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  • Summary: This is the first album since Jason Isbell left the band to pursue a solo career.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    This is a stunning album, bristling with astute and funny words, glorious tunes and delivered in performances all the more impressive for sounding so utterly effortless. [Mar 2008, p.80]
  2. As a collection of songs, Brighter Than Creation's Dark ranks among Drive-By Truckers' best, even though there are a couple of skippable tracks.
  3. The result is a sprawling, 75-minute immersion in the dynamic between Patterson Hood's Neil Young/Tom Petty-influenced folk and rock and Steve Cooley's mix of Rolling Stones, stone country and Band-flavored folk-rock.
  4. If Isbell’s departure was the cloud, Brighter Than Creation's Dark is the silver lining.
  5. 80
    That they've played themselves out of a tight corner is an impressive feat in and of itself. [Winter 2008, p.99]
  6. While the album may not add up to a cohesive sum like "Decoration Day" or especially "Southern Rovk Opera," with 19 songs on Brighter Than Creation's Dark, the band put a lot on the table. [Winter 2008, p.81]
  7. Despite such strong material, it’s a shame it has to be bogged down by a good six or seven tracks of filler.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jan 31, 2014
    Really really beautiful songs. They don't have to act out ridiculous emotions for us to react emotionally. The first song truly depressed me in its beauty and subject matter. Moving stuff. Expand
  2. DanielC.
    Feb 8, 2008
    This is among DBT's best recordings. It may be lengthy, but that's my only complaint. I love this record.
  3. MikeJ.
    Jan 26, 2008
    Right alongside the Dirty South as their best records.
  4. HexumS
    Feb 29, 2008
    I had never heard of this band before. I just downloaded some random high scoring album from MetaCritic because I was bored. I dislike about 95% of albums that get critical acclaim here, but let me tell you this is definitely one of the 5% that I absolutly love. This is my best MetaCritic find since The Shins - Chutes too Narrow. Try this one out! Expand
  5. BenInBrooklyn
    Jan 28, 2008
    My first great album purchase of 2008. Its got me off random play... finally.
  6. MycroftW.
    Jan 29, 2008
    On par with their impressive back catalogue, another winner.
  7. ScottH.
    Mar 12, 2008
    It's whiney, twangy, predictable, pretty annoying.

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