American Football
American Football (LP3)


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trebor. STAFF
March 19th, 2019 | 256 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I've never seen so far ahead of me

American Football changed the face of emo. A legion of angsty 20-somethings armed with guitars in open tunings and barred with capos dominate the scene still to this day and the weight of Kinsella’s guitar wizardry is even felt in the broader world of math-rock. American Football’s only record before dissolving and eventually reuniting is the strange record that resonates more today than it did in ‘99. With its cold and technical instrumentation and stripped-bare-sad lyrics, it perfectly captured the essence of the isolating midwest. Ten plus years after playing to a dozen people in legion halls, American Football exploded in popularity on the internet in the late 2000s. This eventually promoted Kinsella to take a break from his highly prolific solo project Owen and get back in the saddle with an American Football reunion tour. Following the tour, the band released a comeback record also titled American Football (LP2). While the new music was appreciated, LP2 was, on the whole, a disappointment - trying to hit the same notes as LP1, but missing the mark. American Football (LP3) offers something wholeheartedly different, a new take on a familiar sound. It’s its own beast - moody, atmospheric, more about the burden of adulthood than lamenting of melancholic youth.

LP3 is a house built brick by brick with patient songwriting - lush arrangements that blossom over a lengthy period of time, cultivating in fully fleshed out songs. Where’s LP1’s charm largely came from its high energy and juvenile tone, LP3 is the labor of seasoned musicians. Most tracks are over five minutes, each running through a gambit of emotions, crescendos that are fitting ends to moody buildups. The production is stellar, offering up crisp guitar tones, beefy and perfectly mixed drums, an overall clarity of sound that would be a detriment if the musicianship wasn’t so tight. The sprawling "Doom in Full Bloom" anchors the album, featuring the haunting, yet soothing arpeggios American Football is famous for. Throughout the eight tracks found on this album there is consistent and restrained songwriting and a languid pace that feels more like the beginning of summer than the end. Although strong overall, there’s nothing here that quite transcends the way "Never Meant," or "The Summer Ends," or the "One With The Wurlitzer"did. As there’s nothing lacking per se, it’s perhaps unfair to compare LP3 to the lightning in a bottle that was LP1. So comparisons aside, LP3 is the perfect record American Football could have released 20 years into their career.



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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2019


56526 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

streaming on NPR - https://www.npr.org/2019/03/14/700793122/first-listen-american-football-american-football-lp3

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2019


56526 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wat

StarlessCore
March 19th 2019


5958 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Rachel feature thic

Slex
March 19th 2019


6427 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

At least glad to see you don't have this at a 3 anymore

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Point1
March 19th 2019


468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Credit for figuring out a song lyric to use for your summary, I went through the whole 1st album looking for something to use for mine but unfortunately I couldn't find anything about bad vocal performances.

Firedust
March 20th 2019


895 Comments


This shits on that new Copeland album.

Faraudo
March 20th 2019


2814 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Don't underrate this just because it's not LP1, don't you fucking dare Sputnik.

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Artuma
March 20th 2019


30352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what if it's dull and saccharine as shit?

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BigPleb
March 20th 2019


57836 Comments


Hahaha I knew Art was gonna swoop in.

Gyromania
March 20th 2019


26821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i know i'm in the minority here but these guys bore me to tears.

Lucman
March 20th 2019


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"This shits on that new Copeland album."

This is good and all but hard disagree.

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osmark86
March 20th 2019


8834 Comments


these guys still write new music? will have to check

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ButtBoy
March 20th 2019


2743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"This shits on that new Copeland album."



This is good and all but hard disagree. [2]





Also y'all having a really hard time with the title "Doom in Full Bloom." One reviewer called it Death in Full Bloom and Treb calls it Doom in Full Gloom here lmao

osmark86
March 20th 2019


8834 Comments


poking fun at aphasia. classy.

CaptainDooRight
March 20th 2019


2820 Comments


def enjoyed first two tracks I’ve heard so far

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ButtBoy
March 20th 2019


2743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you, my goal on sputnik is to be classy always

sexilexi
March 20th 2019


67 Comments


more atmospheric you say

BlackTaxi2d
March 20th 2019


259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i love this album. i dont understand really why LP2 is kinda hated on, i love that too. LP2 was more immediate and hook-y with more memorable moments/lyrics/choruses but at this stage i am also loving LP3. i can definitely say the final song as of right now is not as strong as the LP2 closer.



Lp1 is still the goat though lbh

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BlackTaxi2d
March 20th 2019


259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also, seeing them live last year made me like the lp2 jams even more. they were all so singable and the setlist flowed perfectly from old to new

redrig
March 20th 2019


131 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

album's a massive snoozefest



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