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Whiskeytown

Faithless Street – 1996 (Mood Food)

Reviewed by Joel Bernstein

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Whiskeytown is a much ballyhooed band out of Raleigh, N.C. Some folks are hailing them as the new heroes of alternative country and the true heirs to the Uncle Tupelo throne. "Faithless Street," their first full-length album, does not really live up to its hype, but it's a good enough album for people who just relax and enjoy it. Leader Ryan Adams vocally reminds at times Son Volt's Jay Farrar, but is more interesting He also writes some very good songs. Whiskeytown also has something of a secret weapon (albeit underutilized) in fiddler Caitlin Cary, who as a singer provides fine harmonies and shows very well on her one lead vocal. Her singing helps to distinguishWhiskeytown from many similar bands around. Still, this is an album for Uncle Tupelo fans more than country purists. While songs like "Too Drunk To Dream" and "What May Seem Like Love" are country-rock, others like "Oklahoma" have hardly any country flavor at all.