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  • Audio CD (November 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000P08
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Orange Duke on July 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Steve Forbert is a songwriter and folk-rocker of the first rank, a `new Dylan' that really lives up to the hype. When he arrived on the scene, he got attention appropriate to his talents, but the fickleness of the critical press and the ignorance of the record buying public have caused Forbert to languish in obscurity ever since. Which is a shame because he writes music that rips the soul. THE AMERICAN IN ME is his best single album, aptly chronicling the desperation and desolation of the early nineties with a genuineness that still rings true today. I picked this album out of the bargain bins at Moby Disc, but I needed here only the first three seconds of `Born Too Late' to know the artist was for me. The song speaks eloquently about how traditional virtues are not only absent but inappropriate in a society given over to depravity, selfishness and greed ('People talk a lot but they can never find the heart and soul to put a lot of time in more than just the search for gold, the river's running dirty...there used to be a time when this water was a healing hand, born too late'). `If You're Waiting On Me' is heart wrenching exploration of disappointment in interpersonal relationships that so aptly expressed my own situation at the time that it's still difficult for me to listen to it today. `Responsibility' is a tragic exposition about how modern life keeps people from living the lives they need to salve their souls(`Stop and smell the roses baby I can hardly see'). I know the lyrics to every track by heart, and if you have a soul, you will too. Especially recommended to fans of Springsteen, Richard Thompson and Nick Lowe. It's a perfect album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Are you creeping towards middle age? Do you remember the 70's and 80's? Have you got a few responsibilities? This is a must have album for every thinking adult in America. Steve Forbert disappeared in a contract dispute through much of the 80's but re-emerged with two great albums on Geffen Records in the early 90's. Both of these albums, "American in Me". and "Streets of this Town" firmly re-established Forbert as the premier teller of 30-somethings tales. It has been nice to grow up with an artist who has continued to get better and expand his horizons. Both of the albums mentioned above are great deals at Amazon.com as they have been graciously discounted. You won't find a better buy on the net than the "American in Me".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Doctor on January 13, 1999
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It is a rare discussion of Steve Forbert that doesn't speak wistfully of his early commercial success and subsequent "disappearance." That wistfullness is misplaced, because if that success had continued it is highly unlikely he could write so convincingly of what it's like being working class in the 90's. Instead, like Springsteen, he'd probably be writing about what he THINKS it's like being working class in the 90's.
Read and listen to The American in Me and know that Steve's writing is better than his more commercially successful and "hip" contemporaries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stu on June 11, 2000
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This is a gem, one of Forbert's best, right up there with Streets of This Town. The songs are consistently strong and as usual the lyrics are wistful and thought-provoking. Just go and buy it for heaven's sake!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul H. Walsh III on September 4, 2008
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I got turned on to this album back in the early to mid 90's and have never tired of it; listening to it is like revisiting an old friend and having a killer conversation. On this record, Steve Forbert offers an incredibly well written version of one man's life perspective. "Responsibility" and "You Cannot Win 'Em All" are favorites of mine. I like the personal feel that Steve gets when he strips down the tunes to his guitar and vocal with light accompaniment. His lyrics sound like the diary of what might be a young father that has taken a few knocks in life and come back up swinging. This a great album for anyone that enjoys upbeat acoustic folk. The record meant so much to me that I had a friend tell Steve so at one of his shows. My friend told me that Steve smiled and said, "Glad that I could be there for him."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aruffier@fticorp.com on September 26, 1998
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No other CD touched my soul deeper than "The American in me". From the lyrics to the sound, the production, the artwork, everything about this CD is relevant. Steve Forbert brilliantly tells us story that hit home, wherever home might be. "The American in me" belongs on anyone's CD shelf that truly loves storytelling. It should be on that shelf between Dylan, U2, REM, Himmelman, Pearl Jam, Marley, Lou Reed, and Willie Nelson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
A superb CD, beginning with the opening number and going right on through to the end -- intelligent, moving songs and a great performance. This man is a national treasure.
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