Silver Jews - Early Times 1990-91 (4 stars)

Silver Jews - Early Times 1990-91

Reissue of early works by David Berman, Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich

Disbanded in 2009, David Berman’s Silver Jews project was a tremendous portmanteau of country and US indie that acted as a vehicle for Berman’s lyrics, his voice, smooth and unsteady as stretched taffy, often simply speaking the words in tune, offering up American paradigms and porch light surrealism.

This reissue of two early EPs sees an entirely different incarnation of the Jews, when Berman was making lo-fi bedroom jams with friends Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich from the band Pavement, and tracks like ‘I Love the Rights’ seem to have strayed off those early Pavement EPs, you know them, effortless hooks and knowing crescendos only partly given into, like semi-ironic Mexican waves.

silver jews ~ i love the rights

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