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Cracker will be releasing their tenth studio effort, entitled Berkeley To Bakersfield, on 429 Records. It’s a double-album that finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape – the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield. With founding members David Lowery and Johnny Hickman anchoring the project, they’ve brought ... Read more in Amazon's Cracker Store

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  • Audio CD (October 7, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Reincarnate Music
  • ASIN: B0000CDL6W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Truckload Of Art
2. Duty Free
3. Up Against The Wall Redneck Mothers
4. Sinaloa cowboys
5. Family Tradition
6. The Bottle Let Me Down
7. Reasons To Quit
8. Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room
9. Ain't Gonna Suck Itself

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Glazer on February 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I gave this album 4 stars only because I would reserve 5 stars for such classics as "Blonde on Blonde" or other similarly situated albums. This album isn't "Blonde on Blonde" but it is certainly good. In their past albums Cracker alluded to the secret country band that resided within, but never really explored those tendencies (except for a few songs, usually penned by guitarist Johnny Hickman). This album is the realization of those tendencies in concentrated form. You can tell that Cracker intended this album as a protest album of sorts. As usual David Lowery is pissed; but this time you know who it is he's pissed at: The government ("Duty Free"), pretentious Americanism ("Truckload of Art"), ignorance of the blue collar ("Sinaloa Cowboys"), and most humorously, his record label ("Ain't Gonna Suck Itself"). In fact, the final song itself is worth the price of admission. As opposed to other reviewers, I think Hank Williams (I, II, or III), or Merle Haggard, would be proud of this album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim K. on January 13, 2004
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If you're a Cracker fan buy this record. It's got lots of tongue in cheek lyrics, up-tempo catchy tunes and classic Cracker wit. Perhaps the only negative is the length. Nine tracks is short even by old-school standards (I haven't yet watched the Ironic Mullets Quicktime - maybe this makes up for it).
I'm a little confused because aside from the title, this album is no more "country" than anything else Cracker has produced. True, they cover and twist the lyrics around on a couple of country classics like "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mothers" and "Family Tradition," but the Countrysides renditions don't sound anymore country than say "Sweet Thistle Pie" or "Dixie Babylon" off the Golden Age album.
Buy this album because Cracker is a fantastic, underrated band that more people should enjoy. Just don't expect Hank Williams Jr. to look down with approval when you hit play.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Clyde Spicer on July 16, 2004
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Folks, I love Cracker. And I love alt-country music, like the recently disappeared Americana channel on DirecTV. Damn them! Why does all the good stuff disappear, while Rap and Easy Listening lives on forever? I dunno.
Nevertheless, while Cracker is being seriously ironic, the music still kicks ass. Especially after four or five drinks. The only reason they don't get five stars for this disk is that they don't have "Okie From Muskogee" on the CD itself, only on the video, and then only part of it. Sorry, guys. It takes "Okie From Muskogee" to get five stars. "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down" and "Up Against The Wall Redneck Mothers" is only worth four stars.
But I loved "It Ain't Gonna Suck Itself" which is probably worth an extra 1/2 star, so we'll give you 4-1/2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Owen on December 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As alt country goes, this is near the top. A forgotten band (by radio and sales standards) doing what they want without a label putting their hands in the pot. In conjunction with "O Cracker Where Art Thou" Cracker has reinvented themselves, with more emphasis on the country/bluegrass side of rock and roll. If David Lowery injected a little more Camper Van experimentation into his songs they could (and well may) find a much larger audience, and become revered for their innovations and longevity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Tabler on September 17, 2007
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This album is something a little different for alternative rockers David Lowery and Cracker, a tribute to country music. I bought it for the cover of Ray Wylie Hubbard's Up Against the Wall Redneck Mothers. Ironically, it's one of the weakest tracks on the album. There are some real gems here, though, especially the version of Hank Williams Jr's Family Tradition, Haggard's Reasons to Quit, and Lowery's own suggestive ballard Ain't Gonna Suck Itself.
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Well, I'm not a big country music fan. But I'm a big Cracker fan, so I was a little torn with Countrysides. I don't hate country music, but I prefer to listen to other things. This album is country. Very country. Now, I'm not talking "Garth Brooks inspired by KISS and pop music country". I'm talking "Charlie Daniels inspired by hard-drinking country".
So, I'm giving it 4 stars. 3 for the music (my personal taste) and 5 for the band and what they are trying to do. Make an album that's something different from all of the other mindless junk that's coming out these days. Even in the saddest songs on the album ("Sinaloa Cowboys", "The Bottle Let me Down"), you can still tell that the band loves playing. And there is enough classic Cracker sounds ("Duty Free"), CVB-like ironic weirdness ("Truckload of Art"), and the best blow off song ever ("Ain't Gonna Suck Itself").
All in all, if you're a fan of alt-country, country, Cracker, or something a little out of the ordinary, get this album now.
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