This is a Random Album Generator.
One album a day.
From the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The Last Of The True Believers

Nanci Griffith

1986

The Last Of The True Believers

Album Summary

The Last of the True Believers is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith, released in 1986 by Philo Records. The acclaim accorded her from her previous album, Once in a Very Blue Moon, and this album earned her a contract with a major recording company. Here, Griffith continued her turn toward a more country-oriented work than her first two albums, which were primarily folk-sounding. It also includes two songs which were later hits for Kathy Mattea, "Love at the Five and Dime" from Walk the Way the Wind Blows (1986) and "Goin' Gone", her first number one, from Untasted Honey (1987).

Wikipedia

Rating

2.88

Votes

3204

Genres

  • Country
Reviews
Like a review? Give it a thumb up to help us display relevant reviews!
View Author
5

About. Damn. Time. Sifted through enough punk, British bullhickey... overdue for a steel guitar.

👍
View Author
3

3.2 - A sweet country sound, bordering on saccharine. Also extremely feminine. Listening to this record makes me picture a group of middle-aged white women sitting out on camping chairs, sipping white wine, getting a little rowdy, getting a little sad.

👍
View Author
5

A country artist I have never heard. And that's a hard feat to do! 5 star album all the way

👍
View Author
5

Holy fuck, I wasn’t expecting much from this album when I woke up this morning, and even less so after the opening bars of its first track. But there I was standing at a bus stop in baking heat wearing a Sisters of Mercy t-shirt, and this album made me completely forget the searing sun and almost reduced me to tears. It’s so fucking good. Griffiths’ voice is so uplifting, it’s majestic. The production is incredible. This album just shimmers from start to finish - with the title track and “Fly By Night” my personal highlights. Every note seems meticulously placed so as to evoke as much emotion as possible. This is a country pop masterpiece and the easiest 5 stars I’ve given out so far.

👍
View Author
4

Major Allison Krauss vibes. I'm here for it. Takes me back to my childhood in a cozy way.

👍
View Author
4

Great

👍
View Author
4

Great folksy vibes; music feels familiar. Feels like a precursor to Bonnie Raitt or someone we'd get at JFFA.

👍
View Author
4

Really solid album. Calls to mind some very specific memories and reminds me of when I learned that country music was good and worth listening to. A lot of the songs sounded the same, which was a bit of a bummer, but Love at the Five and Dime stands out as one of the few songs which belongs on both my happy and sad playlists. I had never heard of Nanci Griffith before, but now I'm glad that I have!

👍
View Author
4

I enjoyed it! Definitely a fun one to kick this off with. My favorite song was probably "One of These Days." Her voice really comes through in the whole album and I loved the fiddle. I looked Nanci Griffith up and apparently she passed in the last year which is tragic; she was best known for the most played song on the album ("Love at the Five and Dime" which I thought had a really nice vocal line in the eponymous line) but with someone else covering it that blew up in the country world. I hadn't ever heard of her but it seems like she was pretty important and influential.

👍
View Author
4

What a nostalgic sound! It's a harmonious album--hard to pick a highlight. Super charming.

👍
View Author
4

Not really the kind of music I’d seek out on my own but this is def the kind of stuff my mom would have on cassette tapes to listen to in the car so it feels super nostalgic

👍
View Author
4

I'm either getting old, or this list is making me more of a country fan. A solid set of songs from front to back, and doesn't overstay its welcome at all. Favorite tracks: "The Last of the True Believers", "Love At the Five and Dime", "Fly By Night", "Lookin' For the Time"

👍
View Author
4

Particularly liked the 1st track, the last of the true believers. Country.

👍
View Author
4

Iris Demint vibes. Old girl country or modern girl indie.

👍
View Author
4

A really nice album with catchy singable songwriting, a storytellers gift for a beautiful lyric as well as production that is graceful and always in service to the song. I could see Patti Griffith holding the same lofty position in my library as the brilliant Lucinda Williams. 4 🌟

👍
View Author
4

Wow, zaskakująco fajne. Bardzo przyjemny głos. Nie jest to jakaś płyta, do której bym chciał wracać regularnie, ale słuchało się naprawdę miło

👍
View Author
4

A pleasant voice and catchy tunes. Combined nice with a train ride. An otherwise unremarkable album.

👍
View Author
4

Something I have discovered about myself during this vinyl odyssey is that I have quite a fondness for what I consider the best country. Yes, that qualifier makes it almost tautological. But remember that even the most ardent country fans would recognise that a lot of country is banal, overproduced, saccharine, meatheaded or just a bit naff. Anyway, like plenty of people my age, I first began wondering if country had some charms I had, in my ignorance, cold-shouldered after the late renaissance of Johnny Cash (actually, with me it was more that my love of Elvis steered me towards the rest of the Million Dollar Quartet, but you know what I mean). After that, it was a short jaunt to Hank Williams and Merle Haggard (who I prefer to Johnny Cash, in my standard contrarian manner), but I had no drive to explore further than there. I'm British: country is never going to be seen as cool over here. But I just looked up my stats, and country currently sits as my 5th favourite genre, with a flattering average of 4. The best album the generator's introduced to me is Time (The Revelator) by Gillian Welch, an astonishing exploration of Americana's potential. Much of the classic rock I relish openly declares its debt to country. So, I guess I like country. So where does The Last of the True Believers sit? A comfortable 4. Genuinely sweet rather than diabetes-inducing, and although a touch slight, The Last of the True Believers proves delightful throughout if you like country. If you don't, I don't think you'll gain much out of this, and that's fine: it's hardly an offence to dislike a style of music. I should say this is afflicted with that common ailment of 4-star albums: it's more a collection of very good songs than a cohesive album. But is that a fault per se? Hendrix's Are You Experienced is pretty much just a bounding-together of individual tracks, and I still consider that a masterpiece. Mind, Are You Experienced is a collection of some of the greatest songs ever, not just ones that are very good.

👍
View Author
4

Brand new artist and album (to me), and I'm already over-the-moon in love after one full listen. I love Neko Case. And I "like" Alison Krauss. But I already know I'd take Nanci Griffith over either of them (although I'll still continue riding hard for Neko). What an unexpected hidden gem. Perhaps the only thing keeping me from rating it a 5 is I don't want to go all the way on the first date.

👍
View Author
4

really liked it, great to hear some real country music not the cheesy soft-rock trucks guns n'Applebees travesty it has become. Will check out more of her stuff

👍
View Author
4

I had never heard of Nanci Griffith but she is a gifted country singer/songwriter. It's easy to see how she influenced the likes of the Dixie Chicks. I'm personally not a fan of country though.

👍
View Author
4

Some good Americana / Country has made it to the list. While not her best, this is a very good album and an example of how good the music coming out of Nashville was when the pop-Country fad started making waves and changing the genre for the worst. 4/5.

👍
View Author
3

Folksy and alright

👍
View Author
3

Nice

👍
View Author
3

She's not my cup of tea but this isn't objectively bad music. 3.5

👍
View Author
3

I was surprised to hear two songs I recognized that had been made famous by Kathy Mattea, who I loved when I was a kid. Not as much of a country fan these days, but this album is pretty good. 3/5 stars

👍
View Author
3

Never heard any Nanci Griffith before and it's fine country music

👍
View Author
3

Highlights: More than a Whisper, Lookin' For the Time, One of These Days.

👍
View Author
3

A sweet voice. Great story telling if a bit broad strokes

👍
View Author
3

Voz interessante e fluiu bem.

👍
View Author
3

thank god this doesn't suffer from 80s production disease because i am a giant sucker for her voice and these kinds of songs. ultimately felt kinda middling but nice.

👍
View Author
3

Beautiful, but a bit bland altogether

👍
View Author
3

Nice country with good melody and harmonies, but without anything that puts it above other similar artists.

👍
View Author
3

Country? Meh.

👍
View Author
3

This didn't stand out for me - a good country album was all I heard.

👍
View Author
3

A really nice album with catchy singable songwriting, a storytellers gift for a beautiful lyric as well as production that is graceful and always in service to the song. I could see Nancy Griffith holding the same lofty position in my library as the brilliant Lucinda Williams. 3.5 🌟

👍
View Author
3

I don't usually listen to Country too much, but this album is not bad. It sounds more modern than some of the genre classics, but it remains acoustic throughout, so no country rock either. The first two tracks especially stood out for me. After those, the album loses some steam, but it's still 3/5.

👍
View Author
3

Didn't know she died last year...bit taken aback. Not a massive fan but saw her at a festival once. Anyway. Very country. Lovely voice. Do the songs stand out? Ok to be honest, no. It is very listenable and I often say I don't like the genre much. 3

👍
View Author
3

This has a nice feel to it. There are moments that make me think of some other place, some other reality that I would like to visit. Will have to give this one some more attention.

👍
View Author
3

Nanci Griffith is one of the first contemporary country artists, following the likes of George Strait as they modernized the production of country music while still sticking to their county roots. Griffith's songs are mighty good, while also tender and loving. My main hangups are with the production, which is a little too polished for my liking. One of the great aspects of older country songs was that they had a lot of personality in the rocky production, giving it a sort of gritty edge. This record, to contrast, is all smoothed out. Too round.

👍
View Author
3

This was nice. Maybe a bit more country-leaning than folk-leaning for my particular taste, but I enjoyed it. 3 stars.

👍
View Author
3

Pretty good country style album. I'd come back to this.

👍
View Author
3

not a huge country fan, but i did enjoy this!

👍
View Author
2

First time hear the album. Heard the name before. Of course, I knew Goin' Gone before hearing the rest of the album, but that was it. The album is good. Not a lot really stood out as amazing, but on the whole, it was a good listen and enjoyable. Other songs: The Last of the True Believers. Love at the Five and Dime. I think with more listens this album will get stronger. 2.5/5

👍
View Author
2

Hi- Goin' Gone, Fly By Night I didn't like country before I listened, but while this is DEFINITELY Country, it is not unpleasant, reminds me of Karen Carpenter, Joni Mitchell, and Natalie Merchant, with a country twang.

👍
View Author
2

It's a very country & western sound with some folky influences. With the flutes, violin, slide guitar, banjo it has quite a slick Americana sound. The songwriting certainly isn't bad, but this really isn't for me. It's foundation is too much of the twangy country sound.

👍
View Author
2

Made Shannah sad. (2/5) Bill says she got better. (2.5/5) Conor thought it was ok. (2.5/5) (2.3/5)

👍
View Author
2

Country. Inte bra men inte vedervärdigt

👍
View Author
2

Conjuring images of sawdust, line dancing and incest as all good Country should.

👍
View Author
2

Ahhh Ice Queen Nanci Griffith, the one that got away. I used to stalk her and her younger sister until she filed for a restraining order, forcing me to attempt suicide 37 times. Bitch. I banged the younger sister though. Hard. Without consent.

👍
View Author
2

Noh, kantria… ei vaan läheskään aina lähe

👍
View Author
2

En tiedä olisiko saanut parempaa arviota jos edellisenä päivänä olis ollut toisenlainen levy, mutta nyt ei kyllä lähtenyt lentoon missään vaiheessa. Tällekin saattais löytyä parempi mielentila, mutta kevyessä vitutuksessa ei vaan toimi.

👍
View Author
2

Expertly played, but corny as a corn dog.

👍
View Author
2

She would have a pretty voice, but it's a little too trilly and thin. The tunes themselves are pleasant but not particularly memorable.

👍
View Author
1

Yeehaw

👍
View Author
1

I'm sure she is loved by many, just not me.

👍
View Author
1

Would you @SHACK?

👍
View Author
1

I got two track in and was hot with an overwhelming feeling of I'm not wasting my Saturday with this shit. Cuntry music can fuck right off.

👍
View Author
1

So boring!!

👍
View Author
1

No something I would chose to listen to.

👍
View Author
1

Her voice does not speak to me, nor does her music. For me, it lacks something, maybe real emotion, real feeling. I thought it would be different, for lack of a better word. Wouldn’t recommend it. Just listen to “Fly By Night”, and the job is done.

👍