Entertainment WeeklyFinds [Drive-By Truckers] turing from the social concerns of 2004's Dirty South to the more personal with career-best results. [21 Apr 2006, p.75]
MagnetCement[s] the Truckers' status as one of the best rock 'n' roll bands going. [#71, p.93]
UncutA Blessing... is perhaps a more personal and introspective record than usual. But truly there's still a lot to marvel at. [Apr 2006, p.112]
New Musical Express (NME)Workmanlike. [18 Mar 2006, p.33]
FilazaferaApr 20, 2006I am a fan, first of all. This record did not grab me right away like some of the others, but after a few listens I think it is as good as I am a fan, first of all. This record did not grab me right away like some of the others, but after a few listens I think it is as good as anything they have ever done. Everything they do is gold. I listen to a lot of different bands and I think the Truckers are the best band on the planet right now. See them live and you will be a beliver.… Collapse
AaronHApr 19, 2006I own all the DBT albums from Southern Rock Opera and I think Blessing and a Curse is DBT's second best album next to SRO. Im not sure I own all the DBT albums from Southern Rock Opera and I think Blessing and a Curse is DBT's second best album next to SRO. Im not sure how you could rate this album above SRO but I think its more accessible and better overall than Decoration Day or the Dirty South. I really enjoy the grooves on all of these tracks but especially Aftermath USA, which for some reason reminds me of the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. All and all I love this band and this record.… Expand
AndrewDApr 23, 2006Great album! Only reason I am not giving it a 10 is becasue I would reserve that rating for The Dirty South and Decoration Day. If you love Great album! Only reason I am not giving it a 10 is becasue I would reserve that rating for The Dirty South and Decoration Day. If you love the truckers, this album wont dissapoint.… Expand
BaronLApr 20, 2006The Southern mythology may be replaced by personal struggles and desires but the sound is still as hot as Georgia asphalt.
Oct 18, 2016More blessing than curse.
A Blessing and a Curse had to sink in. But not a lot. No, it's not "classic DBT", but it's still an emotional,More blessing than curse.
A Blessing and a Curse had to sink in. But not a lot. No, it's not "classic DBT", but it's still an emotional, tough, and sweet record at the same time. Cooley's contributions may have been minor, but they have bigger, more personal moments than the rest. Patterson's songs are hard and angry, with a sweet touch at the end. And this is a fun album, too. Angry and bitter, sweet and lush. It's an underrated record in their discography.
Long story short, it's a record they need to play more often.
"A World of Hurt"… Expand
LawrenxcePAug 7, 2006Still the best and most solid honest country-rock band around..."world of hurt" is one of their very best and most heartbreaking tunes.
stetsonkJun 28, 2006After 10 years and 2 absolutely belting albums - in SRO and Dirty South - the Truckers were busting to burst into the mainstream with this After 10 years and 2 absolutely belting albums - in SRO and Dirty South - the Truckers were busting to burst into the mainstream with this record. Like one of the loser jocks populating their best tunes, they blew it. It almost feels deliberate.… Expand
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