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All Music Guide - Jack Leaver
Although none of the songs on Straightaways immediately jump off the grooves, as was the case with the band's brilliant debut, Trace, repeated spins reveal a strong effort nonetheless. Whereas former Uncle Tupelo partner Jeff Tweedy and his band, Wilco, used its sophomore release to explore new territory, Son Volt leader and songwriter Jay Farrar keeps his band mining the same country-folk vein that Uncle Tupelo quarried. There are plenty of threads to connect Straightaways to Trace, such as the expressive playing of multi-instrumentalist Dave Boquist on guitars, fiddle, banjo, and lap steel, and Farrar's forlorn vocal delivery, which could give even the weakest song ...
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All Music Guide - Jack Leaver
Although none of the songs on Straightaways immediately jump off the grooves, as was the case with the band's brilliant debut, Trace, repeated spins reveal a strong effort nonetheless. Whereas former Uncle Tupelo partner Jeff Tweedy and his band, Wilco, used its sophomore release to explore new territory, Son Volt leader and songwriter Jay Farrar keeps his band mining the same country-folk vein that Uncle Tupelo quarried. There are plenty of threads to connect Straightaways to Trace, such as the expressive playing of multi-instrumentalist Dave Boquist on guitars, fiddle, banjo, and lap steel, and Farrar's forlorn vocal delivery, which could give even the weakest song emotional power. On Straightaways, his songs live on the same late-night backwoods rural highways that Trace inhabited, with song titles like "Creosote" and "Cemetery Savior" conjuring up dark imagery. The album contains plenty of high points: the aforementioned songs, as well as the lonesome "Back Into Your World" and "Last Minute Shakedown." And the only place it comes up short is the lyrics -- unlike Trace, whose songs "Windfall" and "Tear Stained Eye" stood by themselves and provided a universal feel and emotion that was easily grasped, much of the lyrical content of Straightaways seems open-ended and fragmented, with the intensity building on the haunting instrumental arrangements and Farrar's affecting vocal phrasing.
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  • Release Date: 4/22/1997
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624651826
  • Catalog Number: 46518

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Performance Credits
Son Volt Primary Artist
Jay Farrar Organ, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Michael Heidorn Drums
Eric Heywood Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar
Dave Boquist Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Steel Guitar
Jim Boquist Bass, Background Vocals
Paulie Tambourine
Technical Credits
Jay Farrar Composer, Producer
Michael Heidorn Producer
Brian Paulson Producer, Engineer
Son Volt Producer
Eric Heywood Producer
Dave Boquist Producer
Jim Boquist Producer
Paulie Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    harmonic joy

    Each song on the album has moment after moment of melodic and harmonic mastery. From the pedal steel to the vocal harmonies there is as much hard edged sweetness - (never sounding cliche)- as you'll find on 'Exile on Main Street'

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