Love Songs For Patriots CD (2004)

Customer Reviews   Write a Review

Be the first to review this item and earn 25 Rakuten Super Points™

Product Overview


Label Merge Records
SKU 63908498
UPC 036172955220
UPC 14 00036172955220
Format CD
Release Date 10/12/2004
Author American Music Club
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Bob Mould
Artist Influence Dusty Springfield
Artist Influence Elvis Costello
Artist Influence Gram Parsons
Artist Influence Iggy Pop
Artist Influence Janis Ian
Artist Influence John Lennon
Artist Influence John Martyn
Artist Influence Joni Mitchell
Artist Influence Joy Division
Artist Influence Leonard Cohen
Artist Influence Nick Cave
Artist Influence Nick Drake
Artist Influence Sex Pistols
Artist Influence Steely Dan
Artist Influence The Birthday Party
Artist Influence Tom Waits
Artist Influence Yes
Artist Contemporary Buffalo Tom
Artist Contemporary Carissa's Wierd
Artist Contemporary Codeine
Artist Contemporary Cowboy Junkies
Artist Contemporary Dinosaur Jr.
Artist Contemporary Downpilot
Artist Contemporary Elliott Smith
Artist Contemporary Gavin Friday
Artist Contemporary Giant Sand
Artist Contemporary Grant Lee Buffalo
Artist Contemporary Jeff Buckley
Artist Contemporary Lloyd Cole
Artist Contemporary Lucinda Williams
Artist Contemporary Matt Keating
Artist Contemporary Naked Prey
Artist Contemporary Neil Young
Artist Contemporary Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Artist Contemporary Palace
Artist Contemporary Paul K.
Artist Contemporary Pavement
Artist Contemporary PJ Harvey
Artist Contemporary R.E.M.
Artist Contemporary Rachel Taylor Brown
Artist Contemporary Red House Painters
Artist Contemporary Scud Mountain Boys
Artist Contemporary Sidewinders
Artist Contemporary Silver Jews
Artist Contemporary Skating Club
Artist Contemporary Smog
Artist Contemporary Sugar
Artist Contemporary The Afghan Whigs
Artist Contemporary The Beatnigs
Artist Contemporary The Black Watch (Rock)
Artist Contemporary The Dream Syndicate (Group)
Artist Contemporary The Gun Club
Artist Contemporary The Pernice Brothers
Artist Contemporary The Pontiac Brothers
Artist Contemporary The Replacements
Artist Contemporary The Waterboys
Artist Contemporary Thin White Rope
Artist Contemporary Toiling Midgets
Artist Follower Ad Frank
Artist Follower Always August
Artist Follower Burn Barrel
Artist Follower Counting Crows
Artist Follower Devendra Banhart
Artist Follower Drunk
Artist Follower Gallon Drunk
Artist Follower Grandaddy
Artist Follower Great Lake Swimmers
Artist Follower Jim Allen (Singer/Songwriter)
Artist Follower Joel Phelps
Artist Follower Kings of Convenience (Pop/Rock/Alt)
Artist Follower Pinback
Artist Follower Pinetop Seven
Artist Follower Radiohead
Artist Follower Red House Painters
Artist Follower Rogue Wave
Artist Follower Sarah Bethe Nelson
Artist Follower Scud Mountain Boys
Artist Follower Sufjan Stevens
Artist Follower Sun Kil Moon
Artist Follower Tindersticks
Artist Follower Two Dollar Guitar
Artist Follower Willard Grant Conspiracy
Technical Info
Engineer Tim Mooney
Producer Tim Mooney; Mark Eitzel
CatalogID 252
Lable Name Cooking Vinyl
Released 10/12/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 60m : 59s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00036172955220
Album Notes and Credits
American Music Club: Dan Pearson (vocals, guitar, mandolin, bass guitar, percussion); Mark Eitzel (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion); Vudi (guitar, lap steel guitar, piano, organ); Tim Mooney (keyboards, drums, timpani, percussion).
Additional personnel: Marc Capelle (trumpet, piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Jason Borger (piano).
While San Francisco's American Music Club was one of the finest, most idiosyncratic alt-rock bands of the 1990s (not to mention '80s), their permanent cult status and interpersonal volatility brought about the group's end in the mid-'90s. Singer/songwriter Mark Eitzel and other members pursued various solo projects, but could never equal the tragic majesty of AMC's sad-and-beautiful oeuvre. The band's eventual reunion resulted in 2004's LOVE SONGS FOR PATRIOTS, a comeback album stronger than fans might have dared to hope.
Vudi's twisted, barbed-wire guitarscapes twirl with brutal elegance around Eitzel's tortured croon and sarcastic-but-poetic lyrics. While the former kings of misery (once termed the American Smiths) are still not exactly gleeful-sounding here, the self-loathing and romantic desolation of old has been partially supplanted by a new degree of sociopolitically motivated invective, presumably in reaction to post-9/11 life in the US. Former AMC keyboardist/pedal steel guitarist Bruce Kaphan's lush textures are missed, but new member Marc Capelle does an admirable job in his stead, and the rest of the band locks in together in the agreeably spiky, subtly disconsolate manner that was always a huge part of their appeal.
Artist Overview
Fronted by downcast singer/songwriter Mark Eitzel, 1980s and '90s outfit American Music Club were the ultimate beautiful losers. Their sound was a unique mix of country/folk-rock and post-punk, framing Eitzel's low self-esteem in alternately elegant and discordant arrangements. Despite critical raves, the band never achieved more than a cult following, eventually breaking up when Eitzel went solo.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.124) - "[Eitzel] reunites with his old crew and delivers the best album of closing-time kvetch since 1993's MERCURY." - Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly (pp.96-7) - "[T]here are hints of redemption and humor even in Eitzel's most downbeat tunes..." - Grade: B
Uncut (p.96) - 5 stars out of 5 - "Anyone expecting a cosy echo of bygone woes may well be shocked at this brutal exercise in sonic violence....A brilliant record."
Uncut (p.75) - Ranked #9 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[T]he reunion of the year was undoubtedly that of American Music Club."
CMJ (p.36) - "American Music Club have rewritten the reunion record rule - this is the best work they've done yet."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Eitzel crafts his narratives using strident political language and imagery..."
Disc 1
1 Ladies And Gentlemen
2 Another Morning
3 Patriot's Heart
4 Love Is
5 Job To Do
6 Only Love Can Set You Free
7 Mantovani The Mind Reader
8 Home
9 Myopic Books
10 America Loves The Minstrel Show
11 Horseshoe Wreath In Bloom, The
12 Song Of The Rats Leaving The Sinking Ship
13 Devil Needs You, The
Product Attributes
Artist American Music Club
Label Merge Records
Music Format Compact Disc

More Buying Options

Seller Infomation Price & Shipping  
MirMedia Movies and Music $6.56 + free shipping
Condition: Used-Very Good
In Stock, 45 Day Returns
Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
Importcds $11.17 + $2.98 shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock, 45 Day Returns
All our items are brand new - Ships directly from our Warehouse in California - Estimated delivery time: 5-7 days after shipment.
Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
Blow It Outa Here $14.28 + free shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock, 45 Day Returns
All products are BRAND NEW and factory sealed. Fast shipping with tracking and delivery confirmation! 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
$11.17 + $2.98 shipping
$14.98 You save $3.81 (25%)
Rakuten Super Points Earn 12 ($0.12) Rakuten Super Points™
What are Rakuten Super Points™?
Get rewarded when you shop! Earn 1 point per dollar spent. That's like getting cash back on every purchase. Easy to see matured points in checkout. Use points just like cash.
Learn More
Format: CD
Condition: Brand New
In Stock. Usually Ships in 1 to 2 business days
Please select an option to buy
Add to Cart

Sold By:  Importcds
What is a Marketplace and Shop Owner?
  • Our marketplace is a platform where approved third-party retailers (Shop Owners) can sell their products
  • Items are sold and shipped by Shop Owners
  • Your credit card and personal information remain secure; meets all PCI Security Standards.
  • Purchases can only be returned to the Shop Owner
  • All purchases receive Rakuten Super Points™