Trace (studio album) by Son Volt

Trace by Son Volt
Year: 1995
Overall rank: 1,614th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 122 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1995 (31st)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (308th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,614th)
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Trace is ranked as the best album by Son Volt.

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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 122 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.5/100, a mean average of 76.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.0.

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85/100
From 11/10/2021 11:38
This is an extremely underrated and underappreciated album. The country and folk soundscape created is a work of genius and as a complete record it flows brilliantly. The vocal delivery is top quality as well and it is very infectious making me want to come back for more every time I finish the record. Instrumentally, the album is a joy as all the instruments work in unison to create this rich and dense atmosphere that keeps you engulfed for the full duration. However, by the end of the record the formula does get a little worn down and tired and you find yourself craving a bit of diversity. This is probably why they struggled and aren't as held in that high esteem. Overall, a fantastic album that I am glad I discovered as I feel like I will be listening to this record a lot.
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85/100
From 01/13/2021 01:31
Probably sacrilege to say here, but I liked this album more than anything by Wilco.?
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80/100
From 01/01/2018 16:48
The album where it looked like Son Volt would be the winner in the Uncle Tupelo breakup, instead of Wilco. Sadly, it was Wilco that grew and came up with new ideas, while Son Volt never successfully departed from the formula established here. Nevertheless, Trace is a winner.
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From 09/06/2016 15:13
I have approached few albums in my lifetime with as much anticipation as I did this one when it was first released in 1995. At the time I was fully convinced that Jay Farrar was the real talent behind Uncle Tupelo, so when they broke up it was Farrar's work, rather than Jeff Tweedy's, that I most wanted to hear. This was Farrar's first album with Son Volt coming off the last, and greatest, Uncle Tupelo album, Anodyne. So when it came out I persuaded the woman I was seeing at the time to drive with me into Portland, Maine, to my favorite independent record store to buy it, and we listened to it in the car on the way back to Ferry Beach. I loved it immediately, of course. "Windfall" is one of those songs that, upon first listening, sounded to me like something I'd known and loved all my life, with its timeworn, world-weary wisdom: "May wind take your troubles away / Both feet on the floor, two hands on the wheel / May the wind take your troubles away."
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95/100
From 05/02/2013 14:02
As far as finding an alt. rock record with a laid-back country feel, I feel is this is the prime example of such an album. Rural shuffles like "Windfall" and "Tear Stained Eye" go nicely with 90s alt. rock cuts "Drown" and "Live Free." Jay Farrar's lyrics are simple but subtle and the musicianship is very pleasing to the ear. A nice album for a roadtrip or an outdoor adventure with some friends. All subsequent releases by Farrar and Son Volt never come close to this warm album.
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From 11/27/2011 20:40
In which Jay Farrar's Son Volt soundly defeats Jeff Tweedy's Wilco for post-Uncle Tupelo alt-country supremacy.
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From 05/31/2010 04:53
Nice gem you have found here Shankly. I like this. Windfall and Drown are the best
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90/100
From 06/03/2007 10:18
The ultimate roadtrip album. In fact, the album plays like a modern day soundtrack to On the Road. This album made me start to realize that maybe I liked country after all. Believe it or not, Son Volt was originally a better band than Wilco.
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