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American Steel

Dear Friends And Gentle Hearts

Fat Wreck Chords 741

Released on July 21, 2009


$9.50

$11.25

Vinyl includes MP3 download card

After their triumphant return from a five year hiatus, American Steel are primed to build on their remarkable momentum and acclaim with the release of their fifth full-length, Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts. From the opening note, Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts reflects American Steel’s unique ability to deliver invigorating songs with an artistic approach that is lost on the majority of their peers. The album’s penetrating songs, soulful choruses, and smart, constantly progressing guitar work combine to create what is by far the band’s paramount achievement to date. Guided by honest lyrics that melt into irresistible hooks which refuse to leave the listener’s head, Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts stands alone in a sea of whimsical, one-and-done offerings from countless other bands in the punk scene. It is truly one of those rare recordings that insights the longing for the cramped and carefree confines of a sweaty, jubilant house party. Paradoxically energizing and steadying, Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts implores the listener to get off their ass and dance, while at the same time inviting them to contemplate the subtleties around them. American Steel fans and music fans in general will be enraptured by this instant classic.

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Average Customer Rating: 4 with 4 reviews (See Below)
Customer Rating


Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Emergency House Party Voted #1  21%
2 Tear The Place Apart Voted #2  18%
3 Safe And Sound  13%
4 Your Ass Ain't Laughing Now Voted #3  14%
5 The Blood Gets Everywhere  3%
6 From Here To Hell  2%
7 Dear Friends And Gentle Hearts  6%
8 Lights Out  1%
9 Bergamot  3%
10 Where You Want To Be  7%
11 Finally Alone  11%
12 Meals & Entertainment  0%
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David from Lemon Grove, CA 
Nov 4 2009 Rating: 4/5 Stars

I'd put this right on par with Destroy Thier Future and actually, I like the overall sound of this recording better. Like Destroy Their Future, Dear Friends has songs that nod back to the days of Communique (especially the Walk Into The Light EP) and it works well.

There are lots of great hooks and catchy choruses, and song for song, it's a more up beat and happy sounding album compared to earlier AmSteel works. Along with the usually great pipes of Rory and Ryan, bassist John Peck lends lead vocals to his song "Lights Out", which is a nice surprise.

Fans of American Steel shouldn't hesitate to get this one, especially if you enjoyed Destroy Their Future. And if you haven't seen these guys live yet, you're missing out on a great live band.

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Dylan from Spokane, WA 
Oct 17 2009 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This is a good album. Its starts off very strong with Emergency House Party but to me, it seems that the album loses its speed (not talking about the speed of the music) but I'd say theres a good 4-5 songs that get a lot of play time from me. I've seen better albums and I've seen plenty of worse ones too.

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Dylan from Spokane, WA 
Oct 17 2009 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This is a good album. Its starts off very strong with Emergency House Party but to me, it seems that the album loses its speed (not talking about the speed of the music) but I'd say theres a good 4-5 songs that get a lot of play time from me. I've seen better albums and I've seen plenty of worse ones too.

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Dr. Paulson from Oak Lawn, IL 
Jul 28 2009 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This is a fucking beautiful record! Hard to follow-up the brilliance of Destroy Their Future, but this is still danceable gold!

Favorite tracks: "Emergency House Party" (perhaps one of the band's best songs ever recorded), "Tear The Place Apart", and "Your Ass Ain't Laughing Now".





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