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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).

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Rating

2.83

Votes

4148

Genres

  • Country
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Sun May 29 2022
2

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

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Thu May 19 2022
5

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

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Mon May 16 2022
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.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Good, but imho nothing special Country album.

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Sun May 29 2022
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.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

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

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Thu Jul 28 2022
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.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

LOVE IT!

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

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

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Great

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

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

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Wed Mar 30 2022
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!

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Wed Mar 30 2022
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.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

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

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Wed Mar 30 2022
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

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Fri Apr 01 2022
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"

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

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

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

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

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Wed May 25 2022
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 🌟

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Fri May 27 2022
4

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

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Fri May 27 2022
4

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

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Thu Jun 09 2022
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.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
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.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
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

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Fri Jul 01 2022
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.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
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.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

8/10. This was really nice

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Right at the intersection of folk and country, which is a very nice place to be. The band are very tight, the vocals are flawless, the lyrics talk of an America that doesn't exist anymore (if it ever did). Wonderful

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Lovey folk/country album.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Not a huge fan of country but I liked this

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

rimelig godt

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

I love her. I’ve seen her in concert, watched her host or appear on Austin City Limits a few times, and listened to her perform, particularly on ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’, which sounds a bit like this album. She is wonderful. Yes, I still use the present tense with her despite her leaving her corporeal self behind about a year ago. And I love her.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Gezellige Nancy

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Last of the true believers- Great opening track really setting vibe of album👍 Love at the five and dime- Sweet song about a slightly dysfunctional relationship👍 St Olavs gate- Didn’t stand out to me More than a whisper-Cute lyrics here Banks of the Pontchartrain- Very solid upbeat song👍 Lookin for the time- Like the live version more but this is still 👍 Goin’ Gone- Find the conceit pretty uninteresting here One of these days, Love’s found a shoulder- Perfectly charming songs Fly by night- Another great tune, love the carefree lyrics👍 Wing and the wheel- Doesn’t do much for me Very pleasant album, I love her vocals and there is some good tunes on the track list. Found a few of the slower tracks more boring, but that’s just personal preference. 4/5

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

Boss

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

Country music is dea-

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Tue Mar 29 2022
3

Folksy and alright

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Nice

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

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

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Sat Apr 02 2022
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

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

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

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

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

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Wed May 04 2022
3

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

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Wed May 04 2022
3

Voz interessante e fluiu bem.

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Mon May 09 2022
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.

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Mon May 23 2022
3

Beautiful, but a bit bland altogether

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Mon May 23 2022
3

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

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Country? Meh.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

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

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Thu Jun 09 2022
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 🌟

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Mon Jun 27 2022
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.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
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

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Thu Jul 14 2022
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.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
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.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
3

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

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

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

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Sun Aug 14 2022
3

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

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs:

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Not terrible but a bit too country for my taste. Some good turn of phrase and some good songs - but not a fantastic record.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Powerhouse of a voice. I got pretty excited by track 1, but then couldn’t find another track to match it. Some close contenders include “Fly By Night” and “Lookin’ For The Time (Workin’ Girl)”. So close to giving it a Four, but it’s lacking some quality that distinguished my favorite albums of this genre.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

a vid, šta ja znam, ovo je čisti country, a trenutno baš ne paše nešta, a i ne bi si ovo baš pustio - al da sam na nekom westu, tipa Red Dead Redemption kind of ambience, priroda i to, pasalo bi, ovako sada na ovu magluštinu ujutro....oprosti Nanci špenci, al svejedno nije baš dvojka.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Country + folk which is a decent combo imo

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Það tók þessa plötu ca helming af lengd hennar til að komast í gang hjá mér. Öll production frekar low-key, allt voða sætt og krúttlegt, en textarnir eru köntrí! Í lokin var ég farin að spá í hvort ég gæti sjálf framleitt nógu mikið twang til að geta sungið þessi lög.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Had Flyer by her and liked it. Not much of a country music lover She has a nice voice and the music is easy on the ears.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

Pleasant enough but not going to stick with me

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Un bon album country et une belle voix, ca secoute tres bien, 3.75

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Prima achtergrondmuziek.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Nice folky, almost country album.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
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

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Thu Apr 21 2022
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.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
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.

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Wed May 04 2022
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)

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Thu May 26 2022
2

Country. Inte bra men inte vedervärdigt

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Fri Jun 03 2022
2

Noh, kantria… ei vaan läheskään aina lähe

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Fri Jun 03 2022
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.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
2

Expertly played, but corny as a corn dog.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
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.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

I guess i should return to this one at some point. It was fine, but I didn't pick up on what makes it exceptional or noteworthy.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
2

Malo mi je falilo neke inspiracije u albumu. Ima taj yeehaw šarm al nema jos nest uz to

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

This just irritates me. I put on some beach boys to clean out my ears.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
2

Didnt finish but not for me. Also not bad music

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Thu Sep 22 2022
2

Not bad, but stylistically just not my thing.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

Lets go med country, følsomt, melankolsk, stille og roligt

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Fri Oct 07 2022
2

she had a very nice voice and i liked one of the songs but this kind of country music reminds me of very early childhood which is kind of triggering

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

Who? There are so many better country music female vocalists we could be celebrating on this list.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

Talented artist but not my thing. Better than some of the other records we’ve listened too so far

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Fri Nov 04 2022
2

A smooth county folk vibe that has echos of future acts like The Chicks. The stories are sweet, and the harmonies are warm.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
2

Kom op zeg, is dit ineens veranderd in 'de 1001 COUNTRY albums generator'?

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Fri Nov 04 2022
2

Folk uit de jaren tachtig. Het moet niet gekker worden. Maar niet voor mij.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
1

1986. Love At The Five And Dime

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Fri Apr 01 2022
1

Yeehaw

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Fri May 20 2022
1

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

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Sun May 29 2022
1

Would you @SHACK?

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Sun May 29 2022
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.

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Mon May 30 2022
1

So boring!!

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Wed Jul 13 2022
1

No something I would chose to listen to.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
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.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
1

Not really my style. Would be better live.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
1

Thanks. I hate it. 👎

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Fri Sep 16 2022
1

Hairspray rock, jazz-fusion, country music. 3 albums I do not want to hear in a run. Just no.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
1

no thanks.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
1

Neejoh

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Sun Nov 13 2022
1

I’m sure it’s someone’s, but not my cup of tea.

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