Silver Jews - Back From The Brink

by Mark Moody
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Originally viewed as an offshoot of Pavement, the reality of it was the Silver Jews were the brainchild and masterwork of one David Berman. The not so steady poet laureate of the downcast and dispossessed ultimately pulled the plug on his musical endeavours back in 2009. Though there have been scattered reappearances, you got the sense that from a musical perspective he had hung it up for good. So it was a pleasant surprise for his fans when his reemergence after more than ten years was announced via an upcoming album under the name Purple Mountains (due out July 12 on Drag City).

For those not in the loop, it's well worthwhile to go back and check out Silver Jews' back catalog of six studio albums. The primarily lo-fi countrified approach serves as the perfect backdrop for Berman's droll observations and lyrical flights of fancy. Ranked here from fans' Discogs ratings, there is no doubt that American Water is Berman's masterpiece, but all of these releases are worth digging into to prep for Berman's return. Click an album below to read a review

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Really looking forward to the Purple Mountains album! Berman has to be one of my favourite songwriters and lyricists. I'm not sure what my fave Silver Jews album would be, I tend to go between The Natural Bridge, American Water and Bright Flight...

Really looking forward to the Purple Mountains album! Berman has to be one of my favourite songwriters and lyricists. I'm not sure what my fave Silver Jews album would be, I tend to go between The Natural Bridge, American Water and Bright Flight though

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Yeah - no way I could pick myself either so went with the Discogs ratings. He’s definitely been saving up some great one liners! Would love to catch one of the shows.

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