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Golden Age, The

CrackerAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (December 30, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Music
  • ASIN: B000000WB3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated band in America September 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
What can I say about Cracker's "The Golden Age"? I have had this tremendous album for years and it is still fresh to me to this day. It is easily one of my favorite albums, and I have a lot of music. The album is awesome, consistent yet not generic. It hits you hard with bone-crunching guitar powered anthems (Sweet Thistle Pie, Nothing to Believe In, 100 Flower Power Maximum), then loosens up with catchy Crackeresque sarcastic songs (How Can I Live Without You, Useless Stuff) and then blows your mind with blissfully mellow thought-provoking tunes that sound out of a western ghost town (Bicycle Spaniard, Big Dipper). The core of Cracker was and always will be David Lowery and Jon Hickman - other members have come and gone - yet not missed that much. The Golden Age saw Cracker at an all time high when coming off their stupendous predecessor album, the platinum "Kerosene Hat," which featured the hits "Low" and "Eurotrash Girl." Some may feel that this album does not live up to Kerosene's greatness, yet others like myself, find this album even better and more consistent. This is a true great American band that has never quite gotten their due, and they should be recognized for bringing back fond memories of classic-rock bands like the Heartbreakers, the Byrds, the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and even the great Neil Young with their tunes. If you have not heard The Golden Age, or Cracker for that matter, you are missing out - so what are you waiting for?. There have been so many flash in the pan bands as well as the other drek that fills our radio airwaves lately. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Cracker's best February 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
It's been a while since Cracker put out a "complete" CD, and Golden Age is one of those along with "Cracker Brand" and "Kerosene Hat." There are no throw-away songs, such as the case with "Gentleman's Blues" and their newest CD "Forever," which contain a few unlikeable and obviously wasted songs just to fill up space apparently. But to each his/her own.
The Golden Age contains classics and Cracker-fan favorites such as "Big Dipper," "How Can I Live Without You," "Sweet Thistle Pie," and "100 Flower Power Maxium," to name a few.
Every single tune on this one is likeable to me, and I will always consider it, possibly my favorite Cracker recording to date.
Beware songs like "Dipper, "Dixie Babylon," and "Bicycle Spaniard" are incredibly mellow, easy-going songs, but they just roll over you like a breezy summer day and stick in your head like only Cracker can do.
If you own one modern Cracker CD, make it "The Golden Age," one of the best, most under-rated CD's of the 90's.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Overlooked Album of 1996 May 4, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The Golden Age is Cracker's most completely satisfying album thus far. It demonstrates a wide range of styles and moods not found on their other three albums. It is also much more of a "studio" experience than the others, meaning that the songs on this album are a bit more difficult to perform live with the same affect as the album has on the listener at home (By the way, a live Cracker performance is routinely one of the best live experiences around and is probably their strongest selling point for me still). From the opening fury of "I Hate My Generation" to the concluding beauty of "Bicycle Spaniard," this album never loses steam even through the slowest of songs. The album is held together, alternately and sometimes simultaneously, by David Lowery's wry, cynical lyrics and the rest of the band's outstanding musicianship.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Top 10 Recording of the Decade October 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
In 15 or so years when I have kids and they ask me what life was like at the end of the century, I will sit them down, load the Golden Age into the CD player, and turn the volume to 11. From the tortured wails of "I Hate My Generation" to the textual beauty of "The Golden Age" Lowery and Co. flawlessly capture a wide range of emotions and the paradox of living in an era of splendor, filled with folks who have no idea of what life's really about. But in the end, you know what? "It's alright!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Important and undervalued July 27, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Something amazing happens on "Big Dipper," not far into Cracker's third album. The band plays very quietly--it's a softness contest. The ennui the lyrics allude to is conveyed by the music. An angst and regret in "Dixie Babylon" leads to a dramatic and very moving baroque ending. It's a sad album, and a heavy one. When proclaiming this the "Golden Age," Lowery hastens to add "it's hard to imagine/with the way I feel today." He continues to be a tremendous lyricist, less sarcastic, more poetic this time around. The album's strong points--all the aforementioned songs, plus, to a lesser degree, "Sweet Thistle Pie" and "Useless Stuff" are very, very strong, but there are some bumps, chief among them the horrible opener "I Hate My Generation." What this album does much more than any other Cracker release is to convey emotion--in this case regret and anxiety that what lies ahead may not be much better than that lost in the past.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for the softer and slower songs on this album
I remember when this album came out. I was still a teenybopper of 16 years old. A friend of mine bought this album and he used to play this album as we would drive in his car. Read more
Published on July 31, 2011 by Dhaval Vyas
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Golden After 14 Years
Cracker's 3rd Studio album the 1996 "The Golden Age" #63, was 3 years after "kerosene Hat". This little gem has grungey guitar workouts like "I Hate My Generation" #13 modern rock... Read more
Published on July 26, 2010 by ScottE
5.0 out of 5 stars cracker grew up
David Lowery had college rocksuccess with Campervanbethoven in the eighties,A mere whisper in rock history. Read more
Published on June 19, 2010 by Shane E. Kappert
3.0 out of 5 stars Actually I'd add half a star
This sounds like Cracker trying to lose the nasally sound to thier music. Thier album "Kerosine Hat" had a nasal sound to vocals, and hearing "Low" on the radio was about as... Read more
Published on September 8, 2006 by Daniel Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Their weakest, but hey, this is Cracker
This is the weakest of Cracker's albums to date, but it still contains incredible gems such as "Big Dipper" and "How Can I Live Without You" which are as good as it gets with these... Read more
Published on July 7, 2005 by Mark R. Spencer
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong effort from Cracker
Fans of Kerosene Hat, Crackers Most popular album, should be pleased with The Golden Age. Its starts off with the hard rocking "I Hate My Generation", sort of Gen. Read more
Published on November 10, 2003 by Train
3.0 out of 5 stars Fatigue Sets in
One would have thought that the addition of former Silos bassist Bob Rupe to David Lowery and company prior to the recording of "The Golden Age" would have jump started... Read more
Published on March 1, 2003 by Brian D. Rubendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
Do yourself a favour and don't listen the the CVB snobs who say that Lowery sold out on this one. It's a very polished studio record, but also features Cracker's strongest... Read more
Published on August 23, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
Do yourself a favour and don't listen the the CVB snobs who say that Lowery sold out on this one. It's a very polished studio record, but also features Cracker's strongest... Read more
Published on August 23, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Classic
"The Golden Age" is just a great American album. It has the angry angst of "I Hate My Generation" (I agree) and "Nothing To Believe In" alongside... Read more
Published on July 14, 2000
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