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I am indistinguishable from my memories, inseparable from this place I’ve always lived. Songs made of rhymes and these rhymes like maps to the bizarre hinterlands of what we know and love. This is Blitzen Trapper’s seventh record for the books, another bizarre string of tales and touchstones, more beats and banjos by far than anything to date, since, well we figured a straight line ... Read more in Amazon's Blitzen Trapper Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B005DV42ZK
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  7. American Goldwing 3:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
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`American Goldwing' is Sub Pop's third full-length release with Portland's Blitzen Trapper and the band's sixth full-length overall.
Over the course of their career they've earned rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and SPIN, amongst others.
On `American Goldwing' Blitzen Trapper let their loves and influences - hard guitar rock, country picking and pawn-shop Casio aplomb - hang out for all to see.
`American Goldwing' is the band's first foray into direct, outside influence in the creation of a record, with mixing by Tchad Blake and co-production by Gregg Williams.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A bookworm on 22 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I couldn't disagree more with the Philip Price. This album, like the previous two, is a masterpiece of songcraft, with melodies that will stick with you for weeks. Although it is accessible, this music isn't disposable. I'm quite sure I will be listening to it for years and years. BT wear their influences on their sleeves and the influences are numerous and various (The Band, Southern Rock, 1970s American guitar pop) and yet they never sound like mere pastiche. This is songwriting and playing of the highest order rivalling the very best in rock music. It is every bit the equal of "Furr" and the brilliant-but-underrated "Destroyer of the Void."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thepitkid on 15 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
great songwriting, the band have really focussed on melodies but still have the progressive country edge you might already know of. it's been in my car stereo for months and like to sing and get into the groove of this blissful melodic album
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By Christian Treier on 21 Mar. 2015
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philip E. S. Price on 21 Nov. 2011
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Since creating the positively wonderful early albums and their masterpiece "Furr" this band have sadly lost the plot. Quality control has gone out of the window and we find ourselves presented with yet another sub-standard (their own high standard) mediocre album. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against this band - I've seen them play live twice and they are very good. But they would be better taking their time and creating some quality material rather than gigging all the time and feeling that they have to produce an album every year - when they clearly have not had time to write decent songs. Never mind. Hopefully the next one will see them back on form.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Just another point of view.... 13 Sept. 2011
By B. Deal - Published on
I would actually rate this album at 4 stars but I wanted to counter some of the negativity. Here's the thing, if you are expecting an album to redefine music, if you insist that every new album released must blow your mind with something "innovative" or "progressive" this probably isn't your album. On the other hand, if you are a person who trys to find the good in an album, if you like driving down a road going nowhere just so you can roll the windows down,turn up the volume and leave the rest of the whining complaining world behind, this album should help put a smile on your face.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Constant Listener - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Dear Music Appreciator,

Here are some reasons to buy this new album by Blitzen Trapper:

- You are laid back enough to appreciate good rockin' music for what it is rather than pick it apart and critically compare it to a bunch of other music and/ or bands and/or genres that you think are somehow relative to the quality of Blitzen Trapper as a band and American Goldwing as a record.

- You are sensible enough to know that for a band to not fit neatly into a box could actually be a good thing.

- You are wise enough to know that a band's failure to fit into a box or to capitalize on a signature sound could actually be what makes it great and that sometimes the lack of a certain defining quality in a band is a defining quality in and of itself and that that could actually be close to what Dylan had in mind when he called himself a "musical expeditionary." Blitzen Trapper is a band of musical expeditionaries.

- You are educated enough to know that, as in the movies, if a band produces a record that seems to play by a certain set of rules associated with a certain genre that the record can still be a work of art if the band plays by those rules well. The Hollywood studio system produced paint-by-the-numbers genre films for years that were later recognized as true works of art and masterpieces of their particular genre. Is AMERICAN GOLDWING a true work of art or a masterpiece of it's genre? Too soon to tell but I definitely can't say that it's not...

- You are cool enough to know that when a band reminds you of Zeppelin and Dylan and The Band and Big Star on the same record that it's not a troublesome thing - it's an effing awesome thing.

- I saw these guys live at Easy Street Records in Seattle, WA last Tuesday for this record's release day and they rocked the store and I couldn't help but lay down my $9.99 for a copy of AMERICAN GOLDWING. The CD came with a free poster and a keychain - c'mon free stuff is awesome (FURR came with a patch if I remember right). The album has been playing in my car every day this week and I am not tired of it.

- There is a beautiful, sepia toned, panoramic photograph of the band waiting for you when you open the gatefold digipack that houses this remarkable record - stare at it while you listen to "Fletcher" or "Love the Way You Walk Away" and whether you lived through the decade or not, just let yourself groove on the band's tangible 1970's vibe - music that now seems to come from a time when humanity was just a little more laid back.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Suffering from a Particular Complex? Nope. 13 Sept. 2011
By M. Childress - Published on
I wanted to post something to counter the only other review (as of 9/13) that bashes Blitzen Trapper (and "Goldwing") for "suffering from a complex" that involves neither a signature sound nor a an emotional appeal. I'm not sure how anyone could make that statement after listening to "Furr," and while Goldwing isn't Furr (in my personal top 10 from '08), I think it's a better (funner?) album than "Destroyer Of The Void." Goldwing brings back the energy and drive that make Blitzen Trapper such a joy to hear. Maybe some Pitchfork-types want to bash Goldwing, but I don't think you can listen to Goldwing from front to back without wanting to do some air guitar or ride around town with the windows down. It's a shame this album wasn't out three months ago, as it is nearly a perfect summer record. Don't put it on your couch and try to diagnose it with a complex. Instead, buy and enjoy.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
All Your Crying Eyes 13 Oct. 2011
By WorthlessKnowledgeEncyclopedia - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to this album pretty non-stop for about a week now and am still discovering brilliant little moments in it. Don't knock this album for being a retread because all rock music is basically a retread these days. All rock bands have been mutts for a long time now. The supposedly groundbreaking music you are listening to is a retread of a retread of a retread. You probably just haven't listened to the entire catalogue of pop music from 1950 onwards to realize that yet. Pitchfork didn't like this album because they can't handle anything that actually rocks. That is just a given. You can't set forth a 1500 word snoozefest that compares this album to Eno, Brian Wilson and Hall and Oates and sucks any joy left in rock and roll straight back outta it when you write about this album. It all comes down to the songs and the songs on this album are damn fine. This is music meant to compete with the likes of Steve Miller, Led Zep, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Bands and individuals that write songs that impact not only current trendsetters, but entire generations. Long after love affairs with bands like Grizzly Bear and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah fade to black (usually their sophomore album by the way) the music of Blitzen Trapper will still be going strong. The title track of this album just might be the best song of 2011 by the way.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is my favorite album of 2011, by a country mile 31 Oct. 2011
By Simon A. Glickman - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I loved "Furr," but "Goldwing" is an even more delicious confection. The songs are gorgeously written and performed, linking classic rock, roots and power pop with effortless elan. These songs, particularly the title track, "Might Find It Cheap," "Astronaut," "Street Fighting Sun" and "Girl in a Coat," make me feel good in that deep-down place that only my all-time favorites can. It's as though this band's voices, guitars, pianos and drums are wired directly to my pleasure center. Sometimes it suggests an unholy blend of, say, The Band and Cheap Trick, but mostly "Goldwing" sounds a whole lot like Blitzen Trapper -- and it's pretty much all I want to hear right now.
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