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  • Summary: The reissued and expanded release of the debut album from the alt-country band led by Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy includes its 1989 demo tape Not Forever, Just for Now.
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  1. Feb 6, 2014
    100
    There are any number of landmark albums that critics are quick to label as essential, but given the fact No Depression jumpstarted an entire genre, none deserve that label more. The kudos earned by this good Uncle are clearly well earned.
  2. Mar 28, 2014
    100
    If you care a thing for rock ‘n’ roll, country, or American music in general, No Depression is simply essential.
  3. Mar 31, 2014
    100
    The album’s immediacy is impossible to escape.
  4. Jan 30, 2014
    84
    It’s challenging, then, to appreciate the boldness of No Depression, the extent to which the members of Uncle Tupelo insisted on interdependency, on an American story. We don’t have to do that anymore--folks don’t self-identify in the same way, and hardly anyone loves just one genre monogamously--but there’s still something furious and prideful here, something worth hearing.
  5. Jan 28, 2014
    80
    The money shot is still the original 13-track album, which stridently argues (and proves) the thesis that Uncle Tupelo were the Velvet Underground of '90s alt-country.
  6. Jan 28, 2014
    80
    This expanded reissue adds Not Forever the 1989 demo tape that got them signed.... It shows a vision startlingly complete, and its scrappiness occasionally serves the songs better.
  7. Dec 12, 2014
    60
    Amid ballads such as Whiskey Bottle, there’s Graveyard Shift, which shifts between Pixiesesque loud and quiet parts; here it’s only Tweedy’s Illinois twang that marks them out from their grunge peers. The demos are, as you might expect, sketchy stuff, but therein lies the appeal of digging into the early work of any rock pioneer.

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