Decoration Day - Drive-By Truckers
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Some of the songwriting is exceptional. [Dec 2003, p.114]
  2. 100
    A raging, ragged Behind The Music--15 coal-black odes to the casualties that art leaves behind and that life can't avoid. [Aug 2003, p.111]
  3. Throughout they succeed in rendering Southern gothic as social realism.
  4. Somber and smart, Decoration Day also manages to kick like a mule, and if isn't quite a masterpiece along the lines of Southern Rock Opera, it's strong enough to suggest the Drive By Truckers have another masterpiece in them.
  5. An even stronger collection of songs that builds on it's predecessor's sonic foundations while refusing to get stuck in them.
  6. Few bands today are as good at telling a simple, straightforward, from-the-gut story like the Drive-By Truckers are.
  7. A deeply personal album that will resonate with anyone who's ever found their life's path leading them down a dead end.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. EricR
    Jul 26, 2007
    10
    Best rock act going today
  2. DamienS
    Sep 1, 2006
    9
    It's not a masterpiece like "Southern Rock Opera," but if ever a band has followed a masterpiece honorably, this is it. Here there is It's not a masterpiece like "Southern Rock Opera," but if ever a band has followed a masterpiece honorably, this is it. Here there is less of the obvious Skynyrd influence and more of the country and punk influences that began DBT on its path toward southern rock, giving it a more unique sound. Meanwhile, the insightful, powerful songwriting that characterized "Southern Rock Opera" remains in full force. This may be the best band working in the world right now. Full Review »
  3. CHaltcountrytab
    Oct 30, 2003
    10
    best record of the year