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American Football - American Football

★★★★
American Football - American Football
Published: 8:00 pm, October 20, 2016
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Label: Wichita Recordings
Released: 21st October 2016

Rating: ★★★★[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]The way American Football are spoken about is unique. A young group from Illinois credited with shifting a genre shortly before disbanding, ‘Never Meant’ as emo’s unofficial national anthem, burned into brains and inked onto skin. The praise is well-deserved - their 1999 self-titled album is undoubtedly one of the very best in the genre, its influence widespread, producing plenty of great bands as a result. And so, American Football will always be their own competition. The standard is the one they set for themselves 17 years ago.  

With the distance between albums so big, it is comforting to know that American Football still sound like exactly like American Football, it’s just the record that makes more sense in your late twenties instead of your teens. Opener ‘Where Are We Know’ addresses the nostalgia straight on, the revisiting and rediscovery of familiar places, “We’ve been here before, but I don’t remember the lock on the door.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1429970289830{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]Mike Kinsella’s voice shines throughout. His ability to hold intricate melodies has only richened with time, the balance of depth and lightness on ‘My Instincts Are The Enemy’ and ‘Home Is Where The Haunt Is’ truly mastered. ‘I Need A Drink (Or Two, Or Three)’ is reminiscent of Kinsella’s solo project, Owen. The dulled, quiet sorrow of adulthood as a progression from the sharp pain of adolescence.

Closer ‘Everyone Is Dressed Up’ is a triumph, underpinned by the warmth and glisten of their trademark guitar sound, the trumpets rounding off the elements that made their debut so special.

It’s a remarkable, considered, and patient record. Whether it exists for the fans or the band remains unclear and ultimately doesn’t matter - there has to be a point where the weight of expectation lifts and you carry on creating, or you don’t. Will it be remembered in the same way as its predecessor? Probably not. The standard was already set. Kristy Diaz[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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