American Water (album)

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American Water
American water.jpg
Studio album by Silver Jews
Released October 20, 1998
Recorded Rare Book Room, Brooklyn
Genre Indie rock
Length 47:53
Label Drag City
Silver Jews chronology
The Natural Bridge
American Water
Bright Flight
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
NME 7/10[2]
Pitchfork Media 9.9/10[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]

American Water is the third full-length studio album by indie rock group Silver Jews. Released in 1998 as an LP and CD on Drag City (DC149) in America and Domino (WIG56) in Europe, American Water was recorded at The Rare Book Room in Brooklyn and mastered at Abbey Road Studios. The album features musicians Tim Barnes, David Berman, Mike Fellows, Stephen Malkmus, Chris Stroffolino, and artwork by Chris Kysor.

According to a 1998 article in online zine Addicted to Noise, the working title for this album was The Late, Great Silver Jews — a reference to the similarly titled 1972 album by Townes Van Zandt. Among the songs recorded for the album, but omitted from the final product, were "Self-Ignition" (released as a B-side on the "Send in the Clouds" single) and "Police Conversation, 1783", which was never released.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Berman, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Random Rules"   4:00
2. "Smith & Jones Forever"   3:20
3. "Night Society"   2:19
4. "Federal Dust" 4:03
5. "People"   4:45
6. "Blue Arrangements"
  • Berman
  • Malkmus
7. "We Are Real"   4:24
8. "Send in the Clouds"   5:26
9. "Like Like the the the Death"   4:00
10. "Buckingham Rabbit"   4:58
11. "Honk If You're Lonely"
12. "The Wild Kindness"   3:54
Total length: 47:53


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ NME review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ Tom Sugden. "The Corduroy Suit - a Silver Jews homepage". Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-01-14.