Vinyl Pressing Review

American Football

Self Titled

Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on 05.28.2014

15 years after being released Polyvinyl Record Co. has reissued American Football's landmark self-titled album with another album's worth of extras. Full disclosure - this is one of my all-time favorite albums (I got a copy of it on CD in 1999 and have listened to it at least once a week since then), but, even if I am being harsh, it's obvious to say that Polyvinyl and the American Footballers themselves pulled out all the stops and set a new bar for what a reissue should be.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


Sides A and B are the reissue proper, with all nine tracks sounding lush and full. Interlacing guitars (and occasional trumpet) are up front without drowning out Mike Kinsella's duende-tinged vocals and Steve Lamos' intricate drum work. Sides C and D feature a combination of live performances, boombox demos and four-track recordings. While the quality of each has a lot to do with the recording method, it's important to remember that American Football only released 12 studio tracks - so fans will (assuredly) be happy to take what they can get.

Pressing Quality:


No noticeable warping, no skipping, some needle weave but this doesn't seem to impact the sound quality. The marbled red vinyl is not only gorgeous - it's also very sturdy. The outer jacket is extremely heavy weight and the inner sleeves are much sturdier than average. Printing quality on all materials, from the liner notes to the labels, is top notch.

Vinyl Noise:


No noticeable hiss between tracks, no pops, no inner-groove distortion. Overall a very quiet record.

Overall Artwork:


This reissue utilizes the some of the same artwork as the original release - and this isn't a bad thing. American Football's visual style is, by this point, iconic in some circles and has been emulated by thousands of bands. New artwork fits right within this aesthetic and is complemented by extremely nice printing work on the jacket, sleeves, and liner notes.

Overall Extras:


Literally the only things missing from the liner notes are what American Football ate before recording each track and the name of the pressing company. The liner notes are filled with candid photos that even longtime fans might not have seen, guitar tunings for each song and, most importantly, never-before-heard recordings of demos and live performances.

Reviewed By:
Kasey Bradley

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Total Score

: 4.53



Label: Polyvinyl Record Co.
Release Year: 2014
Purchase Price: 22.00
Pressing Company: Unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 2
Pressing Weight: 180 gram
Color: Mottled Red
Gatefold: Yes
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:

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