American Water

Silver Jews - American Water
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Based on 7 reviews
1998 Ratings: #20 / 107
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Based on 296 ratings
1998 Ratings: #57
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I know it may seem opportunistic, but Joos' "American Water" is definitely one of my favorite albums. When I heard about his death, I wanted to listen to this record again. It was one of the first albums I bought the vinyl, I particularly like it.

Berman was an incredible artist, either in SJ or in his recent work like Purple Mountains. First of all this album begins with the perfect opening lines: "In 1984, I was hospitalized for approaching perfection. ... read more


Me and this album go way back. Perhaps longer with it than without. I could talk about this album for hours honestly. If I could describe this album in one word for convince it would be "conversational" Its one of the most honest records I'll ever listen to. No bullshit what so ever, organic perhaps? Any metaphors, wordplay, convictions ect are explained one way or another in some capacity. Anything confusing or even egotistical gets ironed out by the end so you get the feeling of ... read more


As someone who enjoys Modest Mouse, Buit To Spill, Pinback, and Pavement, I thought I would enjoy this more than I did. I really like the musicianship and overall direction it just feels too derivative of pavement for some reason.


Drinking Coke in a kitchen with a dog
who doesn't even know his name.


so overrated. Half the songs are ok. The other half are just knockoff pavement


David Berman’s poetry didn’t need a backing, just to breathe totality. The instruments had to be unintrusive on the points, but parallel to his idiosyncratic worldview. On ‘American Water,’ Berman looked sideways at the misfortunate—-his own vices were a surplus of talent, insecurity, and drug addiction. Sounds like a rockstar, or something. This album is about a shaky, human nature in a country driven to farm it. Like good writing and sad artists, ‘American ... read more

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Added on: August 22, 2012