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No Depression - too right, this is great!!!
on 26 February 2004
I missed Uncle Tupelo first time around but bought No Depression following the recent re-issue and was completely blown away.
From Graveyard Shift to John Hardy the standard never dips; country, punk, rock & roll, blues and grunge - it's all in there, blended and delivered with devastating effect. As usual Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy share lead vocal duties, brilliantly raw and passionate in their delivery of lyrics so succinct yet instatly image provoking that I was reminded of early REM and the Velvet Underground.
Slightly in-your-face and heavy in places it may take a few listens to be fully appreciated, but then all the best records do!
Stand out tracks include That Year, Train, Flatness, Screen Door and John Hardy. The anthemic Whiskle Bottle is the album's pinnacle, although it'd be possible to agrue for most tracks it's such a rich piece of work.
The bonus numbers are a nice "to have" but don't really add much to the original track list. The cover of Gram Parson's Sin City and acoustic version of Whiskey Bottle probably the highlights here.