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Mile Marker 383: Starbucks Songs from the Open Road

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Although its Starbucks origins may not engender high hopes, Mile Marker 383 is a surprisingly effective sampler of songs from the American alt-country enclave, assembling 15 previously released tunes spotlighting many of the giants of the genre. Although more thoughtful and dour than the classic truck driving country songs of yore, the rootsy, earthy music here is indeed well-suited to the open road, and it's a rare treat to sing along with lyrics this smart. Highlights include Whiskeytown's "16 Days," Lyle Lovett's "Bears," and Robbie Fulks' "Can't Win for Losing You."