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06:40 AM on 02/17/14
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Craig Manning
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Holy hell Chris, 9.75? Is this your AOTY right now, or are you going to be giving Drive By Truckers a 10 in a few weeks to be consistent?

Anyway, really terrific review, brother. I need to spend more time with this, but my impressions so far have been positive.
07:56 AM on 02/17/14
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I like this more than the Truckers record right now.
Remember when you said you had "almost certainly already heard what would be your favorite of 2014" or something like that? Whoops!
08:13 AM on 02/17/14
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Haha yeah even then I kinda knew that probably wouldn't be true though. English Oceans is awesome but not without flaws--perhaps since I'm such a huge fan I hear the little things that could be better more than others. And there's not a single thing on this album I'd change if I could.

And hell this probably won't be my favorite of the year either when all's said and done, who knows. It's only February and it looks like we might finally get a new Wrens record this year!
Yeah man, I'm teasing. I'm really coming around on English Oceans, but it took me a little while. Their albums are just so long that they don't really hit me immediately. As for Hotelier, I don't see any scenario playing out with this album where I don't skip "Life in Drag" every time, but that's just me and just because I don't go for that type of song, musically. And really, skipping a song every time doesn't even mean an album can't make my top five at the end of the year. I skip that Gun Club cover on Celebration Rock every time through and it was my number four. But I definitely need to spend some time with this album to appreciate all of the thematic stuff you pointed out in your review.
08:24 AM on 02/17/14
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Yeah man English Oceans hit me hard on first listen but unless you're a Truckers diehard that's just not gonna happen haha. Yeah well I love "Life in Drag," sounds like it could fit in on that Touche Amore record from last year that I loved. But yeah different strokes.

Totally get that dude. This one's a monster lyrically/thematically but it's not immediately apparent. Can't tell you how many times I've though "shit I should've talked about this too" since I put the review up last night. Ah well.
I also just always miss Isbell now, listening to the newer Truckers albums versus stuff like The Dirty South. I'm glad he went solo, because now we get full albums of his stuff instead of getting four or five tracks an album. But shit, I think he brought something to their records that the newer ones are missing. And that Touche record wasn't for me either, so it's no surprise that I'm not into "Life in Drag."
09:57 AM on 02/17/14
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Yeah I miss him too, but I just have accepted that that whole situation is what it is and there's not gonna be another Truckers record like Dirty South or Decoration Day. And honestly while I obviously miss his songwriting, I miss his guitar work even more. Wish he'd make a full-on rock 'n roll record with the 400 Unit.

If the Truckers keep on cranking out records like English Oceans this deep in their career though, and Isbell keeps improving as a solo artist at the rate he has been, I think we're all winners here haha.

Oh yeah, I mean, I definitely think we're getting the better end of the deal, since English Oceans is still a damn fine piece of work and since Isbell just gets better and better solo. But I definitely miss the slower, more restrained moments he brought to the Truckers albums. "Goddamn Lonely Love," man…

Would love an all-out rock album from Isbell next time around though. More stuff like "Go It Alone" would be welcome, especially now that he's made his "bearing his soul" acoustic album.

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