Thursday, May 29, 2008

Top 10: alt-country albums

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I just went back and listened to The Old 97's new disc Blame it on Gravity again and decided it's the best entry in the band's catalog, which means it's one of the best alt-country albums of all time, which means I need to make a list. (For my four-star review of Blame it on Gravity click here and scroll down.) To simplify things, the CD had to come out after Uncle Tupelo's 1990 debut No Depression — or else this tally would probably be all Gram Parsons' bands, Townes Van Zandt and Outlaw Country classics. Anyway, her ya go:

Top 10: Alt-country albums

1. After Awhile (1991), Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Killer track: "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown"

2. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998), Lucinda Williams

Killer track: "Drunken Angel"

3. Human Remains (1996), Terry Allen

Killer track: "Back to Black" (w/Lucinda Williams)

4. Anodyne (1993), Uncle Tupelo

Killer track: "Give back the Key to My Heart" (w/Doug Sahm)

5. Train A-Comin' (1995), Steve Earle

Killer track: "Goodbye"

6. The Houston Kid (2001), Rodney Crowell

Killer track: "Rock of My Soul"

7. Teatro (1998), Willie Nelson

Killer track: "I Never Cared for You"

8. The Way I Should (1996), Iris DeMent

Killer track" "Wasteland of the Free"

9. Wrecking Ball (1995), Emmylou Harris

Killer track: "Where Will I Be"

10. Blame it on Gravity (2008), The Old 97's

Killer track: "The Fool"


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