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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  1. AndrewV
    Oct 27, 2003
    10
    Maybe the most honest album made in the past 5 years. Pulls no punches and doesn't look down on its subject matter something very easy Maybe the most honest album made in the past 5 years. Pulls no punches and doesn't look down on its subject matter something very easy to do given the subject matter. Amazing, I listened to it every day for about two months. Collapse
  2. CHaltcountrytab
    Oct 30, 2003
    10
    best record of the year
  3. EricR
    Jul 26, 2007
    10
    Best rock act going today
  4. 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. Expand

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