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Editors’ Notes

A plainer and more harrowing journey than its predecessor, Starlite Walker, The Natural Bridge is a compendium of despondence and comically terrifying imagery from singer/songwriter David Berman. Its instrumentation is perfunctorily strummy and unadorned; Berman’s vocals are a function of his storytelling and forego any pretense about the singer’s role in rock music. His wry delivery is the setup for a series of bittersweet punchlines—emphasis on “punch”—that extend the length of The Natural Bridge; this is the rare pop album that relies almost entirely on its words. The album is a loose description of a sour American road trip. Berman is attracted to bars and motels and abandoned towns, and he gravitates to unlikely locales: Cleveland, Dallas, Tchula. His protagonist is a perennial figure in the arts (the hopeless man with an undying heart), but even as The Natural Bridge crosses bleak chasms, Berman can't resist the pull of romance. In its final seconds, the album turns to the redemptive power of female companionship.

Customer Reviews

One of The Jew's Best!

This album is classic Jews. Straightforward musically, with some of Berman's strongest lyrics. A robot walks into a bar Orders a drink Lays down a bill The bartender says, hey we don't serve robots and the robot says, oh but someday you will

I recommend this.

I first checked this CD out after isaac brock (lead man of modest mouse) recommended it in rolling stone. I literally got blown away by this cd. David Berman's voice may take a while to get used to, but his lyrics are amazing. Since getting this CD, I've picked up every Silver Jews record, because they are all just as good or better then this album.

Good.

I just want to say it's my favorite one.

Biography

Formed: 1989 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A beautiful mess of indie rock, country-rock and lo-fi with lyrics both witty and profound, the Silver Jews were formed in 1989 by writer/musician David Berman with his friends, guitarist/singer Stephen Malkmus and drummer Bob Nastanovich. The trio performed together as Ectoslavia when they studied at the University of Virginia; after graduation, they moved to New York and shared an apartment. Dubbing themselves the Silver Jews — after the Silver Apples, the Silver Beatles, and slang for blonde-haired...
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