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|Billy Bragg, Wilco|
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: BRAGG,BILLY & WILCO Title: MERMAID AVENUE Street Release Date: 06/23/1998
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Media Type: CD
Artist: BRAGG,BILLY & WILCO
Title: MERMAID AVENUE
Street Release Date: 06/23/1998
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ALLY M. (clarysage) from VANCOUVER, WA
Reviewed on 10/4/2006...
You cant go wrong with this offering of Billy Bragg's. If you love roots/americana music is is wonderful.
4.5 Stars.... Masterful Mix of Guthrie Lyrics and New Music
Paul Allaer | Cincinnati | 05/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Nora Guthrie, Woody's daughter, thought it might be fun to have new music set to Woody's "lost songs" (lyrics to which Woody had music set in his head, but he never published the music). Billy Bragg and Wilco may make a curious, or at least not a very obvious, choice for the task, but boy, are they up for it!"Mermaid Avenue" (15 tracks, 49 min.) is a true collaboration between the artists. Some songs find Wilco's Jeff Tweedy at lead vocal, Bragg on others. Music on some tracks is written by Bragg, others by Tweedy/Bennett, yet others by Bragg/Wilco. While I'm a huge Wilco fan, I must admit that the Bragg-written songs are more coherent within the Guthrie legacy. Check out for example the sparse "Eisler On the Go", and "Another Man's Done Done" (with Tweedy on lead vocal). The best is "Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key" (with Natalie Merchant on back vocals). Natalie also sings lead on "Birds and Ships". (So you really shouldn't be surprised by Natalie's fab collection of folk tunes "The House Carpenter's Daugther", issued independently last year).In all, this is a terrific collection, which deservedly received a second volume as well. Recommended for fans of Billy Bragg, Wilco, Woddy Guthrie, and of course Bob Dylan."
Deserving of Ten Thousand Stars
Gianmarco Manzione | Tampa, FL USA | 05/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every once in a while and usually out of the blue, we are graced with an album that defies time and genre, the type of music that we will be listening to when Mars is terraformed; Mermaid Avenue is just such an album. It is the diamond in the careers of both Bragg and Wilco. Whether it's the boisterous "Walt Whitman's Neice," the thumping drums of "California Stars," or the country folk of "Minor Key," this album offers a richness of sound that will have listeners licking their chops. The innocence of tracks like "Hoodoo Voodoo" or "Ingrid Bergman" creates a fragile balance with the spate of darker songs, like "One by One," which sounds as if pulled from a deep burrow of desire in Woody Guthrie's soul and recalls the sweet yearning of Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay." While the album delivers consistently good music, each song is so different from its predecessor that even the most casual listener's attention is unlikely to wander. Nominated for a Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy, "Mermaid Avenue" is a priceless example of Guthrie's achievement at the dawn of a new century."