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Though his lovestruck solo disc Heartbreaker has its sad-eyed legions, and Gold moved vastly more copies, Ryan Adams has rarely matched the flinty immediacy and weary grace of this, his old band's 1995 debut. An alt-country touchstone, Faithless Street boasts a couple of satisfyingly ornery rockers in "Drank like a River" and "Hard Luck Story," but it's broken-heart ballads like "Black Arrow, Bleeding Heart," the title track, as well as the atmospheric "Midway Park," that make the album especially worthwhile. As with most young band's first records, the quality is uneven; Things suffer when Adams cedes vocal duties to guitarist Phil Wandscher on "Top Dollar" and "What May Seem Like Love." (In fairness, violin player Caitlin Cary holds her own on "Matrimony.") The 1998 reissue adds four cuts from the Faithless Street sessions, including an early version of "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight," plus five more tracks produced by Chris Stamey. The moody "Empty Baseball Park" and plaintive "Factory Girl" are the best of these.

Customer Reviews

How have I not heard this album yet?

I've been a fan of Whiskeytown and Ryan Adams since the late ninety's and just got this album. It is now my favorite of all. Reminiscent of early Uncle Tupelo and Alt Country music, although his album is definitley more country rock than alt. The extra tracks are indeed a bonus.

A good start

This debut(this is an expanded version of the '95 release) is actually one of his strongest efforts. Pretty good for a then 17 year old Ryan Adams....

One of my favorites

This has always been one of my favorite albums . . . but, surprise[?], these tracks aren't the same cuts as the ones on the CD I bought when it first came out.


Formed: 1994 in Raleigh, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

A band with as turbulent an existence as Whiskeytown was bound to implode sooner or later, but by the time they did, they had one of the largest cult followings of any alt-country band. Most accounts traced the source of all the turmoil to bandleader Ryan Adams, a gifted young songwriter whose flashes of brilliance came hand in hand with a volatile temper and an appetite for alcohol. Adams became notorious for his outbursts and erratic performances, and countless disputes with bandmates (some of...
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