Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Here is how the first album from this alt-country-flavored Raleigh, North Carolina, band was always supposed to sound. When Faithless Street was released on the indie Mood Food label, it suffered from an inferior mix and o... more »
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Here is how the first album from this alt-country-flavored Raleigh, North Carolina, band was always supposed to sound. When Faithless Street was released on the indie Mood Food label, it suffered from an inferior mix and other enforced choices that frontman Ryan Adams and producers Chris Stamey and Tim Harper have successfully corrected. The result is restored and remastered versions of the original songs where the shining country soul, romantic heart, and rebel spirit of Adams's songwriting infuse every track. Among the nine bonus songs are earlier, arguably superior versions of Strangers Almanac standouts, including the exquisite "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight" and "16 Days" as well as violinist Caitlin Cary's vocal turn on "Matrimony." There are many other gems on this remarkable debut album by an uncommonly talented songwriter and his band. --John Sutton-Smith
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Chris Franklin | Oakland, CA | 11/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not a big fan of Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, or Wilco (I'm more of a Steve Earle/Rolling Stones/Replacements fan) -- but this CD has got its claws in me but GOOD. Top-notch songwriting, great arrangements, ace musicianship, beautiful melodies, and haunting harmonies all make this a must-have. You know those releases that you buy on a whim, and that profoundly change your musical outlook, that you can't take out of the CD player for months? This is one of 'em."
muse Kidd | North Carolina | 11/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Admittedly I am biased... I discovered this album in the winter of 2000 standing on a windy platform, waiting on a train in New Haven, CT... I was in the midst of a terrific divorce and this was the first CD I purchased following the abduction of my music collection... riding that cold MetroNorth commuter into Manhattan, walking through Grand Central and down Park Avenue in the snow, with headphones blasting; this album saved my sanity...It is a brilliant collection of songs that captures the "broke-down-and-busted-but-still-running" Alt. Country spirit so vividly ... bits of Uncle Tupelo; "Drank Like A River", the Jayhawks; "If He Can't Have You", Son Volt; "Top Dollar"... and still Adams breaks out on his own with gems; "Faithless Street", "Black Arrow, Bleeding Heart" and "Yesterdays News"... but he hits the hardest with "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart" and "Desperate Ain't Lonely"... and while "Factory Girl" is incredibly sweet with some of the prettiest guitar and gut-wrenching lyrics, a near perfect closer... it's the song "16 Days" that shows the talent that's about to explode... "Ghosts has got me running away from you"... Thanks Ryan, I needed to hear that one..."
When the Tupes' stumbled and dropped the torch. . .
mshuk | 01/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
". . . Whiskeytown grabbed it and kept running.Do yourself a favor. Justify the fact that you own a CD player and buy this album. Play it in your car when you're sick of hearing whimpering Australian soap stars squeak about being all torn up and out of faith on MTV. Make copies of "Faithless Street" and give them to everyone you know for Christmas. Jump up and down during the rocking numbers and make out to the slow ones. Get the picture?"