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The 10 Best Americana Albums of 2007

If 2007 didn't invite any gripping controversies, it was certainly filled with competitive comparisons -- between young and old, past and present, and among splintered factions -- and both surprising hits and disappointing misses. All in all, a dynamic and at times resurgent year for the broad scope of Americana.

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Son Volt: Honky Tonk

True to its title, this is a somewhat particularly old-timey countrified record, full of squeaky fiddles and luscious lap steel.

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Jay Farrar, Anders Parker, Will Johnson, and Yim Yames: New Multitudes

Dust Bowl Blues for the Centennial celebration of Woody Guthrie's birth.

Jeff Strowe
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Son Volt: The Search

Son Volt looks for a new place on The Search.

Vladimir Wormwood
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Son Volt: A Retrospective: 1995-2000

A look back at why Son Volt was so essential at one time, and a bit of insight into why Jay Farrar has not been since their parting.

Peter Funk
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Son Volt: Okemah and the Melody of Riot

The first new Son Volt album in seven years rocks as hard as Crazy Horse with the protest spirit of Woody Guthrie to guide it.

Mark Horan
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Son Volt

vs. Wilco' was the headline last week. It was as though the bands, both rising from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo, were going to stage a ritualistic gang fight.

Tyler Wilcox
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Son Volt: Live From Austin, TX [DVD]

Jay Farrar and co's lack of visual flair sinks an otherwise-strong set of alt-country tunes.

Stephen Haag

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