Terroir Blues - Jay Farrar
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  • Summary: This is the second solo LP from the co-founder of such legendary alt-country bands as Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
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  1. 90
    His most towering achievement to date. [Aug 2003, p.114]
  2. Terroir Blues is an excellent album released by a man who knows he's at the height of his powers, whether anyone else knows it or not.
  3. Terroir Blues is a significantly more ambitious and confident work from Farrar than Sebastopol, but it's also more elusive, and ultimately this is the sort of record fans will love, but the unfamiliar will have a hard time embracing.
  4. This is no passive listen -- it is Trace rendered impressionistically -- but it has many rewards among difficult and unsettling stretches.
  5. While not as sonically ambitious as Farrar's first foray away from Son Volt, Sebastopol, there is a simple and stark grace to these songs.
  6. Once again, Jay Farrar has produced an album that's as stark and dreary -- and beautiful -- as the Midwest in winter.
  7. Farrar's introverted neofolky material is pretty forgettable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. kylec
    Sep 24, 2003
    9
    great songs...could live without the space junk...one would have to be a true farrar fan to fully understand this album.
  2. Deoug
    Jul 16, 2003
    9
    Son Volt it is not. He falls into his own and sketches pictures for your musical eye to follow. Get it..listen..lose yourself.
  3. bend
    Aug 21, 2003
    8
    Look, this is jay farrar solo. if you go on trying to compare it with tup or sv then you are a fool. those were collaborative. you can only compare it to sebatapol. this is a sketchbook, but in classic farrar style, it is what it is. Expand
  4. stefans
    Mar 29, 2005
    8
    This really is a great recording that grows with each listen. The space junk fills what are usually silent transitions between tracks which I consider a captivating touch. Expand
  5. JasonJ
    Jul 10, 2003
    5
    Cool cover art, boring CD

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