The Golden Age (American Music Club album)

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The Golden Age
The Golden Age album cover by American Music Club.jpg
Studio album by American Music Club
Released 19 February 2008
Label Merge Records
Producer Dave Trumfio
American Music Club chronology
Love Songs for Patriots
(2004)Love Songs for Patriots2004
The Golden Age

The Golden Age is the 9th studio album[1] released by San Francisco-based sadcore and slowcore band American Music Club. The album is the band's second after a 10-year hiatus that ended in 2004.[2] The album is an effort by the band to experiment more in their music.[3] The album was produced by Dave Trumfio, who has also worked for bands such as Wilco and My Morning Jacket.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (7.7/10)[6]

The album was released to generally positive critical reviews with a score of 80 (out of 100) on Metacritic.[7]


The album was recorded over two months at Kingsize Studios in Los Angeles with Dave Trumfio, who also recorded Wilco's Summerteeth album. Frontman Mark Eitzel began writing the songs that appear on the Golden Age in 2005, though recording didn't begin until 2007.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "All My Love" (5:10)
  2. "The John Berchman Victory Choir" (2:53)
  3. "The Decibels and the Little Pills" (5:41)
  4. "The Sleeping Beauty" (3:58)
  5. "The Stars" (5:17)
  6. "All the Lost Souls Welcome You to San Francisco" (2:43)
  7. "Who You Are" (4:31)
  8. "The Windows on the World" (6:11)
  9. "One Step Ahead" (3:33)
  10. "The Dance" (3:17)
  11. "I Know That's Not Really You" (3:52)
  12. "On My Way" (5:13)
  13. "The Grand Duchess of San Francisco" (2:46)


  • Mark Eitzel - vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • Mark "Vudi" Pankler - guitars, accordion, keyboards
  • Sean Hoffman - bass guitar, backing vocals, guitar
  • Steve Didelot - drums, percussion, backing vocals, guitar


  • Danny Levin - horns
  • Jason Borger - keyboards
  • Leyla Akdogan - additional vocals on "The John Berchman Victory Choir"


  1. ^ "American Music Club : Discography : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  2. ^ Howe, Brian (2008-02-20). "The Golden Age". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Editorial". Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  4. ^ Pia, Camilla. "American Music Club - The Golden Age (Cooking Vinyl)". MusicOMH. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  7. ^ "American Music Club: The Golden Age (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  8. ^ "American Music Club" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-12-21. 

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