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Alabama 3

564 Exile on Coldharbour Lane by Alabama 3

Exile on Coldharbour Lane

One Little Indian, Geffen
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Matthew Vaughan

The 1997 debut Exile on Coldharbour Lane by Alabama 3 somehow combines trip-hop, acid house, country, blues, and gospel and make it all work

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Country, blues, and gospel are a winning combination. So are mixing trip-hop with acid house. But what if we threw that all into a big stew, layered it with a John Prine cover, Jim Jones (of Jonestown infamy) audio samples, and a druggy, capitalist critiquing, night-on-a-bender lyrical bent that also stayed away from strident political commentary while being entirely political? A big stew, eh? That's what Alabama 3 are serving up on their 1997 debut album Exile on Coldharbour Lane. If the band name sounds familiar, and you were alive at the start of the 21st century, you probably heard their track "Woke Up This Morning" introducing the weekly exploits of one Tony Soprano. Hearing that song gives listeners a nice primer on the band, but they do much more with their sixty-minute run-time, even if occasionally indulging a bit too much, like any fully exploited bender.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Woke Up This Morning
  • 18:42 - Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
  • 24:44 - Sister Rosetta
  • 39:46 - Mao Tse Tung Said
  • 1:07:34 - Peace in the Valley
  • Outro - U Don't Dans 2 Tekno Anymore

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