American Water

Silver Jews - American Water
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Based on 7 reviews
1998 Ratings: #19 / 93
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Based on 108 ratings
1998 Ratings: #23
October 20, 1998 / Release Date
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Drag City / Label
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WhatTheFunk
86
RIP DAVID BERMAN.

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
ThrowBackG
100
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
ElectricMess
97
American Water seems effortless in a way few albums manage. It’s not that it sounds like no work was put into the record, but rather, that everything fits together so naturally that nothing feels rigidly structured or overthought. Compared to the weariness that Berman’s words consistently and beautifully convey, this notion is ironic, but it’s one I can’t escape. The way that the carefree melodies partner with the rare kind of lyrics that could so easily stand as poetry ... read more
parent
83
i am heartbroken to find out that david berman has passed away today.

https://pitchfork.com/news/david-berman-silver-jews-purple-mountains-dead-at-52/

rest in peace, you were one of a kind.
musicmagpie55
90
'I asked the painter why the roads are colored black/He said, "Steve, it's because people leave/ and no highway will bring them back."'
-Random Rules

Sardonic, poignant, and filled with wisdom, David Berman's lyrics will continue to influence musicians and listeners alike. Thank you for the music.
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