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Strangers Almanac
Strangers Almanac
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Strangers Almanac first grabs you because it sounds so great. It's filled with dynamic performances that smolder moodily, then flare quickly into firestorms of twangy and soulful guitar rock that fuse Uncle Tupelo with the...  more »


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All Artists: Whiskeytown
Title: Strangers Almanac
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Outpost Records
Original Release Date: 7/29/1997
Release Date: 7/29/1997
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Roots Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 607703000520, 607703000544

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Strangers Almanac first grabs you because it sounds so great. It's filled with dynamic performances that smolder moodily, then flare quickly into firestorms of twangy and soulful guitar rock that fuse Uncle Tupelo with the Stones, the Replacements, with Gram Parsons. But what makes this album essential are the songs of frontman Ryan Adams. Take "Houses On The Hill," about a man merely going through a box of old letters: in just two verses, and to a melody that's the definition of bittersweet, Adams relates a drama more rich in detail than most novels. One of '97's best albums. --David Cantwell

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It Helped Me Through A Hard Time
Bryan | Colorado | 01/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was young and in love in the early twenties with a woman I thought I was going to marry. She left and I was suddenly lost. One of my roomates loved this album. She said it was one of the best albums she had ever heard. I listened to it and it made no impression what so ever. Then, I listened to it after I had experienced some real emotional pain...I drank a lot for three months, a lot of bourbon actually, and this was the album I listened to at 2, 3, or 4 o'clock in the morning. Songs like Inn Town, Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight, 16 Days, and Everything I Do dredged the pain up nightly and made me deal with it.Maybe the album is only for certain people at certain times in their lives. But more than once I have been in the used CD section of a record store and saw someone looking at Stranger's Almanac by Whiskeytown. I always walk up to that person and say, "You know, I don't know who you are, or what you listen to, but the CD you have in your hand is one of the best CDs I've ever owned. If you buy that CD, it will be one of the best bargins you've ever had.""
Doesn't seem like a stranger, seems like an old friend!
Jeff Paszkiet | 04/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is not an Uncle Tupelo,Gram Parsons,etc rip off band like everyone seems to think. Just listen to it without trying to compare them to everyone else. There's a lot of different styles on this CD. Straight up rock tunes like Yesterday's News which has some great lines like"...cause nothing's what you did,and I can't stand to be under your wing..." Everything I Do reminds me of a soul ballad. Not Home Anymore has a cool drone intro. Houses on the Hill is one of my favorites about a kid or guy exploring an old attic discovering past, secret lives. Some of my favorite lyrics"...I found it in the Northwest corner of the attic in a box labeled tinsel and lights. Didn't know what I was looking for,maybe just a blanket or artifacts...." Avenues,Inn Town,Dancing with the women at the bar. There's not a bad track on here if you listen a few times. Your favorite tracks will just keep changing with each listen. Ryan is a great writer and has a great voice for this stuff. I'm glad he switched from punk rock."
Nice Effort
John Moeller | Lincoln, NE | 12/21/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For all the comparisons to country-rock legend Gram Parsons, Ryan Adams does quite well exceeding him as far as artistic merit is concerned. A talent like Adams graces the world of music once every other generation. If it isn't his ability to write sincere, directly spiritual and personal songs that incorporate every era of American popular music it's his incredibly rich and varied vocals that work miracles on the hearts and minds of poets everywhere.
The first six tracks on this record stand up to anything in the entire history of the genre of country-rock, including "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" and "March 16-20".
Although filler starts to take hold towards the end of the album, it's enough of a showing to embellish Ryan Adams' hypnotic force as a song and dance man in the minds of rock fans for an eternity."