This record by the band American Music Club is an effort to experiment and extend the range of their expression. The Golden Age is no exception: from the Mariachi horns to the breezy Beach Boys harmonies to the unfolding layers of feedback, this album is full of varied, joyous, and generous pop music. AMC is a San Francisco-based band led by singer-songwriter Mark Eitzel. AMC is better known for mastering the disparate strands of American music into a wholly unique synthesis all their own. On June 20, 2007, AMC announced a new lineup connected to the band's base of operations moving to Los Angeles. Eitzel and Vudi remain, while Mooney and Pearson stayed behind in San Francisco. They are replaced by bassist Sean Hoffman and drummer Steve Didelot. 13 tracks. Merge Records.
Turns out that 2004s Love Songs for Patriots
wasnt just a one-off reunion record for San Franciscos now quarter-century-old American Music Club. With original members Mark Eitzel and Mark "Vudi" Pankler still joined at the hip--at least when it comes to recapturing the lovely studio sound that carved out the bands niche--AMCs second second-life album (recorded with L.A. musicians on bass and drums) is as gorgeous and disorderly as any in its nine-album catalog. Eitzels panoramic songwriting ranges from a crush ("All My Love") and a hometown vignette ("All the Lost Souls Welcome You to San Francisco"), to a World Trade Center memory ("The Windows on the World") and a call-out to the 18th-century patron of altar boys ("The Victory Choir"). His emotionally unaffected vocals and Vudis jagged guitar work weave those ideas into a melodic and atmospheric formula that sounds as fresh and influential today as it did in the early 1990s. --Scott Holter