American Water

Drag City
Release date
20 Oct 1998
Running length
12 tracks
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1 Random Rules 3:53 59,450
2 Smith & Jones Forever 3:16 50,337
3 Night Society 2:14 47,636
4 Federal Dust 3:58 44,208
5 People 4:41 46,283
6 Blue Arrangements 4:34 41,576
7 We Are Real 4:20 36,264
8 Send in the Clouds 5:21 40,758
9 Like Like the the the Death 3:56 33,144
10 Buckingham Rabbit 4:53 33,305
11 Honk If You're Lonely 2:42 41,630
12 The Wild Kindness 3:53 32,858

About this album

American Water is the third full-length studio album by indie rock group Silver Jews. Released in 1998 as an LP and CD on Drag City (DC149) in America and Domino (WIG56) in Europe, American Water was recorded at The Rare Book Room in Brooklyn and mastered at Abbey Road Studios. The album features musicians Tim Barnes, David Berman, Mike Fellows, Stephen Malkmus, Chris Stroffolino, and artwork by Chris Kysor.

According to a 1998 article in online zine Addicted to Noise, the working title for this album was The Late, Great Silver Jews — a reference to the similarly titled 1972 album by Townes Van Zandt. Among the songs recorded for the album, but omitted from the final product, were self ignition (released as a B-side on the Send in the Clouds single) and Police Conversation, 1783, which was never released.

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