Monday, August 13, 2018

Uncle Tupelo - No Depression (1990)


Rock, Country | FLAC | 2 CD | 815 Mb

Uncle Tupelo's landmark opening salvo is the group's most rock-oriented album, steeped more in breakneck speed, punk crunch, and guitar dissonance than any of their subsequent efforts. Indeed, despite the presence of mandolins, fiddles, and banjos -- as well as inclusion of the title track, a faithful cover of the A.P. Carter classic -- the trio's vaunted country leanings are less musical than thematic on No Depression, thanks in large part to singers/songwriters Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy's acute depictions of rural, blue-collar life. Like the Replacements -- never more obvious an influence than on this LP -- Uncle Tupelo's songs paint grim, unrelenting portraits of aimless Midwestern existence, split between days working on the opening cut's "Factory Belt" and nights spent blurry-eyed and wasted ("Whiskey Bottle," "Before I Break"). Still, for all of the record's doleful cynicism -- virtually every cut nods toward dashed hopes, broken promises, and paralyzing fear -- there's an undeniable electricity afoot as well; by channeling the mournful clarity of country into the crackling fury of punk, No Depression brings new life to both musical camps.

CD 1
1. Graveyard Shift (4:43)
2. That Year (3:00)
3. Before I Break (2:48)
4. No Depression (2:20)
5. Factory Belt (3:13)
6. Whiskey Bottle (4:46)
7. Outdone (2:48)
8. Train (3:19)
9. Life Worth Livin' (3:32)
10. Flatness (2:58)
11. So-Called Friend (3:12)
12. Screen Door (2:42)
13. John Hardy (2:22)
14. Left in the Dark (3:10)
15. Won't Forget (2:50)
16. I Got Drunk (2:26)
17. Sin City (3:53)
18. Whiskey Bottle [Live Acoustic] (4:40)

CD 2
1. Outdone (2:59)
2. That Year (3:13)
3. Whiskey Bottle (4:54)
4. Flatness (3:23)
5. I Got Drunk (3:09)
6. Before I Break (2:46)
7. Life Worth Livin' (3:27)
8. Train (3:30)
9. Graveyard Shift (4:57)
10. Screen Door (2:47)
11. No Depression (2:18)
12. Blues Die Hard (4:10)
13. Before I Break (3:12)
14. I Got Drunk (2:56)
15. Screen Door (2:24)
16. Blues Die Hard (4:01)
17. Pickle River (2:17)


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