Because Songs Matter


If it seems like it was just last month I was last writing about American Aquarium, that’s ’cause it basically was.

I opened the piece about their last album with the following line

“American Aquarium come out of Raleigh, North Carolina with an indie-rock sound that has enough country swagger to it to keep this particular blogger engaged.”

Dances For The Lonely finds Caitlin Cary returning for backup vocals detail while Chris Stamey (Whiskeytown, Ben Folds Five, The Rosebuds) takes the producer role. On Dances For The Lonely American Aquarium seems to have forgone the indie sound for a more straight-forward roots rock feel.

If you’ll allow me to expound upon that for a moment…

I’m not, by any stretch of the imagination, a Springsteen fan. Matter of fact, my favorite Springsteen songs are when they’re sung by someone else. I know that’s sacrilege to say in this segment of the music world, but it’s the truth. With that said, on this album American Aquarium has a sound similar to how I feel Springsteen should sound in my mind’s ear. I dunno if that makes any sense but, for myself, it certainly makes for Essential Listening.

American Aquarium - City Lights     

American Aquarium - Katherine Belle     

American Aquarium - PBR Promenade     

American Aquarium on myspace, Buy Dances For The Lonely


  1. Brent Brent
    June 24, 2009    

    They’re even better live! Go see them now…they put on one hell of a show. Some of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and they play the best State Trooper cover ever conceived by man.

  2. June 24, 2009    

    A diamond in the rough of sofla

  3. alex supertramp alex supertramp
    June 25, 2009    

    autopsy — you introduced me to they guys and i grabbed their disc on CDBaby … enjoyed it even more that i thought i would, and just put in my order for this release… thanks for giving the heads up on yet another excellent band and release!!

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