as though it was sung in a shower. Throughout his career, most of Wainwright's songs have examined, in one way or another, his own life. This album addresses the subjects of aging, the death of a parent, and a move back to Westchester County, New York after some years spent living in London.
- His daughter Martha joins him to sing "Father/Daughter Dialogue," which takes a hard look at Wainwright's practice of parading in public the ups and downs of his private life through his songs. Elsewhere, there is a pair of hauntingly odes to hopes, dreams, and harsh realities, "Dreaming" and "The End Has Begun." GROWN MAN was expertly producer by Jeffrey Lesser and is bolstered the playing of a small ensemble of longtime Wainwright cohorts. The set winds down beautifully with a cover of Jimmie Rodger's "Treasure Untold."
Entertainment Weekly (1/19/96, p.52) - "No one rips apart his own life like folk's oldest living adolescent....Thankfully, Wainwright hasn't lost his knack for sharp small-band arrangements or his sense of humor..."
- Rating: A-