If you have never heard Uncle Tupelo, all I can do to explain it is punk rock meets country. I can't explain it better than that, but it is really really heart-ful music. I can't say that the trio is overly talented, or that any of the music they make are masterpieces. But, for some reason, they make very good music. It seems to grow on you the more you listen to it and this album is the prime example of that.
This is not an album to get if you haven't heard or you're not a Tupelo fan. I would recommend either their anthology or Still Feel Gone. But, if you are already a fan, most agree this and Still Feel Gone are their prime albums. This seems to take the aura surrounding the band as a blue-collar, steel working group into new heights. Songs like Moonshiner and especially Coalminers seem like an honest testament to the lower class American workers, holding all the heart and soul of the people within the music. Like I said, it is probably the hardest album of theirs to get into, but if you are a Tupelo fan and you don't have this album, with the new release of the remastered version, there is just no excuse not to own this album.