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 !!!!