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Purple Mountains / Purple Mountains
Album:Purple Mountains Collection:General
Artist:Purple Mountains Added:08/2019
Label:Drag City 

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Add Date:2019-08-21 Pull Date:2019-10-23 
Week Ending:20 Oct6 Oct29 Sep22 Sep15 Sep8 Sep1 Sep25 Aug
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Album Review
DJ Away
Reviewed 2019-08-20 
David Berman’s first album in ten years, his first under a new name since disbanding his band Silver Jews, and—very sadly—his final album before his death in August 2019. This album is a continuation of the Silver Jews’ casual alt-country sound and startlingly eloquent lyrics, but these songs are much more personal and earnest than before, often to a painful degree. The flood of grateful stories and remembrances since Berman’s passing, alongside the understated power of these songs, make it clear that Berman was both a great musician and a great citizen of the music communities he participated in: the loss is double. RIYL: Bill Callahan, The National, Waylon Jennings, Woods, Wilco at their most anguished and most cathartic (like Kicking Television). Favorites: 2, 3, 7, 8. FCC WARNING: 1, 9, 10.

1. (3:24)—FCC (f***, s***). Jaunty seventies country rock with mordant and self-admittedly autobiographical lyrics.
2. *(4:20)—Medium-fast. Jangly pop, upbeat in contrast to the lyrics.
3. *(3:58)—Mid-tempo. Sixties country-pop feel, with plaintive harmonica and lovely backing vocals.
4. (6:04)—Slow, gentle, a little psychedelic. Nice horns.
5. (3:54)—Mid-tempo, minor key, pedal steel, Western horn section. “How long can a world go on with no new word from God?”
6. (4:11)—Mid-tempo seventies country-western ramble. Rave-up guitar solo. “I want to be a warm and friendly person / but I don’t know how to do it.”
7. *(4:21)—Medium-slow, kind of a swaying 60s pop feel. Very direct song written in tribute to Berman’s mother and grieving for her loss.
8. *(6:09)—Slow. This is a standout song, painfully and beautifully dark, a little dreamy. “And when the dying’s finally done and the suffering subsides / All the suffering gets done by the ones we leave behind.”
9. (4:46)—FCC (s***) Mid-tempo, steadily rocking, the most upbeat song here. “When you’re seller and commodity / You gotta sell yourself immodestly.”
10. (3:18)—FCC (f***). Mid-tempo. Similar to track one, the sunny major key country accompaniment belies the painful subject matter.

Track Listing
1.That's Just The Way I Feel 6.She's Making Friends, I'm Turning Stranger
2.All My Happiness Is Gone 7.I Loved Being My Mother's Son
3.Darkness And Cold 8.Nights That Won't Happen
4.Snow Is Falling In Manhattan 9.Storyline Fever
5.Margaritas At The Mall 10.Maybe I'm The Only One For Me