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After nearly a decade apart, American Music Club reunited once the members understood just how much they missed and needed each other. Though the absence of pedal steel player Bruce Kaphan is painful, keyboardist Marc Capelle does his best to cover the extra textures that make AMC a most celebrated and sonically unique group. Songwriter Mark Eitzel sings with his trademark empathy while reeling off tunes that are jammed with unusual lyrical insights. However, his deft wordplay would mean little if not for the epic battles waged by drummer Tim Mooney and guitarist Vudi. Together, they take what would be intriguing acoustic-based music and turn it into an electrified post-punk maelstrom. "Ladies and Gentlemen" announces the band is back at full dissonance, able to take angry tones and soothe them into harmony. "Another Morning" simmers. "Patriot's Heart" lurches with a frustration heavy with gallows humor: "After a few tequilas, I become something holy / and this crappy little bar with its sweating mirrors and its mildewed ceiling are more full of love." Theirs is an intensity matched by very few. 

Customer Reviews

A strong comeback

It's good to see a band come back after an extended hiatus and pick up where they left off. As good as singer Mark Eitzel's solo career has been, guitarist Vudi provides a muse that feeds his heartfelt songs. Patriot's Heart stands as the single most powerful musical statement from a politically bleak 2004, a fine F U to the Toby Keiths of the world. Then Eitzel sings a simple, beautiful song like Myopic Books and you know what he means when he sings "... and that makes me happy."

A Welcome Return

American Music Club is one of the greatest things the United States has going for it. Eitzel's songwriting is as strong as ever, and with Pearson, Vudi and Mooney filling out the sound this solid collection of meandering tributes to love in an increasingly dehumanizing world works like an elixir for the soul. Challenge yourself with the hilarious sendup of power-mad politicos in "Patriot's Heart" then open your heart to the sincerity of "Only Love Can Set You Free."


this is a great album


Formed: 1983 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Although chosen for its deliberately nondescript qualities, in retrospect the name American Music Club was the perfect moniker for the lauded San Francisco-based band led by singer/songwriter Mark Eitzel: over the course of nine acclaimed albums, the group tied together the disparate strands of the American musical fabric -- rock, folk, country, punk, even lounge schmaltz -- into a remarkably distinct and riveting whole, creating a brilliant and cohesive body of work dappled by moments of haunting...
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