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Love Songs for Patriots CD

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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0002LORBA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ladies & Gentlemen
2. Another Morning
3. Patriot’s Heart
4. Love Is
5. Job To Do
6. Only Love Can Set You Free
7. Mantovani The Mind Reader
8. Home
9. Myopic Book’s
10. Minstrel Show
11. Your Horseshoe Wreath Will Bloom
12. Song Of The Rats Laeving The Sinking Ship
13. The Devil Needs You

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I missed out on AMC the first time around but they were one of those groups whose name cropped up as being worthwhile (like The Replacements, who are equally worthy). I was too busy listening to Husker Du, The Fall , Rain Parade, Sonic Youth etc. - anyway, they passed me by but they were probably on a wish list somewhere if only I had the time/money. My interest was piqued about 5 years ago by an article about Mark Eitzel & I have since listened to all AMC & most of Marks' albums. Glad to say that this band & this songwriter are revered for all the right reasons (ie. they are bloody good !!!). So, fortunately for me, I have only had to wait 5 years for this new album from the reformed band.
When I heard they were reforming there were none of those 'cash in, doing it for the money' thoughts as the band could hardly manage to survive the first time around (even though they were held in very high respect)& guitarist Vudi apparently needed a lot of persuading to give up his day job as a bus driver because it was a steady, reliable job (& making music isn't). Thank God he did.
Love Songs for Patriots is perhaps a typical AMC album as on initial listens there are no stand out tracks. Listening to the whole album from beginning to end is no great hardship, though. They always seem to have a consistency throughout their albums & it takes time for favourites to appear. After a couple of days Only Love Can Set You Free, Home & Myopic Books are highlights but others are sure to standout with time. Hard to say where this stands alongside greats like Everclear, California & Mercury, yet, but it definitely doesn't dissapoint & if you've had to wait 10 years congratulations, the wait was worthwhile.
Now, if only they would play live in Manchester !!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark Rennie on 4 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Eitzel never really went away, but he's back with a vengance. For all his excellent solo releases, this is his finest record since the last AMC album.
No one on earth can juxtapose the disheartened disdain of Patriot's Heart or Ladies and Gentlemen with the weary hopefulness of Love Is or Only Love Can Set You Free.
I only wish more people would buy their records. Otherwise, they'll split up again and it will be your fault!
If you buy this record, you won't regret it. And if you do, you don't deserve it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By degrant on 15 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
In the early 1990s, at the peak of their powers, American Music Club were one of the most critically revered groups. Most (in)famous is Andrew Smith's Melody Maker review reproduced on the back of the solo live "Songs of Love". Smith's remarks (that Mark Eitzel had more soul in his little finger than the entire Motown back catalogue and that, if he had to make a choice between the next AMC album, and the entire history of recorded music he would choose the former) were overblown but you knew where he was coming from.
In 1993's "Mercury", for many, including me, the group's pinnacle, Eitzel's voice, lyrics and songwriting were matched by an enticing variety of instruments and effects, masterminded by producer Mitchell Froom and iconoclastic guitarist Vudi. If such experimentation in textures and sound was not quite on the level of Talk Talk's late masterpieces, it was reminiscent of Radiohead at times and elevated AMC above the rank and file of alt-country.
And yet, and yet...While a 90 minute collection of AMC's finest moments would be as good a listening experience as any, I always thought the band never fulfilled their promise. "Everclear" had at least 5 bona fide classics but was marred by a couple of songs "Rise" and "Crabwalk" which seemed overblown or contrived and marred the feel and sequence of the album. 2 albums later, when the group was poised for overdue commercial success, they released their least successful album, at least until that time, in "San Francisco" which was at least 4 songs too long and, for all the gorgeousness of a number of the tracks, smacked of an expectant record label breathing down the band's necks or self-expectation getting the better of them.
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By klaher on 13 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
American Music Club surprisingly reformed in 2004 and released this album. I've gone on record to say that in general, I don't really like the idea of bands reforming. The band were never particularly successful before they split, but at this point in time after the initial split, singer Mark Eitzel had released a haphazard series of solo albums, and the other members had some fairly low key musical projects, so it's understandable that they would regroup. But would this album live up to their former glories: California, United kingdom et al?

Opener Ladies and Gentlemen is quite unexpected, sounding not like one of their older tracks but a whole different thing. In fact it sounds like a `call-to-arms' as Eitzel sings "ladies and gentlemen it's time for all the good that's in you to shine" over an unsettling distorted guitar growl, before becoming a sort of abrasive smoky jazz track. It doesn't really work in my view but it's an interesting opener. Another Morning follows which is a much more familiar sounding track, with a jangly guitar and a fairly commercial melody. Indeed if they had put this out in the early 90s it might have given them a commercial breakthrough but that ship has long, long sailed. Lyrically it's another song about his muse Kathleen Burns (deceased at this stage) with some great imagery like "when you laughed like water breaking over a broken land".

Patriot's Heart is another smoky jazz track, which is probably better executed than Ladies and Gentlemen, but again I'm not too fond of it. The album in general is a lot denser and complex than their other albums, with a lot going on in many of the tracks.
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