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American Football (album) by American Football 

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American Football
American Football by American Football (1999)
Overall rank: 484th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 299 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1999 (11th)
Top 100 albums of the 1990s (94th)
Top 500 albums of all time (484th)

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American Football is ranked as the best album by American Football.

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 299 votes)
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From Brad1770 04/28/2018 06:54
'American Football' by American Football BEA ranked 470 (April 2018)

A journey such as I'm on to listen to the BEA top 500 (twice) was always going to take me to musical places I would never have imagined and American Football is a great point in case

To understand American Football you need to appreciate their style of music . They are exponents of what is referred to a Math Rock a gene of music characterised by non-standard time signatures such as 7/8 , 11/8 or 13/8 producing a rhythmic complexity that is counter intuitive to rocks standard 4/4 . I explained it to a friend as "Rock Free-form Jazz Like " . And here in lies why there is such polarising opinions about this group/album . On first listen the listener is left confused with the free form irregular nature of the content , but repeat listens reveals a layered depth and musical skill not initially appreciated . I firmly believe many listeners dismiss this album after 1 or 2 listens , where as the enlightened ones go back and back and fully peal back the onion layers to reveal an inner beauty within this album

On a side note these boys really need to use some imagination with their release tiles , we have

1998: 'American Football' EP
1999: 'American Football' ( debut album)
2016: 'American Football' (follow up album)

ANYTHING would be a better title than 'American Football'
How about 'Free Form Rock In 11/8 ' ? or 'OK Maths' ?

Finally the Deluxe Version is pretty much garbage , you get 10 additional tracks all of which are extremely poor quality live , boom box recorded or demo quality tracks. If your a super fan check it out other wise stick to the original 9 track release

Polarising but good

65/100
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From JulianR 04/07/2018 07:03
Ayyyyy! I finally GOT it! This album has seemed so dumb for me to me for so long. Dry, repetitive, bland, you name a criticism that has been stated below and I have had that opinion. But after just coming back to it again and again periodically, it finaly clicked, as all good albums do. There is something really seductive in the layered guitars and strangely static songwriting. The songs don't really go anywhere at all, and it can be hard to understand why at first. But I eventually realized that this album is just the musical distillation of small town life. The cover, the backstory, etc all point toward it, but even structure wise, it feels meandering and aimless, waiting for something to happen. But nothing ever does, and things are always the same, and yet you can't help but love your little nondescript cornfield town.

I don't think it's a coincidence that Talk Talk's later works and this album have both made their genius apparent to me around the same time. Though they are different in many ways, they both have a kind of featurelessness to them, as described a but above. They are unstructured and meandering, and if you are not listening attentively, it feels like the same thing over and over. But just as there is beauty in the use of silence by Talk Talk, there is beauty in the use of repetition by American Football.

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From lleon79 03/15/2018 00:29
Very soothing. Probably gonna listen to it again, but I wish I could see why so many people love it that much. I think I'm missing something.

Favorite song: Never Meant
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95/100
From Antonio-Pedro 04/28/2017 19:48
It's been 2 Months since she has left. It's Time to move on, now or never
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From LucasWilliam 01/06/2017 08:03
A masterpiece in its own regard, American Football by American Football passes the test of time as its sound still resonates with audiences scattered all throughout the rock genre (indie, emo, alternative, etc..) Truthfully one of the very best albums I have had the good fortune of listening too. Part of me wishes I could go back to when I hadn't heard it just to experience the album again.

Notable Tracks: I'll See You When We're Both Not So Emotional, But The Regrets Are Killing Me, Never Meant, The One With The Wurlitzer
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From xMUSICSNOBx 07/13/2016 18:09
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From ItSaysDilbert 06/26/2016 21:43
The rest of the album feels sort of bland after the first three songs.

Favorite tracks: Never Meant, The Summer Ends

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From Juneof44 08/29/2015 19:24
The definitive indie-album.
Simple perfect drumming.
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From exileonthehell 05/19/2015 17:56
Good music here.
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From HoldenM 03/03/2015 07:53
Where has this album been all my life? Moreover, why have I been dicking around, not listening to it? Gorgeous stuff here.
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