English Oceans (CD)


Drive-By Truckers

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Amoeba Review

03/03/2014

This Georgia alt-country institution has, by now, proved themselves to be the hard-rocking intellectual Skynyrdites they've been swearing they are since day one. One of my favorite things about the DBTs is the playful structuralism that they enact with their unique brand of Faces-influenced Southern pummel. Rather than break the mold and throwing the rule book out the window (a la Wilco), these guys have always been about stretching what southern/country-rock can be to its limits without discarding their respect for the genre as an institution. It's kind of like basketball. If you could just hold the ball under your arm and run to the other end of the court or go into the crowd and mysteriously appear back on the court nearer the net, it would definitely be a crazy game, but it's a lot harder to dribble and pass and pay attention to the shot-clock and execute feats of brilliance within those constraints. Or even pizza. You put goat cheese and morel mushrooms on ANYTHING and it will be delicious, but you make me a plain cheese pizza with mozzarella and red sauce and have it blow my mind, much harder. With English Oceans, the DBTs have once again shown us that country-rock can be smart, dense, and ambitious without losing any of its raucous or plaintive twang and without losing any of its hometown pride, which can often incorporate stern looks in the mirror. The Van Zant & Van Zandt would both be proud and, somewhere, they probably are.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Shit Shots Count
Drive-By Truckers 04:10
2.
When He's Gone
Drive-By Truckers 03:40
3.
Primer Coat
Drive-By Truckers 04:25
4.
Pauline Hawkins
Drive-By Truckers 06:39
5.
Made Up English Oceans
Drive-By Truckers 03:27
6.
Part of Him
Drive-By Truckers 04:28
7.
Hearing Jimmy Loud
Drive-By Truckers 04:45
8.
Til He's Dead or Rises
Drive-By Truckers 04:24
9.
Hanging On
Drive-By Truckers 04:01
10.
Natural Light
Drive-By Truckers 05:15
11.
When Walter Went Crazy
Drive-By Truckers 03:48
12.
First Air of Autumn
Drive-By Truckers 03:30
13.
Grand Canyon
Drive-By Truckers 07:50

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