The Golden Age - American Music Club
The Golden Age Image

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics What's this?

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: The San Francisco band, now relocated to Los Angeles and with two new members, releases its latest album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Eitzel's trademark gloom still dominates, but his ability to bend glacial chords around pure poetry remains vital. In fact, it's stronger than ever.
  2. The album doesn't have the reunion hype that helped make American Music Club's "Love Songs For Patriots" such an event. What it does have is songwriting. [Mar 2008, p.140]
  3. American Music Club return with a quieter but no less excellent addition to a catalog that stretches back to 1985.
  4. Wisely, The Golden Age is less mediated, its variety achieved through smartly arranged curveballs like the Calexican waltz 'I Know That's Not Really You.'
  5. The Golden Age may simply be the Eitzel and Vudi show, but that's more than enough to make this a rich and rewarding set of songs whose gentle surfaces belie their troubling strength.
  6. 70
    The Golden Age is their most placid disc since 1989's "United Kingdom."
  7. Eitzel's own understated standards, 'All My Love,' 'The Sleeping Beauty' and Who You Are' show signs of a more optimistic, softly rocking side. [Mar 2008, p.100]

See all 20 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Mages
    Apr 10, 2008
    I can't stop listening to it.
  2. GuyH.
    Feb 26, 2008
    AMC back to what they do best - deceptively simple both lyrically and musically but over time all of those addictive little subtleties reveal themselves leaving you absolutely hooked. 'The Dance' is the undisputed highlight if you are looking for a standout track that will grab your attention straight away. The album contains so many incredible slow burners - 'Grand Duchess', 'Who You Are', 'Decibels' and 'Victory Choir' are four particular favourites. Give this album time - live with it for two weeks and I dare you to find fault. A 'Golden Age' indeed! Expand
  3. NuemesNuemes
    Mar 30, 2008
    I think this is AMC's pop album. Golden Age does not have quite the depth or audio sonics of 60 Watt Silver Lining or Mercury. It sounds closest to West & Everclear in specific ways. Eitzel wrote easier to grasp and frankly, happier, lyrics on Golden Age and it's still 100% lovely Eitzel. Vudi's guitar work is much better here then on Love Songs For Patriots (he sounded rushed or unfocused on LSFP). Drums and bass sound good. I miss Danny's voice though, I think he's a good match with Mark. The backing vocals on Golden Age sound... boring. As far as AMC/Eitzel albums go I think it's an 8. As for comparing it to other artist's albums it's an easy 10. So I give it a 9 here. The Golden Age is brilliant and worth purchasing and will likely give you much enjoyment. Expand
  4. LasseG.
    Mar 3, 2008
    A grower!
  5. DejanSt.
    Apr 8, 2008
    Much more than I expected. A return to form. Beautiful.
  6. GrahamS.
    Mar 5, 2008
    A return to form - for a recently reformed and remodeled AMC. High points on this disc, and there are many beautiful moments here-rival their best.
  7. TaylorH.
    Feb 25, 2008
    This is naive and arrogant music at it's lowest. remember you are dying right this moment, so waste no more of your time reading this bitter attack on a stupid band with a stupid name........cheers, and God Bless You sheltered souls... oh and by the way, you're an idiot, though Jesus still somehow loves you. Expand

See all 10 User Reviews