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. 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.
  2. Few bands today are as good at telling a simple, straightforward, from-the-gut story like the Drive-By Truckers are.
  3. While its peaks fall just a whit short of those on its predecessor, Decoration Day's inward journeys nicely balance out Southern Rock Opera's bombastic expansiveness, and further confirm the Drive-By Truckers' status as the most poetic and insightful Southern rockers in existence today.
  4. 70
    Subtlety with Skynyrd chops. [Dec 2003, p.117]
  5. There's a new sense of darkness and despair at their core. [Dec 2003, p.124]
  6. 100
    Some of the songwriting is exceptional. [Dec 2003, p.114]
  7. The best new-school Southern rock you can buy.
  8. Not since Bruce Springsteen's Darkness On The Edge Of Town has a group of rock 'n' roll musicians been so in tune with the trappings and traps of small-town life.
  9. 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]
  10. At over an hour, "Decoration Day" does feel a little unwieldy. But for better or worse, there's simply not a single song here that wouldn't be missed.
  11. A deeply personal album that will resonate with anyone who's ever found their life's path leading them down a dead end.
  12. Darker, more personal than political, Decoration Day rocks easier and rolls harder than Southern Rock Opera, but nevertheless proves beyond a doubt that the DBT engine's got enough horsepower to keep on.
  13. An even stronger collection of songs that builds on it's predecessor's sonic foundations while refusing to get stuck in them.
  14. The album boasts a handful of crowd-pleasing, party-starting cuts.... Yet more common are moments of startling beauty... and heavy doses of recrimination and regret.
  15. Throughout they succeed in rendering Southern gothic as social realism.
  16. Sure it's a stereotype of all the things the South is. At the same time, it is a clearer-eyed view than has been offered before.

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