Decoration Day - Drive-By Truckers
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  • Summary: The Southern rock band led by Patterson Hood follow up their 2-disc concept album about Lynyrd Skynyrd ('The Southern Rock Opera') with this less conceptual but equally rocking LP.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
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  1. 100
    Some of the songwriting is exceptional. [Dec 2003, p.114]
  2. Throughout they succeed in rendering Southern gothic as social realism.
  3. An even stronger collection of songs that builds on it's predecessor's sonic foundations while refusing to get stuck in them.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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