ALBUM REVIEWS


American Music Club
THE GOLDEN AGE
COOKING VINYL 4.2.08
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A proper slice of 60s Americana, this one. Moving away from their experimental former selves, “The Golden Age” is all jangly guitars, speedy snares and a sound that brings to mind driving through the countryside wit the windows open on a warm summers day.

Despite it’s harsher-sounding title, “The Decibels and the Little Pills” is jaunty and enjoyable, a track that you know has deeper meaning, but unless you want to dig for it, you can just enjoy what’s on the surface. “The Stars” moves in a slightly heavier direction, with the odd distorted power chord squeezing its way in, as it builds to a soft rock climax. Also worth listening to are “All The Lost Souls Welcome You To San Francisco” and “The Dance”.

“The Windows Of The World” is a bit of a rambling story, and the narrator comes over as being a bit self-important – I really can’t make out what the message is meant to be. It’s got a good melody though…

Mid-album, and totally without warning, we stumble across “I Know That’s Not Really You” which produces a gypsy-style accordion –led slow polka that stands out mostly as being out of place rather than a clever musical shift. While this may be a nod to American Music Club’s preference for experimenting with different styles, it thankfully only lasts for the one song.

“The Golden Age” is the sort of album that I could quite happily leave playing in the background, knowing that it is unlikely to break my concentration. Although far from bland, it’s not really challenging and, with the style remaining largely the same throughout, it’s easy to just float between tracks.

Best enjoyed on a warm summer’s day when you’re trying not to think about anything in particular.

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Simon Middleyard