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Anodyne

Uncle Tupelo

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Album Review

Uncle Tupelo never struck a finer balance between rock and country than on Anodyne, their major-label debut and parting shot. For all of the ill will undoubtedly simmering throughout these sessions, Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy have never before been more attuned to each other musically; where earlier records often found the band's twin forces moving in opposing directions, Anodyne bears the full fruits of their shared vision. Recorded live in the studio, the album encompasses and reinterprets not only country-rock (evidenced by the group's pairing with Doug Sahm on his "Give Back the Key to My Heart") but also traditional country (the tribute to the songwriting legacy of "Acuff-Rose"), rock (the churning "The Long Cut," "Chickamauga"), and folk ("New Madrid," "Steal the Crumbs"), the band's reach never once exceeding its grasp.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic

I've had this album for 15 years and it sits solidly in my top 10 of all time. Country twang, alt edge, awesome guitars. "Fifteen Keys" never ceases to amaze me.

Buy this!

This truly is an awesome album. If you enjoy alt-country genre this is a must have! Uncle Tupelo ended up breaking up and off into Wilco and Son Volt.

It's all American

I always come back to this record. No matter what. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Belleville, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

With the release of their 1990 debut LP, No Depression, the Belleville, IL, trio Uncle Tupelo launched more than simply their own career — by fusing the simplicity and honesty of country music with the bracing fury of punk, they kick-started a revolution which reverberated throughout the American underground. Thanks to a successful online site and subsequent fanzine which adopted the album's name, the tag "No Depression" became a catch-all for the like-minded artists who, along with Tupelo,...
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