Silver Jews — Random Rules
Remember, the Silver Jews’ new CD, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea will be released on Tuesday, June 17. I’ve been following them closely for many years and this is, without a doubt, their best work to date. Berman’s lyrics are poetry and the music is sublime.
Buy this record.
What are critics saying?
From the UK’s muiscOHM.com review:
Their sixth and most accomplished release to date is bursting at the seams with more of their typically cerebral references, sardonic puns and metaphors, but where in the past this much-loved cult alt-country act have kept their offerings decidedly stripped down and lo-fi, this time they embrace a bigger, more expansive sound that is every bit as warm and inviting as the intriguing lyrics on display.
From the Guardian:
With the release of the band’s sixth album, however, the time has surely come for Berman to break out of cult obscurity.
The man’s final triumph here lies in his lyrical vision, which goes beyond merely skewering a world of craven mediocrity to suggest better possibilities, where the end might just be another beginning. But rather than expound further on the Silver Jews’ new sympathy for unloved machine humanity, perhaps it’s enough to say that this is the best album to come out of Tennessee this year; indeed possibly the world. It even has a chord chart. So you really should get your own copy.
If you read this blog, you’ll love ‘Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea.’
And I’m not biased.