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Mermaid Avenue Volume 2

Billy Bragg & Wilco Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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1. Airline To Heaven
2. My Flying Saucer
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4. Hot Rod Hotel
5. I Was Born
6. Secrets Of The Sea
7. Stetson Kennedy
8. Remember The Mountain Bed
9. Blood Of The Lamb
10. Against The Law
11. All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose
12. Joe DiMaggio Done It Again
13. Meanest Man
14. Black Wind Blowing
15. Someday, Some Morning, Sometime

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Who knew that after the undeniable, sometimes shimmering, sometimes rustic magic of Mermaid Avenue that there was enough quality material for a second volume? By setting their own music to Woody Guthrie's lyrics, Billy Bragg and Wilco once again offer a 50-minute testament to Guthrie's long, dynamic shadow. This sophomore meeting is as balanced between the up-tempo and the down-tempo as was the first volume. Jeff Tweedy's rasp gives all the Wilco-driven tunes a certain grit, and the songs Bragg takes on have a luminescent, frank earnestness that intensifies the delivery of Guthrie's lyrical social critiques. "Hot Rod Hotel", with Bragg handling the vocals, melds the two approaches best, and "Secret of the Sea" is the album's most pop-like centrepiece. Natalie Merchant's playful "I Was Born" is brief but sweet, just as blues-man Corey Harris's "Against the Law" is an uplift, with his passionate vocal wail mirroring the political gist of Guthrie's words. The moody closers, "Black Wind Blowing" and "Someday, Some Morning, Sometime" end Mermaid Avenue Volume 2 with a pair of sweetly sad gems, one a Bragg-sung folk blues that mourns the loss of cotton crops in the American dustbowl era, the other a Tweedy-sung paean to lost love. --Andrew Bartlett

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5.0 out of 5 stars I stumbled upon a gem... July 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was born and bred on rock and roll, but lately I've been more interested in jazz, world music and classical. I'm not really enthusiastic about folk music, but I listen to it from time to time. When I pulled this album from the bin at the library, it was because I had heard some Billy Bragg before and thought it was interesting. I knew nothing of Jeff Tweedy and Wilco. This disk blew me away- ecclectic, original, different yet familiar, I think every track is a winner, even though I like some better than others. Certainly if you are sick of listening to the same old stuff, this is a great mixture of rock, blues, bluegrass, folk, and musical styles that should just be filed under "other." I enjoyed this sequqal much more than the first "Mermaid Avenue" disk- but judging from the other reviews this is an issue of personal taste. Then again, isn't music like that to begin with? I appreciate Woody Guthrie a whole lot more now, and I think it's tremendous what modern independant musicians have done with material from a previous generation. Definately check this disk out- I think it belongs in any serious music lover's collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars remember the mountain bed June 10 2003
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Format:Audio CD
remember the mountain bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!awesome!!!!!!!!say what you like, think what you will, but this song is worth the whole album. If there is such a thing as human, If it has soul, then that soul sounds like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Volume 1 March 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
If like me you bought Mermaid Avenue Volume 1 and liked it, but wondered if there was enough to go around for second CD - don't worry, there is. Of course there is enough Guthrie to go around for at least a second album. Now that I have been enjoying this one I wonder how I could have ever doubted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good March 10 2002
Format:Audio CD
I liked all the Wilco songs, but Billy Bragg wasn't all that great. The former still makes it a worthwhile purchase. Interestingly, a lot of Intellectually Important Music Critics feel that Wilco doesn't do the songs right - that they don't sound like Woody Guthrie songs - whereas Bragg is true to the material. Whatever. Jeff Tweedy sings great on this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept Sept. 3 2001
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard the concept behind this album, I became very intrigued--writing new, original music to old Woody Guthrie lyrics. Upon the first listen of this album, I was pulled in by the very first track, "Airline to Heaven" However, as I got deeper into the album, the more amazed I became. There are so many different themes and genres of music. "Remember the Mountain Bed" is THE romantic anthem...the lyrics are beautiful, yet unimaginably melancholy. This album is well worth the money if you are into folk-rock and so much more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I bought this one first June 26 2001
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Format:Audio CD
If you never heard the 1st CD, this one is really fresh. If you hear the first one first, maybe you won't like it as well. I think that 5 or 6 tracks are really outstanding. I've bought CD's for less good tracks before. Blood of the Lamb is my favorite... haunting, anti-racist, and very much in keeping with the Christian gospel. I also really enjoy Black Wind Blowing for the bluesy melody. Natalie Merchant sings a cute little song with no real meaning, but it's always nice to hear her voice. I'd buy it again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Corey Harris steals the show April 13 2001
Format:Audio CD
Bragg is great, but Corey outshines everybody with a single track. This is a good CD, but not as good as Volume 1. It doesn't quite have the same energy or drive as the first one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hits and misses, a mediocre album Dec 12 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I've got to agree more with the naysayers on this album. While not as "bad" as some make it out to be, in my opinion, 5 stars is just a gut reaction that some diehard fans have given to their boys.
Everything about the album screams out that it is just leftover material (even if it isn't, and honestly, I don't know). The CD even looks the same as the first one!
Ultimately, that's really not important, however. Musically, which is where it counts, the first half of the album is more or less consistent and yes, pleasant and interesting to listen to. However, there are just too many songs on here that are muddy, sloppy, and plain "ugly" to listen to. Write it off to artistic creativity if you will, and certainly, an artist can do as he/she pleases, but even Woody himself once said songs that make you feel bad are not good songs - these songs, while not the "downers" that I believe he was referring to, make my ears feel bad!
I keep listening to this CD in the hopes that it will "click" for me, and work together as a whole album, but I just find myself continuing to want to skip past so many songs on this album, and just listen to a handful of songs.
Wilco fans will hate me, but perhaps I liked Vol. 1 so much more than this one is because Wilco didn't sound so much like themselves!! Even though not a commercial success the band is still waaay overrated in my opinion.
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