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Classic Album Review: American Analog Set | Through the 90s: Singles and Unreleased

The Austin drone-pop outfit fuse gently textured tunes & unsophisticated elegance.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Who They Are: An Austin, Tex., drone-pop outfit whose economically elegant approach favours simplicity and subtlety over showing off — and in doing so, proves that still waters really do run deep.

What You Get: Some 18 assorted singles, B-sides, leftovers and live cuts from throughout the band’s six-year, three-album recording career.

Why You Should Get It: The lazy, shambling beats, calmingly breezy grooves, gently textured tunes and unsophisticated elegance of these cuts make this the perfect album for a sunny day in the backyard hammock or a rainy afternoon on the couch. Plus the 38-second Dr. Pepper — the band’s unsolicited attempt to write a jingle for their favourite soft drink — is the best commercial you never heard.