Song of the Day, December 17: I Broke My Promise by American Music Club

AMCSanPromiseToday’s song is I Broke My Promise by American Music Club. After a decade together, the group — centered on writer and singer Mark Eitzel — had released a half dozen albums and featured a dozen members, with Eitzel, guitarist Vudi and bassist Danny Pearson being the only regulars. Their 1994 album San Francisco proved to be their last regular release before Eitzel began a solo career, reuniting the band only twice in the past two decades. It’s also one of their finest albums, a smart set of alt-pop ballads and dark observations. I Broke My Promise is classic Eitzel, a sad but not maudlin look at an old relationship. He mixes just the right amount of wistful nostalgia and honest reflection, delivering it all with one of his clearest, most compelling vocals.

Enjoy this bittersweet song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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