The Silver Jews: ‘Bright Flight’


Berman’s lyrics are both literate and ludicrous, but with the same desolate, heart-broken air of 1940s country and western. For example, in the song, “Room Games and Diamond Rain,” he laments: “A freight train rattles the chandelier/And we’re like plug-in reindeer/whose cords can’t stretch far enough to fly.”

Never entirely country, folk or indie, most of “Bright Flight” ambles slowly along, like the brook near Berman’s Tennessee home. The only tracks that break into a gallop are the instrumental “Transylvania Blues” and the county-fair-jamboree “Let’s Not and Say We Did.” As his words trickle out, it’s difficult to tell if Berman is improvising or slowly remembering them as he goes along.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.

The Silver Jews: 'Bright Flight' | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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