Don't believe the critics
Simone Oltolina | Morbio Inferiore, TI Switzerland | 03/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"there are countless critics out there claiming that "San Francisco" is American Music club at their most commercial, hence this is allegedly their worst record but frankly I absolutely disagree. Just because the production is a bit more "slick", it doesn't mean that the band's skills have become less important (or less notable). Ok, there's a definite alternative-feel throughout the record while their previous efforts were more "indie" and maybe AMC were consciously changing direction but they're a great band and on San Francisco, just like on any of their records, it shows! Mark Eitzel is great as usual and there are great songs all over the album..."
Patrick F Clifford | 11/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album says so much about leaving somewhere, that I feel incapable of saying anything about it. Mark Eitzel comes back to Columbus enough that I can feel him leaving every time he does. "I Broke My Promise" is a beautiful song about getting out. The rest of the record doesn't betray the aetheic laid out by their previous ones: loss, regret, loss, and regret (and then some, uh, loss). Much of this is from Mark Eitzel's sad lyrics, but, still, much has to be said for Bruce Kaphon's pedal steel, and Vudi's fuzzy guitar. For a long time AMC fan, this is probably their mosty accomplished work, emotionally and musically."
A "hopeful" AMC record
J. D. Frey | Denver. CO | 06/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Admittedly I love anything AMC has put out. "San Francisco," though, is a truly wonderful package of tunes. It's the one I recommend to friends who haven't listened to AMC before. PERSONAL FAVORITE SONGS: "Can You Help Me?" and "What Holds the World Together," which, with their poetry and uplifting tunes both sit among the best of the Mark Eitzel-penned tunes that I've heard. This band's music is intelligent and well-crafted--the kind of music you don't necessarily hear all of the first time you put it in the player (i.e. always worth a second, third, etc. listening)."