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Album Review

The Golden Band reduces the American Analog Set's approach to its barest essentials — favoring shorter, more economical songs over the epics of past outings, the group's third album also strips away much of their cosmic veneer to reveal the human pulse which tethers Andrew Kenny's songs and keeps them from floating away. The effect is hardly less hypnotic than earlier AmAnSet efforts, but is simply more direct — while Kenny's hushed vocals and oblique lyrics still evoke first and foremost an eyes-wide-shut otherness, the record insinuates itself on the strength of a subtly expanded emotional palette which lends a haunting new dimension to the group's fragile beauty. And while songs like "Weather Report" and "A Schoolboy's Charm" still don't build toward any kind of conventional climax, they nevertheless boast a drama and tension all their own. Ultimately, The Golden Band's quiet power speaks volumes.

Customer Reviews


This is an absolutely perfect album. Hush, lush, the songs flow one to the next. The kind of album that should be listened to as an album, from start to finish.

A great album, but iTunes sound is off

The mix on this record is (strategically?) lo-fi, but iTunes digital encoding makes it sound muddled and hollow. On vinyl Golden Band is lush and cathedral. Go with the vinyl if you can. Listening to this on iTunes is painful with headphones or earbuds.

Stands the test of time

The Golden Band remains in my rotation approximately 15 years after I first began listening to American Analog Set. It's a beautiful album from start to finish and it always seems to capture my mood. Just like a good plate of Phad See Ew, I never tire of it.


Formed: 1995 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

A drone-pop quartet hailing from Austin, TX, the American Analog Set evolved from the ashes of Dallas' Electric Company in 1994. After Electric Company's demise, guitarist/vocalist Andrew Kenny, keyboardist Lisa Roschmann, and drummer Mark Smith reunited to cut a number of impromptu four-track recordings that ultimately led to their decision to re-form as a group. The addition of bassist Lee Gillespie followed, and the quartet renamed themselves the American Analog Set before preparing for their...
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