American Football (album)

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American Football
Studio album by American Football
Released September 14, 1999 (1999-09-14)
Genre Emo, indie rock, math rock
Length 40:52
Label Polyvinyl Records
American Football chronology
American Football EP
American Football

American Football is the debut full-length album by American emo[1] band American Football, released on September 14, 1999.[2] Polyvinyl Records released a deluxe edition with various demos and live tracks on May 20, 2014.[3]


Allmusic's Fred Thomas awarded the album 4 and a half out of 5 stars, stating that "Every song here manages to sound meticulously constructed without diminishing the easy, often dreamlike feel of the album. The record is defined by a sense of possibility and youthful discovery, and stands out not just as an anomalistic emo-jazz hybrid but as a lasting, iconic statement in the often blurry history of independent music. ".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club A–[5]
Consequence of Sound A[6]
Paste 9.0/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 7.5/10 (1999)[8]
8.6/10 (2014)[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by American Football

No. Title Length
1. "Never Meant"   4:28
2. "The Summer Ends"   4:46
3. "Honestly?"   6:10
4. "For Sure"   3:16
5. "You Know I Should Be Leaving Soon"   3:43
6. "But the Regrets Are Killing Me"   3:54
7. "I'll See You When We're Both Not So Emotional"   3:42
8. "Stay Home"   8:10
9. "The One with the Wurlitzer"   2:43

Bonus disc[edit]