August 01, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B+

Replacements fans take note: Whiskeytown, this Raleigh, N.C., quintet breaks away from the No Depression pack with Stranger’s Almanac, a potent major-label bow that might be characterized as country & Westerberg. More tuneful and ruminative than their rowdy shows would suggest, Ryan Adams’ Americana-soaked songs alternately rock and tiptoe through the space between apathy and regret — though they’re too lyrically undeveloped for the album to achieve the instant classicism it flirts with. B+

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