My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original Album is tracks 1-10
Brief Background: The United States of America was recorded in December of 1967 and released in March of 1968. This is the only album released by the band who broke up due to internal struggles just months after its release.
What I think: Despite what I think about the music on some of these albums, ones like this make this project really fun. I’d never heard of this band before, so when it came up it really piqued my interest. If we look at the music, the first and last song on the album are sort of bookends in what I would say are the typical crazy psychedelic rock (of the first track think the discordant part of The Beatles “A Day in the Life” stretched out over a five minute song). In the middle of these two track is probably were USA are the most interesting. I would describe them as weird and quirky in sort of a Kinks multiplied by 10 sort of way. The songs Dorothy Moskowitz sing on veer towards Nico territory, while the songs of the male vocalist veer towards the harmonies of The Beach Boys. This makes for a relatively interesting album that if nothing else is a successful experiment in using synthesizers.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This wasn’t very popular when it came out, and has remained pretty obscure since then which makes me think we could leave it off of the list.
Rating (Out of 5): 2
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (100/125)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%