Strangers Almanac [Deluxe Edition] (CD)


Whiskeytown

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Amoeba Staff 08/13/2010


Whiskeytown, one of the several musical endeavors that served as the launching point for singer-songwriter-extraordinaire Ryan Adams, gets the deluxe edition reissue treatment of their 1997 sophomore album Strangers Almanac. Echoes of Whiskeytown’s alt-country contemporaries Wilco—circa 1996 and their Being There double album—surface in the plaintive homecoming opening track “Inn Town,” before rollicking into the country bar-stomper “Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight.” Ryan croons and crows with a whiskey-soaked longing (a voice that would serve him very well on his debut solo album Heartbreaker in 2000; Strangers Almanac certainly provided more than a blueprint for Ryan’s solo career), with bandmates Caitlin Cary and Phil Wandscher adding subtle violin and guitar flourishes. The band shifts effortlessly between alt-country and indie rock (two genres not always easily defined), across the catchy singles “16 Days” and “Yesterday’s News,” to the staggering “Turn Around” and the amazing slow-burn elegy of the closing track “Not Home Anymore.” Included on this reissue are five bonus tracks recorded live in the studio, as well as an entire bonus disc filled with alternate recordings and previously unreleased material (including covers of Fleetwood Mac and Gram Parsons). Whiskeytown called it quits after only three albums, but in Strangers Almanac, it’s easy to see how Ryan Adams established himself as such an accomplished and prolific solo musician. The surging creative spark was there from the very beginning. (Brain Goulbourn)



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Inn Town
Whiskeytown 05:50
2.
Excuse While I Break My Own Heart Tonight
Whiskeytown 03:15
3.
Yesterday's News
Whiskeytown 02:49
4.
16 Days
Whiskeytown 03:54
5.
Everything I Do
Whiskeytown 04:31
6.
Houses on the Hill
Whiskeytown 02:38
7.
Turn Around
Whiskeytown 05:17
8.
Dancing with the Women at the Bar
Whiskeytown 04:38
9.
Waiting to Derail
Whiskeytown 03:54
10.
Avenues
Whiskeytown 02:31
11.
Losering
Whiskeytown 04:00
12.
Somebody Remembers the Rose
Whiskeytown 02:30
13.
Not Home Anymore
Whiskeytown 05:59
14.
Houses on the Hill [Live] (Bonus Track)
Whiskeytown 03:42
15.
Nurse with the Pills [Live] (Bonus Track)
Whiskeytown 04:40
16.
I Don't Care What You Think About Me [Live] (Bonus Track)
Whiskeytown 03:18
17.
Somebody Remembers the Rose [Live] (Bonus Track)
Whiskeytown 02:33
18.
Turn Around [Live] (Bonus Track)
Whiskeytown 04:26
19.
Indian Gown
Whiskeytown 04:46
20.
16 Days [Demo]
Whiskeytown 03:13
21.
Somebody Remembers the Rose [Demo]
Whiskeytown 02:45
22.
Avenues [Demo]
Whiskeytown 03:34
23.
Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight [Demo]
Whiskeytown 02:43
24.
Houses on the Hill [Early Version]
Whiskeytown 02:25
25.
My Heart Is Broken
Whiskeytown 03:04
26.
I Still Miss Someone [Demo]
Whiskeytown 02:24
27.
Kiss & Make Up
Whiskeytown 03:31
28.
Barn's on Fire
Whiskeytown 01:43
29.
Dancing with the Women at the Bar [Early Version]
Whiskeytown 04:28
30.
Dreams
Whiskeytown 05:49
31.
Breathe
Whiskeytown 04:07
32.
Wither, I'm a Flower
Whiskeytown 04:53
33.
Luxury Liner
Whiskeytown 02:40
34.
Theme for a Trucker
Whiskeytown 04:29
35.
Streets of Sirens
Whiskeytown 03:44
36.
Turn Around [Early Version]
Whiskeytown 04:02
37.
10 Seconds
Whiskeytown 04:15
38.
Ticket Time
Whiskeytown 03:54
39.
The Rain Won't Help You When It's Over
Whiskeytown 04:34

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