Love Songs For Patriots CD (2004)

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Label Merge Records
SKU 63908498
UPC 036172955220
UPC 14 00036172955220
Format CD
Release Date 10/12/2004
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Author American Music Club
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Technical Info
Engineer Tim Mooney
Producer Tim Mooney; Mark Eitzel
CatalogID 252
Lable Name Cooking Vinyl Records (USA)
Released 10/12/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
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

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