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Starlite Walker

4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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If it looks like Pavement and sounds like Pavement, then it must be Pavement, right? Not if it's the Silver Jews. While the Jews do in fact feature Pavement's Steve Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, the main Jew is their old University of Virginia chum David Berman. Berman, who writes and sings most of the songs, is apparently a fan of his buddies' other band, though, because there isn't much to distinguish Starlite Walker from a lo-fi, pasted-together Pavement record. The loose electric guitar, the squawky singing, and the obscure-cool lyrics make this the record Pavement fans have been waiting for--at least until the real band's next album comes out. Beneath all the alternative trappings--the dissonance, the herky-jerky changes, the slack voices--Berman and friends manage to merge pop with art-punk experimentalism. "Trains Across the Sea," "Advice to the Graduate," "New Orleans," and "Rebel Jew" are among the more melodic and cohesive, while "The Country Diary of a Subway Conductor" is a study in guitar noise and oblique rants. Like Pavement, but to a lesser degree, the Jews know the way to please all our seemingly contradictory sensibilities. --Roni Sarig
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B0000019QA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is where it all begins for Silver Jews fans. The introduction on this album welcomes the listener into the warm and enchanting sound of the Silver Jews and as the introduction draws to a close Mr. Malkmus whisps out a sad and lonely voice saying that "he never wants this minute to end" and then the song ends and segues perfectly into one of the greatest Jews songs ever "Trains Across the Sea". It gives me chills every time I listen to it. I have noticed that most people Starting with American Water have problems coming back and appreciating this wonderful album. It's true if your first listen to the jews is on American Water then you are getting into the more evolved sound of the Jews. This album is more straight forward than American Water, and has a more intimate folk feel to it. If you love folk music like Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and even later Dylan like Nashville Skyline and John Wesley Harding then you will love this album. On songs like "New Orleans" David Berman writes about one of the most famous folk songs ever the New Orleans whore house song "House of the Rising Sun". The lyrics in "New Orleans" will give you a true measure of just how clever and profound David Berman can be. I also think songs like Trains Across the Sea, Advice to a Graduate, and Rebel Jew feature some of David Bermans best Lyrics ever. David Bermans lyrics will pull you in and perplex you much like Bob Dylans lyrics used to pull in and perplex people from the 60's. I recommend that you pick up this album, get your friends together, and enjoy a few pints of your favorite stout as you listen to this album for the first time..."In 27 years I've drunk 50,000 beers, and they just wash against me like the sea into the peer." -David Berman
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This record is quite good, not of the caliber of all the rest of the Silver Jews' output, but still great, plus it includes my all-time favorite lyric ever:

"In 27 years I drank 50,000 beers

And they all wash against me like the sea into a pier"

You just can't beat that kind of witty yet elegiac lyricism with a stick ...
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The Two Extraordinary Gentlemen and their Cast of Thousands are truly Shining to-night. Now The Other Half Lives, but back in the Day, yes, back in the Day... D. C. Berman and Mister Malkmus bounce off of each other as Happily as could possibly be Expected.
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By A Customer on December 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
There is a CD flat with 9 songs called the 'arizona record' by this band that came out in 1992 (drag city label?) that should be checked out by y'all. It is their first release..How lo (fi) can you go?!
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