Is American Water different from UK water? Find out by buying the 20 year re-issue of this classic album by Silver Jews. Hear David Berman's lyrical poise set to a half speed master for extra good sound. Wallow in the gentle alt rock of tracks like 'Honk If You're Horny' and 'Sent in the Clouds'. Where is he by the way? We miss him!
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10/10 Alastair 13th December 2019
Absolute solid gold, truly one of the greatest albums of the 90s, stuffed with languid, liquid grooves and unimpeachable wordplay.
"Hospitalised for approaching perfection" to quote the opening lyric about sums it up really. A record that should be thought of alongside 'Slanted and Enchanted', 'In The Aeroplane Over The Sea', 'Spiderland', 'Doolittle', 'Alien Lanes' and 'Insignificance' - a leftfield American classic. In answer to the main reviewer’s question as to DB’s whereabouts - well to miss him is about all one can do as he sadly passed away this year following his final release as Purple Mountains.
9/10 Tom 15th August 2018
Arguably Silver Jews' best and certainly their most accessible album, American Water pairs poet and dead-pan extraordinaire David Berman with indie guitar hero Stephen Malkmus of the band Sidewalk (hurr hurr) for a collection of eloquent songs about love and loss. Starting with the immortal lines "In 1984 I was hospitalized for approaching perfection / Slowly screwing my way across Europe, they had to make a correction", it's pretty much non-stop gold from there, lyrically and musically. Berman's penchant for country fuses beautifully with Malkmus' wonky guitar work for an album that recalls the more subdued side of Pavement (Brighten the Corners, Terror Twilight).
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