New Vinyl Record - Drive By Truckers - Decoration Day
Limited 180gm colored vinyl LP pressing. The Drive-By Truckers never do anything by the book, so it was no surprise that with 2003's Decoration Day, the band's first release for New West Records, Patterson Hood and his mates (including Jason Isbell making his debut in the group) took another rewarding left turn. The album boasts a handful of crowd-pleasing, party-starting cuts, like the brash, cranky rocker "Hell No, I Ain't Happy" and the Stones ringer "Marry Me." Yet more common are moments of startling beauty (the steel solos on "The Deeper In" and "Loaded Gun in the Closet" and the jangling guitars, rolling melodies, and soulful fiddle breaks of "Heathens" and "My Sweet Annette") and heavy doses of recrimination and regret, as in the back-to-back suicide tunes "When the Pin Hits the Shell" and "Do It Yourself."