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Son Volt: Wide Swing Tremolo (Warner Bros.) ***½

Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 10 October 1998

SON VOLT'S Jay Farrar is one of alternative country's big thinkers. Rather than go the easy route and retrace the steps of the Byrds, Gram Parsons and other country-rock forebears who have cast a long shadow over the genre, Farrar has tried to forge an entirely new musical vernacular that ties together neo-traditionalist trappings — rambling tempos, craggy harmonica, clenched vocals, slide guitars — with dense, aphoristic lyrics that are a far cry from country's typical story songs.

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