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Posted by: Dave on January 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm

DriveByTruckersBrighterThanNote: This the first Drive-By Truckers album since the departure of Jason Isbell, the singer/songwriter/guitarist who joined the band earlier this decade and helped them reach a wider audience. Jason released his solo debut, Sirens of the Ditch, last year, while his ex-wife Shonna Tucker remains the Truckers’ bassist and has taken over some of his share of singer/songwriter duties.
Sound: Now with a lead female voice (on three tracks), Drive-By Truckers have three very distinct voices out front – and all of them deliver a weathered southern twang. Patterson Hood tends to be more delicate and vulnerable as his songs favor pensive alt country or raw rock. Mike Cooley is deeper and more resonant, and his tunes range from straight up country to southern rock with a twist. And Shonna Tucker is hearty and commanding on her two ballads and a riffin’ roots rocker.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Bob”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife”; “Daddy Needs a Drink”; “The Righteous Path”; “Self Destructive Zones”; “Checkout Time In Vegas”
Recommended: This is certainly Drive-By Truckers most eclectic album, but after awhile it can start feeling disjointed and way too long. Mike Cooley turns in more songs than ever before (all of them up to his standard) and Shonna Tucker makes a respectable debut. And while bandleader Pattersoon Hood has his moments this time, several of his songs could have been cut as they bloat the running time and distract from the many highlights scattered throughout Brighter Than Creation’s Dark.
Grade: B

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