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Faithless Street

WhiskeytownAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (May 21, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mood Food Records
  • ASIN: B000006M2D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Midway Park
2. Drank Like a River
3. Too Drunk to Dream
4. Tennessee Square [*]
5. What My Seem Like Love
6. Faithless Street
7. Mining Town
8. If He Can't Have You
9. Black Arrow, Bleeding Heart
10. Matrimony
11. Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight [*]
12. Desperate Ain't Lonely [*]
13. Hard Luck Story
14. Top Dollar
15. Lo-Fi Tennessee Mountian Angel [For Kathy Poindexter][*]
16. Revenge [*]
17. Empty Baseball Park
18. Here's to the Rest of the World
19. 16 Days
20. Yesterday's News
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Original 12-track Mood Food CD as pictured. (Amazon's track listing is for the reissue). Contains the rare track Oklahoma. Does not contain the tracks marked by an asterisk.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for the No Depression crowd ... November 16, 1999
Format:Audio CD
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.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NC's Dylan... November 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
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...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust the reviews August 6, 2000
By "mshuk"
Format:Audio CD
I have never purchased a CD from a band I've never heard of based solely on Amazon reviews. I took a chance on this one though and trust me, if you enjoy Uncle Tupelo (any of their recordings) or the original Jayhawks, you will love this CD. I got it a week ago and haven't listened to anything else since. Just get it...you'll love it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Tupes' stumbled and dropped the torch. . . January 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
. . . 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?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Adams at his best May 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
THIS is truly alt-country, a healthy blend of Hank Williams and Nirvana. This is also the best vocals you are going to hear from Ryan Adams. Stark lyrics and beautiful harmonies (thanks to Caitlin Cary) this is one of those albums that lingers with you long after the last note fades. And, as an added bonus, if you haven't already purchased this album the new release includes 9 additional tracks.
The album opens softly with "Midway Park." Then they break into the blistering rocker "Drank Like A River," that has the lyrical feel of a younger Kris Kristofferson. Next comes the wrought "Too Drunk To Dream," a perfect example of Adam's Williams-esque self destructive side. Next comes the first of the added tracks, the haunting "Tennessee Square," a ballad of small town alienation. Next comes the heavy slice of honky tonk, the backhanded "What May Seem Like Love." Then the album edges into the stark pain of "Faithless Street" which finds Adams seeking plaintively, "If angels are messengers from God/please send one down to me/if angels are messengers of God/Got a letter He should read." "Mining Town" continues this theme of stripped down haunted feelings., pairing haunting steel guitar and spine tingling harmonies. They kick back into honky tonk form for the dark "If He Can't Have You." Black Arrow Bleeding Heart" sound like a contemporary mountain ballad. Caitlin Cary takes her only turn at lead vocals on the blackly humorous "Matrimony," where she belts out "I don't believe I care to marry/though I cannot say exactly why/It somehow seems to me that matrimony is misery/It's simply a faster way to die." Ryan Adams sounds like a younger Hank Williams as he tears into "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight" and the following "Desperate Ain't Lonely.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top five record of the 90's July 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The songs and performances on this album are so good that it is frightening. Virtually every song is outstanding and there are 7-8 instant classics which could rival anything in the catalogues of Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Gram Parson or any country great you can name. Seriously. To be able to get 21 songs of this quality by one band for the money is almost criminal. These guys leave the other No Depression bands oh-so far behind in their gravel road dust.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites September 30, 2004
By Jake Z
Format:Audio CD
This album was recorded in the summer of 1995. In my opinion it's an alt-country classic, and it introduced me to some of the best music I've heard. I love all of Whiskeytown's albums, and Ryan Adams' and Caitlin Cary's solo work as well. This album (their first) has a special place in my heart. The music here is gritty, honest and beautiful. The album is introspective all around, especially on songs like "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight", "If He Can't Have You", "Desperate Ain't Lonely", and others. The album was re-released in 1998 with bonus tracks, and it remains as one of their best albums.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Adams announces his presence
This is pretty stunning! Especially for someone as young as he was then, and the chemistry with Caitlan Carey made the first two Whiskeytown albums so special!
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Pike
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Just click buy before they are all gone.
I can't stop listening to this cd.
In Fact, I bought all their cd's.
This is just the start of the brilliance of Ryan. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stanley R. Poulsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Westerberg Meets Gram Parsons
Man, The Byrds, "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" is a great album. You know what else is a great album? The Replacements, "Let it Be. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eli Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars gift
the cd was a gift for christmas, so I can not rate it, you should not put a limit on the words for review, things are purchased sometime for a gift.
Published 15 months ago by Robin Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Ryan Adams is Terrific Stuff
I really liked this CD. When Adams sticks to country-ish music, he nails it. The Gram Parson's influence is a good thing. The punkier songs are more enjoyable here than say ... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Thomas LaBelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to the classics...
Recently came across this album on the iPod, hadn't listened to it in years. Wonderful little trip down memory lane. Read more
Published on August 1, 2010 by SMT
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever made
I have a huge collection of Americana, alt.country, etc. and this CD is
in the pantheon. It's just a wonderful, wonderful CD. Ryan Adams and Co.
are fantastic here.
Published on March 8, 2010 by John J. Bilchak III
5.0 out of 5 stars Still crazy after all these years
It's hard to believe this one is more than a decade old now. However, it's such a timeless record that its age doesn't even seem to matter. Read more
Published on April 15, 2009 by P. Opus
5.0 out of 5 stars best Whiskeytown album
I own all the Whiskeytown albums, and while Strangers Almanac will always hold a special place as my first Whiskeytown album, Faithless Street is hands down the best. Read more
Published on March 22, 2009 by music fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Deal
By far one of the best "country" albums written, performed, and produced in the last decade. An excellent example of how the original tradition of country music (that of singing... Read more
Published on June 16, 2008 by Ty M. Albright
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