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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
  • ASIN: B000002RBZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,598 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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I am a huge fan of alt-country, roots rock, Americana or whatever you wanna call it.
Artie Fufkin
This is the breakthrough album for Ryan Adams, though Faithless Street is also exceptional as well.
Christopher Pike
Alejandro Escovedo's lyrics add a great element to this song and make it even better.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on January 21, 2001
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 By Jeff Paszkiet on April 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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 By neros@leland.stanford.edu on 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 By Charles A Galupi on 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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