Will Hermes
June 27, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Terroir Blues

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jay Farrar
Producers
Act/Resist

We gave it a B-

After Uncle Tupelo split, most bets were on Farrar, who had a richer voice, greater mystique, and a hotter new band than ex-partner Jeff Tweedy. But while Tweedy’s restless Wilco evolved, Farrar’s Son Volt stalled and folded. This second solo set is more sketchbook than album, a few lovely tunes scattered over multiple takes and useless tape experiments. And it’s plagued by the sullen uniformity that dogged Son Volt. Just quieter — not a plus.

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