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Strangers Almanac by Whiskeytown (1997)

WhiskeytownAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight (Strangers Almanac Album Version) 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Yesterday's News (Strangers Almanac Album Version) 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. 16 Days (Strangers Almanac Album Version) 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Everything I Do (Album Version) 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Houses On The Hill (Album Version) 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Turn Around (Album Version) 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dancing With The Women At The Bar (Album Version) 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Waiting To Derail (Album Version) 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Avenues (Album Version) 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (July 29, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: July 29, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Outpost Records
  • ASIN: B000002RBZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Helped Me Through A Hard Time January 21, 2001
By Bryan
Format:Audio CD
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."
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resilient and Despairing June 23, 1998
Format:Audio CD
I used to hate country music. The very sound of a steel guitar was enough to make me cringe. In retrospect, I realize that I didn't hate the music - I hated the culture: John Denver's endless series of insipid Christmas specials, Kenny Roger's smugly-trimmed beard, Dolly Parton's miracle-of-modern-technology body, and songs with titles like Hal Smith's "I Got a Stomach Full of Chitlins and a Bellyful of You." Garth Brooks' inexplicable ascent to a level of popularity akin only to Elvis and the Beatles made things worse as country's '90s "revival" had all the integrity of that of '70s "rockers" like Rod Stewart.
Thus, I was fully confident in my belief that country music was the nadir of American music. However, as my musical tastes grew, I kept discovering that a number of my favorite artists (the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, the Byrds, the Velvet Underground, Neil Young, even Elvis Costello) had recorded music that sounded like country to my untrained ear.
Moreover, their performances sounded great, which meant I either had to accept country as music or fascistly reject it.
I chose the former and now receive confused stares from other college students who pass my room as I blast Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. Indeed, our culture's elitist disdain for country music is unfortunate, as that prejudice blinds many people to some of the great country music being made today. Dwight Yoakam, Maria McKee, Steve Earle and the Cowboy Junkies have all made music as diverse and inspired as R.E.M., Counting Crow, Oasis or any other "college" band.
Whiskeytown's brilliant new album, "Strange's Almanac" continues this trend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top five of the 90's August 10, 2002
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Ryan Adams has one of those whiskey soaked voices that drives slow sad songs deeper and drives rockers with a frenzy that approaches John Lennon's raspy shouting on 'Twist and Shout.' On this album Adams' songwriting and a dedicated band that drifts easily from deep country with bluegrass tinges to Stones (or John Mellencamp or Paul Westerberg)inspired rock and roll, combine on record ranks easily as one of the top five for the entire decade.
I have heard bands or singers called "World Weary", and no band is a better example than Whiskeytown. Lumping them in the "Alt-Country" or "No Depression" (whatever that means) groups is unfair. Whiskeytown is equal parts rock and roll and country and with Benmont Tench manning the keyboards behind them, this band turns out some of the best [North] American music this side of Tench's full time job, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers or the Band [mostly Canadians]. How many "Alt-Country" could turn out a ballad as souful [including horns] as 'Everything I Do?'
The songs themselves swing from the simple and plaintive opener 'Inn Town' and 'Losering' to the raving 'Yesterday's News' and 'Waiting to Derail' to the bare bones acoustic guitar and fiddle on 'Houses on the Hill' and 'Avenues' and the afforementioned 'Everything I Do.' Every song on here stands pretty much on its own and the changing styles keeps everything moving. Going from 'Houses' to the late era Replacements-ish 'Turn Around' to the dark and brooding 'Dancing with the Women at the Bar' is a good example.
Do yourself a favor and just buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by ron faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album
Strangers Almanac sounds superb on vinyl.The album came sealed and packaged with no signs of scratching or warps. You should buy this for the Whiskeytown lover in your life!
Published 5 months ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly good!
This is the breakthrough album for Ryan Adams, though Faithless Street is also exceptional as well. This one was what lifted him onto the national stage. Really good!
Published 7 months ago by Christopher Pike
3.0 out of 5 stars Just alright.
I'm on the fence about this CD. When I heard the artist the first time... I didn't expect it to be as "country" as it actually is. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Renee
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
There are some timeless songs on this album. Very well done. Ryan Adams' talent is evident. I'm surprised this didn't get more play.
Published 13 months ago by Ron DiMattia
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece; one of Adams' best
I'm sorry folks...Ryan just doesn't write songs this good anymore. I think everything he wrote from this period to around "Rock N Roll" is magnificent. Read more
Published on December 6, 2007 by Vinny Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for Ryan Adams Aficionados
I've never been a Country music fan, more like a Hater, if truth be known, therefore, was hestitant to lay out the big bucks for a Whiskeytown CD. Read more
Published on December 18, 2006 by Anita Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Adams & company shine - blows away his solo work!
I discovered Ryan Adams's solo work a few years ago and only recently began listening to his earlier work with Whiskeytown. Read more
Published on November 1, 2006 by Mark G. Reyero
5.0 out of 5 stars wintertime is the only time
This is easily one of the best albums produced in the 20th century. Who puts almanac in the title of a record? Read more
Published on July 2, 2006 by Danielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Other stuff to check out
I am a huge fan of alt-country, roots rock, Americana or whatever you wanna call it. This is a classic in the genre. Read more
Published on June 20, 2006 by Artie Fufkin
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