- UNCLE TUPELO: NO DEPRESSION: 1990: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Today it hit me that I hadn’t listened to Uncle Tupelo for some time so I went through their discography in order. The album title- No Depression- a song written by A.P. Carter that they cover on the album would go on to be the name of their type of music- alternative country. Not only would a music genre be named for this highly influential album but also a magazine [which now is an online magazine.} The John and Paul of the group-were Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy. Their music was a blend of alternative rock and traditional country music [not the Barf Brooks school of fake country] Their influences were all over the board from The Ramones and The Sex Pistols to Hank Williams and Bob Dylan. They made four albums in four years and then broke up. They were never as Uncle Tupelo a commercial success but were a huge influence on other acts in the No Depression genre. Since the break-up Farrar formed Son Volt and Tweedy- Wilco. Both have had success post- break up but at the time it was felt Farrar would be the most successful-but Tweedy and Wilco have went on to the most acclaim and commercial success. The Uncle Tupelo albums to get are the 2003 re-issues with the bonus tracks added.
- UNCLE TUPELO: STILL FEEL GONE: 1991: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- UNCLE TUPELO: MARCH 16-20, 1992: 1992: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- UNCLE TUPELO: ANODYNE: 1993: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- IF I WERE A CARPENTER: 1994: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A tribute album done by alternative rockers- for The Carpenters. Some of The Carpenters best known songs are covered. This is an album that got me to go back and re-evaluated The Carpenters. Highlights here- Superstar- Sonic Youth, Rainy Days and Mondays- Cracker, Close To You- Cranberries, We’ve Only Just Begun- Grant Lee Buffalo, Top Of The World- Shonen Knife and Let Me Be The One- Matthew Sweet.