WHISKEYTOWN - Faithless Street (1998)

Much has been made of Whiskeytown's turbulent, short-lived life and the antics and attitude of its lead singer and songwriter Ryan Adams. But all that falls by the wayside with one listen to the alt-country youngsters' 1996 debut "Faithless Street". Though its antecedents are easy enough to trace (Uncle Tupelo, anyone?), "Faithless Street" updates the classic country-rock sound with enough grit and sincerity to make it fresh and vital. In part this vitality comes from Adams's punk rock background: there is enough muscle and DIY attitude here to spawn any number of front-porch alt-country wannabes. But the real weapon is Adams' songwriting, be it the spiraling melancholy of opener "Midway Park," the waltz-time beauty of the title track, or the serious country perfection of "Matrimony." The musicians--with their weeping pedal steel, steady backbeats, and fierce electric guitars (not to mention Caitlin Cary's fine violin and vocals), are no slouches either. "Faithless Street" deserves a place alongside seminal alt-country albums by Uncle Tupelo and the Jayhawks, which is high praise indeed.

Originally released on Moodfood Records, this remixed reissue contains new artwork and bonus tracks.

01. Midway Park 02. Drank Like A River 03. Too Drunk To Dream 04. Tennessee Square (bonus track) 05. What May Seem Like Love 06. Faithless Street 07. Mining Town 08. If He Can't Have You 09. Black Arrow, Bleeding Heart 10. Matrimony 11. Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight (bonus track) 12. Desperate Ain't Lonely (bonus track) 13. Hard Luck Story 14. Top Dollar 15. Lo-Fi Tennessee Mountain Angel (for Kathy Poindexter) (bonus track) 16. Revenge 17. Empty Baseball Park (baseball park sessions) 18. Here's To The Rest Of The World (baseball park sessions) 19. 16 Days (baseball park sessions) 20. Yesterday's News (baseball park sessions) 21. Factory Girl (baseball park sessions)



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