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AMERICAN DON

Don Caballero

Post Rock/Math rock


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4.06 | 76 ratings | 7 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Fire Back About Your New Baby's Sex (4:42)
2. The Peter Criss Jazz (10:35)
3. Haven't Lived Afro Pop (7:34)
4. You Drink a Lot of Coffee For a Teenager (2:41)
5. Ones All Over the Place (9:00)
6. I Never Liked You (4:59)
7. Details on How to Get Iceman on Your License Plate (5:35)
8. A Lot of People Tell Me I Have a Fake British Accent (5:23)
9. Let's Face It Pal, You Didn't Need That Eye Surgery (5:09)

Total Time 55:48

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Line-up / Musicians


- Damon Che / drums
- Ian Williams / guitar
- Eric Emm / bass

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Touch and Go Records TG218

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DON CABALLERO American Don ratings distribution


4.06
(76 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
29%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
36%
Good, but non-essential (28%)
28%
Collectors/fans only (7%)
7%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

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Review by Atavachron
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4 stars The trio of Damon Che (drums), Ian Williams (guitars) and Eric Emm (basses) out of Pittsburgh, PA is the second incarnation of this outfit which was originally formed in 1991 by Che and Williams. On this, their fourth album proper, the powerful ensemble create a most accessible effort with a collection containing less arithmetic and more expansion. The music is focused on textured minimalism and rising tides of rhythmic lines, and 'American Don' is less heavy and increasingly inward than their previous records. If Steve Reich and Robert Fripp got together for an album, it might sound like this. Fascinating stuff.

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Send comments to Atavachron (BETA) | Report this review (#93933) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, October 09, 2006

Review by Moatilliatta
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5 stars Don Caballero has come to be known as one the most interesting, unique, and wildly complex bands out there. With American Don, the group has been reduced to a trio. This trio provides us with Don's least aggressive output, focusing more on textures than arithmetic. There is hardly any distorted guitar to be found. The music is still extremely intricate, and it clocks in at about 55 minutes long. Frankly, it is difficult to make an album of instrumental music this complex and seemingly a-melodic intersting for such a length of time. It takes a lot of time and focus for the listener to fully realize all the qualities here, but the growth rate of this disc is exponential once you get through it a couple of times. For new listeners, the key here is to get through the 10-minute second track, "The Peter Criss Jazz." After such an exhilerating and enjoyable opener ("Fire Back About Your New Baby's Sex"), this one really kills the momentum and drags for a bit. This track is really the only slouch on American Don, as "Haven't Lived Afro Pop" delivers a peppy, even catchy medium-paced return to form and then sends us off into musical euphoria for the remainder of the disc. Those who are already familiar with the other Don Caballero albums are more likely to appreciate this one, but I'm sure any open-minded music fan can get into this. For me, this is Don Cab's finest output and I can't call it anything other than a masterpiece.

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3 stars A very interesting, well-performed though not particularly well-produced album that helped establish the more up-tempo nature of the Post Rock/Math Rock sub-genre. Unfortunately for these ears, the sounds, melodies and recording techniques are a bit too raw, are not as engaging or pleasing as, ... (read more)

Report this review (#1009591) | Posted by BrufordFreak | Thursday, August 01, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Although I wouldn't consider this album as a definitive highlight or milestone in progressive music history, the reason for which I consider it a masterpiece is just because Don Caballero reaches musical precision, finesse and superb mastery in a way that can almost be thought as easy. It's like ... (read more)

Report this review (#640291) | Posted by elcaballodecaligula | Friday, February 24, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Hmm, Don Caballero's American Don. One of the most known math rock albums, influencing many bands to come in this genre and even some bands out of it, this should be even considered a classic, no? Well, in my opinion, no. As much as this album is influential, it barely sparks an interest in my ... (read more)

Report this review (#492350) | Posted by The Runaway | Friday, July 29, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Don Cab has attracted the label of math rock very often, and that isn't too surprising- though it's more prevalent on their earlier stuff, American Don is a good helping of dizzying and unconventional time signatures. Despite the fact that it's certainly one of the main points of Don Cab's style, ... (read more)

Report this review (#275131) | Posted by Neurotarkus | Sunday, March 28, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Don Caballero American Don is (to me) the essential math rock album. If you do not have this album do yourself a favor and buy it! If you want to hear each musician at his best, this album pretty much has that. Damon Che (possibly one of the most underrated drummers?) plays in a style that most d ... (read more)

Report this review (#163788) | Posted by MusicForSpeedin | Thursday, March 13, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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