Billy Bragg and Wilco Mermaid Avenue
3.9 Release Date: 1998
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5.0 classicRobert Christgau | August 25th 14

Here's this Brit folksinger, a punk by heritage and a pop star by ambition whose most salient talent is how guiltlessly he mixes up the three. And here's this middle-American alt band, folkies by sensibility and pop pros by ambition whose most salient talent is a musicality they don't know what to do with. With the wisdom of half a century's ripoffs behind them, both are more resourceful melodically than the icon whose thousands of unpublished lyrics they were chosen to make something of. So be glad he kept the tunes in his head. Because while the words are wonderful and unexpected--author of several published books and reams of journalism, Woody Guthrie might have made his mark in any literary calling--it's the music, especially Wilco's music, that transfigures the enterprise. Projecting the present back on the past in an attempt to make the past signify as future, they create an old-time rock and roll that never could have existed. Finally--folk-rock! A

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3.5 greatTim00w | July 22nd 14
3.0 goodWendyVortex | June 2nd 14
4.5 superbacn1112 | July 30th 13
4.0 excellentWanderlustforlife | March 20th 13
3.5 greatAdamMontanari | February 21st 13
4.0 excellentrussellgod | October 11th 12
3.0 gooddoqtor | August 26th 12
4.0 excellentChanning Freeman STAFF | August 9th 12
5.0 classicmusmortwin | June 20th 12
4.0 excellentvivapo | April 30th 12
3.0 goodmistercb | April 20th 12
3.0 goodNick Butler EMERITUS | February 4th 12
3.5 greattom79 | January 8th 12
4.5 superbRayPalmer | May 6th 11
4.0 excellentDickGraves | March 21st 11
4.0 excellentJesse Markway | January 2nd 11
4.0 excellentcvrcmrc | September 1st 10
4.5 superbbvkuntz | June 19th 10
3.5 greatLakes. | May 23rd 10
4.0 excellentsonicsoundchaser | February 16th 10
4.5 superbKjD | January 27th 10
4.0 excellentiranskramz | November 2nd 09
3.5 greatKiran EMERITUS | August 19th 09
4.0 excellentDrReg | June 6th 09
4.0 excellentanimalnitrate | July 11th 08
4.0 excellentGortholomew Sombodom | April 21st 08
3.0 goodAmanda Murray STAFF
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