In the West

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In the West
Studio album by
Released1994 (1994)
GenreIndie rock
Length43:54
LabelC/Z Records[1]
Comedy Minus One
ProducerSteve Albini[2]
Silkworm chronology
L'ajre!
(1992)
In the West
(1994)
Libertine
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
Pitchfork8.1/10[5]
Tom Hull – on the WebB+ ((3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention))[6]

In the West is the second full-length album by indie rock band Silkworm, released in 1994.[7] It was the band's first full-length album to be produced by their long-time friend Steve Albini; the first official recording that the band recorded with him was the His Absence Is A Blessing EP.

In March 2019, Comedy Minus One announced they would be pressing In The West on vinyl for the first time to celebrate the album's 25th anniversary.[8] The reissue was released in January 2020.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Trouser Press wrote that "the exquisitely spacious album's deep rhythmic caverns invite and demand casual lingering."[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Garden City Blues" - 4:13
  2. "Dust My Broom" - 2:40
  3. "Into the Woods" - 3:28
  4. "Punch Drunk Five" - 2:48
  5. "Raised by Tigers" - 5:15
  6. "Enough Is Enough" - 8:13
  7. "Parsons" - 3:45
  8. "Incanduce" - 3:26
  9. "Dremate" - 5:48
  10. "Pilot" - 4:18

Personnel[edit]

  • Andy Cohen – guitar, vocals; lead vocals on tracks 2, 3, 7
  • Joel RL Phelps – guitar, vocals; lead vocals on tracks 5, 9, 10
  • Tim Midyett – bass, vocals; lead vocals on tracks 1, 4, 6, 8
  • Michael Dahlquist – drums, vocals
  • Steve Albini – engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Silkworm". Chicago Reader.
  2. ^ Earles, Andrew (September 15, 2014). Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981-1996. Voyageur Press. ISBN 9781627883795 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "In the West - Silkworm | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 7. MUZE. p. 452.
  5. ^ "Silkworm: In the West". Pitchfork.
  6. ^ Hull, Tom (January 26, 2021). "Music Week". Tom Hull – on the Web. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  7. ^ "Silkworm | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Details on & preorders for the Silkworm 2x12" + CD "In The West" reissue". Comedy Minus One. March 11, 2019.
  9. ^ "Do Look Back: A Brief History Of Silkworm, One Of '90s Indie Rock's Most Underrated Bands—Essential Playlist Included". September 15, 2020.
  10. ^ "Silkworm". Trouser Press. Retrieved 9 January 2021.