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The Natural Bridge by Silver Jews

The Natural Bridge

by Silver Jews


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Barcode: 0036172910113
Format: Vinyl
Media: Mint (M)
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The Natural Bridge, the second studio album by American indie rock band Silver Jews led by David Berman, hit the music scene in 1996 through Drag City Records.

Formed in 1992 alongside Stephen Malkmus of Pavement, the band’s name draws inspiration from the book of Ecclesiastes, featuring the passage “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

The Natural Bridge takes the form of a concept album, unraveling the poignant tale of a man grappling with his mortality. Infused with Berman’s trademark dark humor and wit, the album delves into weighty subjects like death, loss, and depression.

“How to Rent a Room” kicks off the album, a darkly comic exploration of a man’s struggles to find a place to call home. This song perfectly sets the stage for a sonic journey that fuses indie rock, folk, and country elements.

Embracing more musical highlights, we encounter gems like “The Natural Bridge,” “Pet Politics,” and “Dallas.” Each song exemplifies Berman’s craftsmanship, offering catchy melodies and lyrics that linger.

With its eclectic mix of indie rock, folk, and country, The Natural Bridge strikes a chord with fans of diverse musical tastes. David Berman’s distinct songwriting talent shines throughout the album.

Top publications have bestowed praise on this darkly funny and moving masterpiece, acknowledging its brilliant concept and unique blend of emotions.

The album’s infusion of Berman’s signature dark humor provides a refreshing balance to its somber themes. Moreover, the well-crafted songs, guided by Berman’s unique songwriting style, set The Natural Bridge apart from other indie rock albums of its time.

David Berman’s artistic influences encompass legendary country music icons like Johnny Cash and Townes Van Zandt, as well as esteemed indie rock artists like Pavement and Guided by Voices. Additionally, the writings of Cormac McCarthy and the films of David Lynch have left a profound impact on the album’s creation.

A1 How To Rent A Room
A2 Pet Politics
A3 Black And Brown Blues
A4 Ballad Of Reverend War Character
A5 The Right To Remain Silent
B1 Dallas
B2 Inside The Golden Days Of Missing You
B3 Albemarle Station
B4 The Frontier Index
B5 Pretty Eyes
Catalogue No.: DC101
Barcode: 0036172910113
Genre: Rock
Style: Lo-Fi, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Label: Drag City
Released: 2013
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, undefined

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