A Blessing And A Curse - Drive-By Truckers
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  • Summary: The southern rockers have no overarching concept this time out, but they still boast three singers and guitarists in Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and Jason Isbell.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Finds [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]
  2. 90
    Cement[s] the Truckers' status as one of the best rock 'n' roll bands going. [#71, p.93]
  3. 80
    There's plenty of soul and swagger again here. [Apr 2006, p.94]
  4. This album feels smaller and more casual than some of its predecessors. [17 Apr 2006]
  5. Keeping its ambitions manageable and its wheels on the rails, Blessing is a simpler pleasure and ultimately a lesser triumph. [#13, p.84]
  6. It showcases an artistic range that had been up to this point unexplored.
  7. The bulk of the album is made of slight, rote country-rockers, as sturdy and flat as a table.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. AaronH
    Apr 19, 2006
    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
  2. Filazafera
    Apr 20, 2006
    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. Expand
  3. CurtisL
    Apr 17, 2006
    I can't vote a ten, but their best, most solid record yet, and that's saying a lot.
  4. AndrewD
    Apr 23, 2006
    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
  5. BaronL
    Apr 20, 2006
    The Southern mythology may be replaced by personal struggles and desires but the sound is still as hot as Georgia asphalt.
  6. LawrenxceP
    Aug 7, 2006
    Still the best and most solid honest country-rock band around..."world of hurt" is one of their very best and most heartbreaking tunes.
  7. stetsonk
    Jun 28, 2006
    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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