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Mermaid Avenue

3.9 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (June 23 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000007NC0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Audio Cassette |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Walking Guthrie's WWII-era lyrics into our century's rock & roll half, Bragg and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy take turns on lead vocals, and the entire group collaborates on a sound that draws upon folk- and country-rock, from Dylan and the Band to Gram Parsons and Uncle Tupelo. The results are nearly flawless. -- USA Today

With [Billy] Bragg ... and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy each singing seven songs and guest Natalie Merchant taking one, Mermaid Avenue can initially seem disjointed and unfocused, but ultimately its ramshackle approach proves to be the perfect channel for Guthrie's raucous and irrepressible spirit. -- The Los Angeles Times

[The collaborators] succeed to wondrous effect, inventing enough lilting melodies and vocal arrangements to make Guthrie's songs sound like sing-along classics. -- People

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When you first heard that Billy Bragg and Wilco were teaming up to set some Woody Guthrie lyrics to music, you knew it'd be an interesting project. But did anyone realistically think Mermaid Avenue would also wind up being one of 1998's finest albums? That's exactly what it is, a distinction it pulls off by simultaneously honouring Guthrie and blasting away any folksy expectations we might have of his music. Walking Guthrie's World War II-era lyrics into the 20th century's second, rock & roll half, Bragg and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy take turns on lead vocals, and the entire group collaborates on a sound that draws on folk- and country-rock, from Bob Dylan and the Band to Gram Parsons and Uncle Tupelo. The results are nearly flawless, ranging from yearning laments and playful children's rockers to horny ballads and brave protest songs that are not merely political but also profoundly moral. Like all of Guthrie's work, Mermaid Avenue is music to live better by. --David Cantwell


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