Something of a side project to Pavement, as well as a band in its own right, the Silver Jews is the brainchild of Virginia singer-songwriter David Berman, with the assistance of Pavement guitarist/vocalist Steven Malkmus. The Silver Jews formula of folksy chord progressions, country flourishes, slightly off-key singing and poetic lyrics is in fine form on American Water. Berman possesses perfect slacker baritone vocals and an engaging writing muse that results in such precious off-kilter lines like, “In 1984 I was hospitalized for approaching perfection.” Meanwhile, Malkmus’ twangy guitar lines lend an angular quality to the lo-fi, almost spoken word, musings of poet Berman.
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"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article