Album Review: Whiskeytown's Strangers Almanac

Whiskeytown's debut, Faithless Street, was among the very best albums of 1996, not to mention one of the finer works to

emerge from the much-hyped but little-heard alternative country movement. So it wouldn't have surprised me at all if front man/songwriter

Ryan Adams had stumbled a bit on the group's sophomore effort. What did surprise me is that the band's new album, Strangers Almanac so

completely bests its predecessor and that Adams' songwriting has improved so dramatically, so quickly.

Strangers Almanac is a remarkable album...