Various ‎– Exposed Roots - The Best Of Alt. Country

K-tel ‎– 6428-2
2 × CD, Compilation


1-1 Lucinda Williams Passionate Kisses
1-2 Blue Mountain Blue Canoe
1-3 Gillian Welch My Morphine
1-4 Whiskeytown Nervous Breakdown
1-5 Golden Smog Looking Forward To Seeing You
1-6 Jimmie Dale Gilmore Dallas
1-7 Freakwater Picture In My Mind
1-8 Meat Puppets Lost
1-9 Gourds* I Like Drinking
1-10 BR5-49* Bettie Bettie
1-11 Tangletown See Right Through
1-12 Cheri Knight Black Eyed Susie
2-1 The Jayhawks Waiting For The Sun
2-2 Kelly Willis Talk Like That
2-3 Steve Earle Guitar Town
2-4 Southern Culture On The Skids Too Much Pork For Just One Fork
2-5 Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues
2-6 The Handsome Family Weightless Again
2-7 Vic Chesnutt Gravity Of The Situation
2-8 Honeydogs Your Blue Door
2-9 Alejandro Escovedo Baby's Got New Plans
2-10 Marlee MacLeod Mata Hari Dress
2-11 Lambchop The Saturday Option
2-12 Gram Parsons In My Hour Of Darkness

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January 20, 2011
A very uneven, and for the most part not particularly alternative, country compilation. Whereas most compilation albums strive for some sort of theme - however loose in some cases - this one is just a bunch of completely unrelated artists from different eras, styles, genres even, with no flow whatsoever. There are a handful who are typically considered to be in the "alt. country" sub-genre - Whiskeytown, Freakwater, The Handsome Family and Lambchop, to name a few - but many of the artists are solidly in the mainstream and have been for years, even decades. I mean, Johnny Cash doing "Folsom Prison Blues"? Maybe a selection from those last few American Recordings albums he did would have fit, but "Folsom Prison Blues"? Great tune, granted, but alt. country? C'mon...

There are good songs here but, overall, if you're looking for a consistently good alternative country compilation, you're better off checking out something along the lines of Various - Sounds Of The New West (The Best Of Alternative Country) by Uncut Magazine.