American Standard is the second studio album by American post-grunge band Seven Mary Three. It was released on September 5, 1995 on Mammoth Records. The album would be Seven Mary Three’s breakthrough success, rising to number 24 on the Billboard 200 and going platinum. Many of the songs were rerecorded versions of tracks off Seven Mary Three’s independent debut, Churn.
The album’s biggest hit single was “Cumbersome” (#1 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, #7 on Hot Modern Rock Tracks, and #39 on the Billboard Hot 100). Other Billboard-charting singles were “Water’s Edge” (#7 on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and #37 on Hot Modern Rock Tracks), and “My My” (#19 on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks).
Additionally, the song “Roderigo” was inspired by the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.
Future albums by the group would see shifts in musical style and would ultimately fail to match the success of American Standard. “We made American Standard when we were fresh out of college, and it represented that time” said Giti Khalsa in an interview with Rolling Stone. Regarding the album’s overall style, Jason Ross explained:
“I think there’s a basic theme through the whole work. . . Everything that’s depicted is a human relationship, but it’s all about forgiveness. There is definitely a hint of guilt in many of the songs. Many of our families have gone through divorce, and fidelity is a big issue for this band.”