The Golden Age - American Music Club
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  • Summary: The San Francisco band, now relocated to Los Angeles and with two new members, releases its latest album.
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  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.
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    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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10