One of the best albums made in the last 14 years. A powerful St. Louis area three-piece band, this is one of the best works of the careers of Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy. The remastered version adds more language to this hard hitting epic. Uncle Tupelo nails a gut wrenching blue collar existence of crappy factory work, hard drinking, no money, smoke filled bars and just living in an environment where the only way you can see a way out is to just get out. Mainstream country and popular music try and usually fail to capture it, often sounding so very insincere. Maybe that's because of the gap that exist between the struggling artist that often write the songs and the multi-millionaires that record them. On this album there is little doubt that Uncle Tupelo is living what they write and sing about. Songs like: Graveyard Shift, Before I Break, No Depression, Factory Belt, Whiskey Bottle, Life Worth Livin' and Screen Door strike directly at the working class soul. They even bring a sincerity to the two songs on this disc they didn't write; the title track "No Depression" and "John Hardy". This is the album that launched a genre that has been too often overlooked. It may the fate of this album that it is one of the greatest albums that a good part of the country will never hear.