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Took a little time, but I'm with the programme now
on 21 March 2008
I was a huge fan of American Music Club's last album, Love Songs for Patriots. Huge. It is their best album in my opinion, and seemed to cap years of good but not great records with a classic: the apotheosis of their developing art.
So, obviously, I was looking forward to The Golden Age as something to take the greatest just a hint further: a shimmering flag planted on their Everest.
I know what you're thinking. Possibly I was hoping for too much. Well, possibly. I was a bit disappointed at first. There's nothing on The Golden Age of the instant impact of 'Another Morning', from the last album, and after a few listens I hadn't been transported in the way I'd hoped. But music is so often a product of its environment and, late one night, I heard one of the songs on a radio show late into the evening. It was dark and atmospheric outside, and in among the 80s revival indie pop that's dancing around in neon neoprene at the moment, hearing American Music club was a refined, blissful relief. Like a glass of scotch after a hard day's private eyeing.
And so, going back to the album, with a new, refreshed perspective, I can say I've come if not to love it in the way I love Love Songs for Patriots, at least come to realise how good it is.
It's a classic sounding record, confidently recorded. If you like a bit of Ryan Adams (and I do) but wouldn't mind him with the e numbers taken out, then you should like this. It's slightly careworn, slightly ravaged, but poised and dignified. A broken man staring at death, but putting on a suit nevertheless.