I Break Chairs

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I Break Chairs
I Break Chairs.jpg
Studio album by Damien Jurado
Released February 19, 2002
Label Sub Pop
Producer David Bazan
Damien Jurado chronology
Ghost of David
I Break Chairs
Where Shall You Take Me?

I Break Chairs is Damien Jurado's fourth album, and first with his backing band, Gathered in Song. The album was produced by the former lead singer of Pedro the Lion and Headphones, David Bazan.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Damien Jurado,except Air Show Disaster written by Josh Golden.

  1. "Paperwings" – 2:55
  2. "Dancing" – 4:02
  3. "Birdcage" – 2:13
  4. "Inevitable" – 2:11
  5. "Air Show Disaster" – 2:24
  6. "Never Ending Tide" – 4:44
  7. "Big Deal" – 2:23
  8. "The Way You Look" – 3:12
  9. "Castles" – 2:25
  10. "Like Titanic" – 3:26
  11. "Parade" – 2:34
  12. "Lose My Head" – 5:21



Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork (7.1/10)[2]
Stylus (B+)[3]
The Great Indie Discography 6/10 stars[4]

Heather Phares of Allmusic writes that I Break Chairs "proves that [Damien Jurado] can rock with the best" and the music is "emotionally deep as it is musically diverse".[1] Andy Cockle of Dusted writes that Jurado "displays his golden throat, though the setting seems a bit different" and that the addition of his backing band, Gathered in Song, "allows Jurado to create hopeful pop after providing us with several albums of harrowing solitude".[5] Brad Haywood of Pitchfork Media laments "Jurado's prior three releases was honest, introspective, moody, sometimes peppy and sometimes heartbreaking. The new Jurado is none of those things" and "a return to normalcy would be welcome".[2] Colleen Delaney of Stylus writes "it's too hard to compare I Break Chairs to anything because it's got that sort of timeless quality to it" and "it's bringing me back to the salad days [of indie pop] of 1992, 1993".[3]


  1. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Review I Break Chairs". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Haywood, Brad (March 20, 2002). "Review I Break Chairs". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Delaney, Colleen (September 1, 2003). "Damien Jurado and Gathered In Song". Stylus. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2003). The Great Indie Discography. Canongate. ISBN 9781841953359. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Cockle, Andy (March 31, 2002). "Jurado and Gathered in Song rock out on new record". Dusted. Retrieved 16 January 2010.