WHISKEYTOWN - Strangers Almanac - Deluxe Edition (2008)
"Strangers Almanac" was Whiskeytown's penultimate album. The band is still steeped in the sounds of country and Gram Parsons-inspired country-rock here, but one can hear the music moving toward the pop of their final effort PNEUMONIA. Everything still centers around the voice and excellent songwriting of Ryan Adams (who was still only 22 at the time of this album's release). The song "16 Days," for example, with its breezy, open-road, country vibe and the lovely interlocking harmonies between Adams and violinist Caitlin Cary, was released as a single, and rightfully so. There is also the beautiful, melancholic weeper "Dancing With the Women at the Bar,"and a revisitiation of "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight," which appeared on the band's debut. Adams's talent shines so brightly here, in fact, that it is little wonder he would soon be pursuing a solo career (the internal tensions in the band would hasten its dissolution as well), but "Strangers Almanac" captures this fine, short-lived, alt-country band in full effect. - amazon.com
DISC 1: 01. Inn Town 02. Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight 03. Yesterday's News 04. 16 Days 05. Everything I Do 06. Houses On The Hill 07. Turn Around 08. Dancing With The Women At The Bar 09. Waiting To Derail 10. Avenues 11. Losering 12. Somebody Remembers The Rose 13. Not Home Anymore 14. Houses On The Hill (Live) 15. Nurse With The Pills (Live) 16. I Don't Care What You Think About Me (Live) 17. Somebody Remembers The Rose (Live) 18. Turn Around (Live)
DISC 2: 01. Indian Gown 02. 16 Days 03. Somebody Remembers The Rose 04. Avenues 05. Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight 06. Houses On The Hill 07. My Heart Is Broken 08. I Still Miss Someone 09. Kiss And Make Up 10. Barn's On Fire 11. Dancing With The Women At The Bar 12. Dreams 13. Breathe 14. Wither I'm A Flower 15. Luxury Liner 16. Theme For A Trucker 17. Streets Of Sirens 18. Turn Around 19. 10 Seconds 20. Ticket Time 21. Rain Won't Help You When It's Over
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