American Water

American Water

“In 1984, I was hospitalized for approaching perfection,” goes the opening line of Silver Jews’ third album, American Water. This line could be a stand-in for the entire LP, which is a sardonic, damaged, but ultimately masterful opus from David Berman and his band of country-inspired indie troubadours. Shuffling songs like “People” find him trading lines with part-time member Stephen Malkmus, while tracks like “Smith & Jones Forever” embody the album’s delicate balance of country mysticism and alt-rock wit.

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