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Format: CD
Sku: 63908498
UPC: 036172955220
UPC 14: 00036172955220
Release Date: 10/12/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Ladies And Gentlemen ~ American Music Club
2. Another Morning ~ American Music Club
3. Patriot's Heart ~ American Music Club
4. Love Is ~ American Music Club
5. Job To Do ~ American Music Club
6. Only Love Can Set You Free ~ American Music Club
7. Mantovani The Mind Reader ~ American Music Club
8. Home ~ American Music Club
9. Myopic Books ~ American Music Club
10. America Loves The Minstrel Show ~ American Music Club
11. Horseshoe Wreath In Bloom, The ~ American Music Club
12. Song Of The Rats Leaving The Sinking Ship ~ American Music Club
13. Devil Needs You, The ~ American Music Club

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Marc Capelle (trumpet, piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Jason Borger (piano).
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Tim Mooney; Mark Eitzel

Engineer: Tim Mooney

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.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/12/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 252
Music Label Name Label : Cooking Vinyl Records (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00036172955220

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)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "Eitzel crafts his narratives using strident political language and imagery..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   American Music Club
Product attributeLabel:   Merge Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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