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Brighter Than Creation's Dark Image
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Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

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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. With their trademark of talented musicianship, beautiful story-telling and unique brand of rock and roll, Drive-By Truckers are unmatched in every sense of the word. This is a remarkable album and one that is downright near perfect.
  2. OK, 19 songs, gotta be filler here somewhere, and there is, only it isn't melodic -- with all music credited to the band, Shonna Tucker's muzzier lyrics and Mike Cooley's more elusive ones sound as well-turned as those of Patterson Hood, who's never written better.
  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. 80
    The Truckers have always been a direct band but this time there's a kind of foreplay, where each song gives the other time and consideration. [Mar 2008, p.100]
  5. Mike Cooley steps up with some much-needed light contrast to Patterson Hood’s darker lyrical impulses, which are well represented here, sometimes with touching poignancy and others with blunt force trauma.
  6. As is, it's a sporadically brilliant effort by an exceptional band whose reach still sometimes exceeds their grasp.
  7. Sprawling America travelogue stays strictly old school.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jan 31, 2014
    10
    Really really beautiful songs. They don't have to act out ridiculous emotions for us to react emotionally. The first song truly depressed meReally 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
    10
    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
    10
    Right alongside the Dirty South as their best records.
  4. HexumS
    Feb 29, 2008
    10
    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 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
    9
    My first great album purchase of 2008. Its got me off random play... finally.
  6. MycroftW.
    Jan 29, 2008
    9
    On par with their impressive back catalogue, another winner.
  7. ScottH.
    Mar 12, 2008
    4
    It's whiney, twangy, predictable, pretty annoying.

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