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.

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