What can I say about this band that I haven’t said before? Nothing. Drive-By Truckers are one of my favorite bands. If you have been following this blog, or know me at all, you will have heard my long rants about how Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and the now departed Jason Isbell are the most amazing songwriters and how this band that has such a silly name is seriously one of the best band’s working today.
So enough about the band, let’s talk about the new album. This is the album that the band described as a straight Rock ‘N Roll album and I can see how they would present it that way. But like most great DBT albums, it does have a theme. The theme this time is not far removed from the themes past…drinking, fighting and the good ole’ U S of A.
Album opener, Daddy Learned to Fly, is about a home left broken when Daddy leaves his family behind. Hood sings this from the child’s point of few. The Fourth Night of My Drinking tells the story of man who is very self aware of the hole he is digging for himself. Not exactly an uplifting start, but it is classic DBT.
Cooley‘s first song is Birthday Boy. This track wasn’t written until the album was almost complete…but according to the band it was the missing piece. It’s a great story told through a stripper at a birthday party. I wouldn’t say it’s one of Cooley‘s best songs…but I’ll take any Cooley song I can get. He is my favorite member of the band.
The Wig He Made Her Wear is a one of those Hood songs that is more storytelling than anything else. It’s a true crime yarn about a wife who killed her preacher husband because he made her dress up as a slut every night. (spoiler alert…the jury likes her story).
Shonna Tucker‘s confidence has been boosted quite a bit over the past year or two. The bassist who now holds the third singer-songwriter spot since her ex-husband, Jason Isbell, went solo is a great addition to the line-up. Her sweet voice is a welcome interlude between the rough and ready songs from Cooley and Hood. You Got Another is one of the most beautiful cheatin’ songs every written.
This Fucking Job will hit home with many is this economy. Because “a family can’t live on these fast food wages”.
The only complaint I have about the album is there are too few Cooley tunes, but the closer, Eyes Like Glue, makes me almost forget that gripe. This song details lessons from father to son, and while it’s a slow burner compared to the rest of the album, it’s one of the highlights.
DBT has done it once again! And I’m glad I got to host the Denver Listening Party!