6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A good album 2 start with,
This review is from: American Water (Audio CD)
If you are looking into the sliver jews from the stephen malkamus connection (and if so you are probably a Pavement fan)then this album would be your best place to start.
Malkamus sings quite a lot on this one - and there is definately an influence from his off balance arrangements on the music here. It has the most accessibale tunes too and is engaging from the start.
There are also opportunities here to then hear what the jews sound like without Malkamus on some of the other songs like 'Random Rules'.
I'd say the album 'Tanglewood Numbers' is their 'lighter' outing with more uptempo songs.
'Bright flight', despite having some of the best songs Berman has written, would not be the best place for someone who was not familiar with their work to start. it is a bit more morose and sombre than this one or 'Tanglewood numbers'.
Id say start with this one - if you like the more uptempo stuff like 'send in the clouds' - try 'Tanglewood' - if you like the soft, restrained alt - country of 'random rules'- then check out 'Bright Flight'.
I have not heard the 1st 2 albums yet but these 3 mentioned are definately worth checking out, imagine mixing the late Cash songs with some of the off kilter songs by pavement with some very imaginative lyrics.