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Uncle Tupelo Audio CD
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1. Slate
2. Acuff-Rose
3. The Long Cut
4. Give Back The Key To My Heart
5. Chickamauga
6. New Madrid
7. Anodyne
8. We've Been Had
9. Fifteen Keys
10. High Water
11. No Sense In Lovin'
12. Steal The Crumbs

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Before Anodyne, Uncle Tupelo already had one masterpiece in 1991's noisy and tense Still Feel Gone, but this album, the band's major-label debut, had even grander ambitions. Replacing the group's grungy guitar with soaring lap and pedal-steel fills, plus fiddle and mandolin breaks both sweet and raucous, Anodyne is overflowing with a spacious grandeur that alludes to, and then makes it own, everything from the Band and the Stones and Neil Young (both as a solo artist and with Crazy Horse) to old Acuff-Rose songs--all of which is just to say that it's among the best roots-rock records ever made. --David Cantwell

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5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Their Best For Last May 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
Anodyne was Uncle Tupelo's major label debut and also their swan song. After going the acoustic route on their previous album, the band revs back up into the country-rock arena. They shoot for the top and don't miss. The album is a perfect blend of rock songs "Chickamauga" and "The Long Cut", folk like the amazing "New Madrid" and "Steal The Crumbs", straight country in "Acuff-Rose" and the marrying of their sounds on the brilliant remake of Doug Sahm's "Give Back The Keys To My Heart" (Mr. Sahm provides guest vocals on the track). The band unfortunately splintered apart after the album with Jay Farrar forming Sun Volt and Jeff Tweedy forming the more successful and critically lauded Wilco. But as their parting gift, they served up one of the best albums of the 90's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one more reason to love uncle tupelo April 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
all sorts of great things have been written about this group, here and at altcountry.com, and at any other place that has taken the time to review this band. two reason i own all their music and most of the two off-springs of this group: great lyrical content, great music...what more can ya ask for? write about american history, heartbreak, folklore, tragedy,love, combine that with timeless folk, rock, punk, country. what do you get? a classic must own collection of songs, albums, you get the picture. this album stayed on my disc player for at least two straights months...i only took it off so i wouldn't burn out on the album....will be as classic as any dylan, stones, who, or neil album!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A raw, passionate parting shot Oct. 26 2003
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Upon the first listen to Uncle Tupelo's 1993 album Anodyne, the aura of something coming to an end is clear. Nearly every one of Farrar's songs contain lyrics hinting at separation: "The time is right for getting out while we still can", "No sign of reconciliation", "We can't seem to find common ground", and finally "No more will I see you". In hindsight, we should have seen Uncle Tupelo's demise as clearly as we should have seen Kurt Cobain's suicide. But we didn't, and that only makes the music more haunting and timeless.
As splintered as some Tupelo albums are, it is ironic that Anodyne is cohesive and flows effortlessly from track to track. Jeff Tweedy clearly caught up with Jay Farrar on the album, his songs emitting the buoyant and upbeat antidote to Farrar's mournful ballads. The frenetic energy of the band's early days is gone, replaced with a more balanced and subdued mix of rock and country. The band's sophistication has always stood in contrast with its age, but while listening it's hard to imagine that this band has only been releasing albums for 4 years. While Anodyne is UT's first release on a major label, it retains the raw edge of earlier releases; this can be attributed to the band's standards of getting the songs down live in one take. Mistakes are clearly audible and some parts could be tightened, but the deficiencies actually add to the quality and credibility of the album creating an achingly vulnerable atmosphere. Remarkably, the orchestration is stunning in most places and you have to remind yourself that there were no overdubs or studio trickery in place. Mandolins and guitars drive in sync, lap steel floats over the mix, bass hooks abound creating a sound that at the same time soothes and rubs against the grain of your eardrums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Irreparable Rift Aug. 31 2003
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By now it should be apparent that, irrespective of genre, two brilliant songwriters can coexist within the same band for only so long. Such collaborations may last but a few months, as in the case of the early incarnation of Metallica that featured both James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine, or as long as several years in the cases of the dynamic duos that fronted the Beatles (ok, George Harrison made them a dynamic trio of songwriters) and Uncle Tupelo. Ultimately, however, a band with more than one ingenious songwriter is destined to fission.
Luckily, in the case of Uncle Tupelo, childhood friends Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy were able to work together long enough to produce four excellent studio albums, the last of which, Anodyne, represents their most remarkable artistic achievement as a songwriting team.
The proceedings start out well enough with the mournful "Slate" and hoedown worthy "Acuff-Rose". However, the meat of the album starts on the third track, "The Long Cut", which is the first in what seems like an endless stream of classics to come. "Give Back the Key to My Heart" manages to be sweet, funny, and heartbreaking all at once. As perhaps the finest and most rocking song UT ever recorded, "Chickamauga" features a several minute blistering guitar solo outro that soars to the rarified heights achieved before by only a handful of bands such as Pearl Jam on "Alive" and Pink Floyd on "Comfortably Numb". After the frenzied glory of "Chickamauga", the laid-back country pickin' on "New Madrid" comes almost as a relief. "We've Been Had" snags the riff from Springsteen's "Crush on You" and does great things with it. "Steal the Crumbs" is a wonderfully mellow closer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of Its Time and Timeless
When this album came out, there was nothing else like it. Now there are lots of spinoffs and paler versions (e.g. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The Heir Apparent to The Band
Uncle Tupelo was a thing of beauty. They had the spook, they had the root, they had the rhythm and the mystery, and the train they drove chugged through the heartland. Read more
Published on March 27 2003 by o dubhthaigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Uncle Tupelo is definitely a band that matured with each release. This is one of the most polished, refined and splendid alt-country albums ever. Read more
Published on March 17 2003 by "sbrooks76"
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Uncle Tupelo is definitely a band that matured with each release. This is one of the most polished, refined and splendid alt-country albums ever. Read more
Published on March 17 2003 by "sbrooks76"
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have CD!
Being a newer UT follower I hadn't yet acquired the original CD. I'm glad that I waited. My only other album to date had been the anthology and after that I was hooked. Read more
Published on March 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Simply one of the best
My personal opinion says that this is the greatest and most refined of the Uncle Tupelo releases giving you more enjoyment for your buck than any of the other Uncle Tupelo... Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2002 by David C. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 10
Anodyne is the stuff written and performed by the guys who tip their hat to the genius of Neil Young but turn the notch up to eleven. Read more
Published on May 15 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars It was never better than at the end
Best album ever? Probably not. Best of 90's? Maybe. Best Uncle Tupelo album? Most definantly. And that's saying a lot. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2002 by Scot Phillips
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but it's not that great
Reading all these 5 star reviews of this CD, I'm thinking these guys are in the Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Brothers/Neil Young league, but sadly, the disc doesn't measure up to... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2001 by JG
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