Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

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Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
Album cover silver jews.jpg
Studio album by Silver Jews
Released 17 June 2008
Recorded Nashville and Lexington, VA, March 2007 - October 2007 [1]
Genre Indie rock
Length 31:53
Label Drag City
Silver Jews chronology
Tanglewood Numbers
(2005)Tanglewood Numbers2005
Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Billboard (?)[3]
Blender 2/5 stars[4]
musicOMH 5/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10)[6]
PopMatters (6/10)[7]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[8]
Spin 4/5 stars[9]
Uncut 4/5 stars[10]

Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea is the sixth and final studio album by American indie rock band Silver Jews, released on 17 June 2008 on Drag City.[11] It was recorded at Marble Valley of Lexington, Virginia and Lake Fever Productions of Nashville, Tennessee.[1] Silver Jews records are known for featuring different casts of musicians. This album features the touring band of lead singer, David Berman, including his wife Cassie.[1] Berman has said that the album is "really different" compared to previous ones.[12]


In an interview with Pitchfork Media, Berman said that while recording he used a new guitar to influence a new mindset.[13] He wrote all of the songs before going into the studio, so that he could make sure each song took "into account its neighbors".[13] The vocals were not recorded until last, as he kept changing the lyrics and wanted to be able to edit them without having to re-record the entire song.[13] Berman went on to say that at the end of recording he wished he'd had more time to write, as there were still things he would have changed.[13] "What Is Not But Could Be If" was a 'totally different kind of writing' for Berman, and he compared it to bands that sang slogans and epigrammatic writing.[13]


Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea has been described as one of the Silver Jews' 'lightest' albums.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Berman, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What Is Not but Could Be If"   3:08
2. "Aloysius, Bluegrass Drummer"   1:54
3. "Suffering Jukebox"   4:21
4. "My Pillow Is the Threshold"   3:52
5. "Strange Victory, Strange Defeat"   2:44
6. "Open Field" Maher Shalal Hash Baz 2:39
7. "San Francisco B.C."   6:15
8. "Candy Jail"   2:30
9. "Party Barge"   2:55
10. "We Could Be Looking for the Same Thing"   3:35
Total length: 31:53


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