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Album: American Water
# Song Title   Time
1)    Random Rules
2)    Smith & Jones Forever
3)    Night Society
4)    Federal Dust
5)    People
6)    Blue Arrangements
7)    We Are Real
8)    Send in the Clouds
9)    Like Like the the the Death
10)    Buckingham Rabbit
11)    Honk if You're Lonely
12)    Wild Kindness, The
 

Album: American Water
# Song Title   Time
1)    Random Rules
2)    Smith & Jones Forever
3)    Night Society
4)    Federal Dust
5)    People
6)    Blue Arrangements
7)    We Are Real
8)    Send in the Clouds
9)    Like Like the the the Death
10)    Buckingham Rabbit
11)    Honk if You're Lonely
12)    Wild Kindness, The
 
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Performer Notes
  • Silver Jews: Stephen Malkmus, D.C. Berman, Tim Barnes, Michael Fellows, Chris Stroffolino.
  • Recorded at The Rare Book Room, Brooklyn, New York.
  • Personnel: Stephen Malkmus (guitar, background vocals).
  • Recording information: Rare Book Room, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: David Berman; Chris Stroffolino; Mike Fellows; Stephen Malkmus; Tim Barnes .
  • At their best, David Berman's songs have always provided a personal narrative framed by distinctly American pathos, indie-rock's equivalent of early Band folktales. AMERICAN WATER, the third full-length by Berman's Silver Jews, maintains that same songwriting focus, but it clearly betters 1996's NATURAL BRIDGE by bringing back what had previously been the Jews' secret weapon: Stephen Malkmus' guitar. SM's playing has always straddled the line between noise-invested atonality and candy-colored melodicism, invoking experimental freedoms and classic tunesmanship in singularly melancholy lines, dualities that fit Berman's songs to a T.
  • On loosely written but deceptively wise profiles of Americana, the lyricist's images and the guitarist's notes intertwine to create something greater than the sum of its parts. It is a rural, rootsy sound full of punk's urban knowledge, but with far more credence paid toward a writer's turn of phrase and a sonic painter's improvisations than to any kind of folkie traditionalism. AMERICAN WATER plays as one generation's view of American society, jotted down in one's diary at a truckstop and at a tenement apartment.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (11/12/98, p.119) - "...when singer-songwriter David Berman steps out from Malkmus' shadow and into his own indie-cowpoke groove, he lights up the place with his deep, almost Johnny Cashian voice and bright narrative skills..."

CMJ (11/09/98, p.22) - "...lyrics like....embody Silver Jews leader David Berman's gift for enigmatic, yet uncanny observational word play....the record is Berman's most fully relaized collection of tunes to date..."

Pitchfork (Website) - "Absorbed in metaphor, ennui, and isolation, the loping music of AMERICAN WATER didn't seem like it was trying to be art. It just was."
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