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Sebastopol [Extra tracks, Limited Edition]

Jay FarrarAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition
  • Label: Artemis Records
  • ASIN: B00005OAI5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sometimes a successful solo debut is more about honing an extant style than making wholesale changes. Here, Jay Farrar shelves his post-Uncle Tupelo band Son Volt and their Crazy Horse-meets-cowpunk sound in favor of a tuneful, acoustic approach. Solo or not, it's clear from the dark-hued melodies, obtuse lyrics, and yearning lead vocals on Sebastopol that this is obviously a Farrar record. No great stylistic leaps here, and, for fans, that's good news. An upbeat, repeat-chorused tune like "Voodoo Candle" would not be out of place on a Son Volt record. The twangy "Barstow" with David Rawlings on lap steel would have fit on a later Uncle Tupelo disc. And the mournful "Drain" is set to the tune Farrar has been writing since he began. The details are where things are different. From the violin-like keyboards of "Damaged Son," the drum machine and sitar intro of "Prelude (Make It Alright)," and the alternative tunings used throughout, it's clear that Farrar is now writing songs for himself and not a band. It's a change that casts the best moments of his craggy songwriting--the melodic turn of the chorus of "Feedkill Chain" and the solid craftsmanship of "Different Eyes"--in an even more beautiful light. --Robert Baird

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farrar Meets the Beatles? April 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Nothing in the recorded output of Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo through the 3 Sun Volt albums) prepared me for Sebastopol. And reading these reviews, it looks like a lot of people were equally unprepared. One review here calls it an "acoustic" record, while another complains of "shrill electronic sounds"... one seems to only like "Damn Shame" which is very unlike anything else on the record, another thinks "Barstow" is hackwork. Everybody's got two cents and I'm no exception.

I'm writing this in 2005, after "Terroir Blues" and the live records... and at this juncture, I'd say that Sebastopol is one of my favorite records of all time. As far as Farrar's work goes, I think it is second to "Trace" but just barely. What is very cool to me is just how different it is from his other stuff... what interesting stuff Jay can do when he decides to use the studio. Most of his records go for a more raw, "live band" sound which I love. But on Sebastopol, he had the time and money and desire to really use the studio step away from the formula. What he delivers is something that immediately struck me as a record that might have resulted if the Beatles were making Revolver in the 21st century with Neil Young in the band. I've never noticed a trace of Beatles in Jay, but there are moments here that feel like Rubber Soul, Revolver and even things like "It's all too much" from the Yellow Submarine album. And he does it without completely losing touch with the "cosmic American" sensibility that has been his signature.

Almost every song on this disk holds up well. Many are more tuneful and interesting than his average output, and it makes me wish that some of the Terroir Blues cuts had gotten a similar treatment. If you only like the more country edge of Jay, then you might not hang with Sebastopol.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More timeless music from Farrar October 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you've made it this far to the point where you're reading reviews to see if you should buy the CD I'll save you some time...Just buy it already! A very solid effort by all accounts. It's nice every now and then to not have to look for albums from the 60's and 70's to find music with actual content and feeling. These songs don't contain alot of catchy choruses or guitar hooks, but they'll grow on you fast and you won't be able to let go. The lyrics are standard issue Farrar, insightful, inspiring, determined, choppy, sometimes melancholy, but never boring. Overall, the CD is more listenable than Jay's last two albums with Son Volt. Two small complaints, all of the instrumentals are very short and don't really add that much to the album...similar to Jodel from Wide Swing Tremolo.....and some of the other songs come in at just over 2 minutes. However, I'm only going to deduct half a point and still round up to 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendental Alt-Country! September 28, 2001
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I have never been as big a fan of Jay Farrar as I am of Jeff Tweedy, and never will...but this album is pretty incredible. Many lame insults are thrown back and forth between the fans of Wilco and Son Volt. There may be some bitterness between the two stars, but how it effects the fans is beyond me. On to the album though...Jay is able to keep up his excellent lyricism and musicianship again on Sebastopol. With a variety of guests, including Gillian Welch on Barstow, this album maintains a solid feeling of hopeful isolation through every song. Farrar paints the picture of a rather desolate world, but puts in his two cents on how to cope with this planet of ours. With the inclusion of the little instrumental segways in between some of the songs, the album almost takes on the feel of a concept LP. Jay has begun to blend in more instruments, such as the sitar and some heavy synths on "Feed Kill Chain," which really haven't been incorporated into the genre before, outside of Wilco that is, and it's an overdue but welcome change. Jay's classic monotone voice is simply haunting in every way shape and form. My personal favorite tracks are the first single Voodoo Candle, Feel Free, Drain, and Make it Alright, but there is not a bad song on this album. If you love Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and Son Volt or are a fan of great singer/songwriter music in general...it's impossible to go wrong with this CD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The first time I heard Sebastopol, I was not impressed. The CD that had previously been enjoying steady rotation in my Walkman was Whiskeytown's Faithless Street, and compared to their rollicking honky-tonk anthems and Ryan Adams' rebel-without-a-shower attitude, Sebastopol hit me like a ton of lint. It sounded flat and morose, and the elaborate instrumentation seemed about as natural as tail fins on a pick-up truck.
However, as a long-time fan of Uncle Tupelo and the UT diaspora, I stuck with it. And I'm glad I did. More than a week after I bought it, Sebastopol has not left my CD player, and it continues to grow on me. What I am learning is that listening to the new Farrar is like breaking in a good pair of work boots: there's some initial stiffness, but over time you really appreciate the workmanship.
Jay Farrar has never aspired to demagoguery, but it is easy to understand how some fans have turned his opaque lyrics into a roadmap for modern asceticism, particularly when they are spiked with such disarming wisdom as: "when the way is finally found/ in the stacks and piles of dead promises/ that we keep around" (from Dead Promises).
Farrar may be breaking new ground with Sebastopol or he may be, as some reviewers suggest, hacking his way into a morass of self-indulgence. But it hardly matters to me: I'll follow him anywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remove the Filter and Enjoy
Check your Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt longings at the door and listen to this with fresh ears and an open mind. Read more
Published on March 25, 2008 by J. A. JACOBSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Jay's masterpiece
Not everyone will get this record. If I'm being honest, I thought it was okay at best after the first couple of listens but it seemed to grow on me with each additional listen. Read more
Published on March 2, 2006 by R. C. Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously, Folks....
This album has a certain depth to it that you feel almost immediately - the standout track, for me, is Outside the Door, where Jay sings about the "old" St. Louis. Read more
Published on December 30, 2003 by fuzzyknuckles
2.0 out of 5 stars Where�s the angst
I love Uncle Tupelo I believe that Jay and Jeff would feed off each other and reel each other in. Maybe it was that they were younger and had more angst. Read more
Published on November 13, 2003 by Lance S Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit disappointing
I don't like this album very much.

Although I'm a big fan of Jay Farrar (uncle tupelo and son volt) this album is a lot like "Farrar goes pop". Read more
Published on June 4, 2003 by Arnout Koeneman
5.0 out of 5 stars I rank this behind only Trace
Trace is a better album but I rank Sebastopol second. I think Sebastopol is better than Farrar's Son Volt efforts, Straitaways and Wide Swing Tremolo. Read more
Published on May 20, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistanly brilliant
Jay Farrar continues to write and perform the most consistantly brilliant music now available. From beginning to end, Sebastopol challenges the listener, whether through the... Read more
Published on March 13, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the Arizona jackass above!
This CD is pretty decent, and certainly deserves the fourteen or so bucks you will pay for it. The songs are more mellow than those on Farrar's previous solo album, and much more... Read more
Published on February 21, 2003 by "hartap9"
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the Arizona jackass above!
This CD is pretty decent, and certainly deserves the fourteen or so bucks you will pay for it. The songs are more mellow than those on Farrar's previous solo album, and much more... Read more
Published on February 21, 2003 by "hartap9"
1.0 out of 5 stars SO BORING
Do not believe the hype!
I like Ryan Adams and was therefore recomanded to get this album, but I must say that I have (almost) never listened to a record that is so boring as... Read more
Published on January 30, 2003 by L. B. Ivarsson
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