The years have only been kind to the album considered David Ackles'
masterpiece when it was released. Ackles combined an early-'70s
singer/songwriter sensibility with a theater music background that
placed him as much in the tradition of Brecht-Weill and Jacques Brel as
Bob Dylan. Not only are his songs fully realized, dramatic statements,
but Ackles proves himself a warm, accomplished singer. When this album
got no higher than #167 in the charts, Ackles' fans were heartbroken.
Decades later, American Gothic remains one of those great albums that
never found its audience. It waits to be rediscovered.