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 and only full-length album by American indie rock[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 Nitsuh Abebe awarded the album 3 out of 5 stars, stating "Considering the incredible appeal of American Football's debut single with Polyvinyl, it was quite easy to expect great things from their first album -- tracks like "The One with the Tambourine" took Mike Kinsella far beyond his emo roots, into beautiful territory that had more in common with Red House Painters than Cap'n Jazz. American Football, the group's album debut, may not hit quite the same heights, but it comes close enough that no one should be bothered; Mike Kinsella treads the same brightly arpeggiated post-emo (to coin a phrase) territory his brother Tim Kinsella does with Joan of Arc (albeit without the abstraction). The obvious progression from the Polyvinyl single comes in the form of horns and Wurlitzer dabbed tastefully onto a few tracks; when the band picks up into more conventionally driving territory ("Honestly?"), things are still appealing—but Kinsella's main strength seems to be in drifting, floating waves of melody, and American Football makes good on this in a pretty impressive way. ".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10)[6]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[7]

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 tracks[edit]