English Oceans - Drive-By Truckers
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  • Band members: Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Brad Morgan, Jay Gonzalez
  • Summary: Produced by David Barbe, the 10th studio release for the alt-country band features six songs written by Mike Cooley and takes over the microphone for one track.
  • Record Label: ATO
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Hard Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Southern Rock
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Mar 4, 2014
    100
    They’ve created a complex and detailed world, and English Oceans adds more memorable characters to it.
  2. Mar 3, 2014
    82
    Dedicated to Lieske, English Oceans is a triumph for the Drive-By Truckers, one that capitalizes on Hood and Cooley’s strengths as songwriters and also gives them something to sing for that means more than all those colorful characters put together.
  3. Mar 7, 2014
    80
    Hood and Mike Cooley, the only original members left, handle all of the songwriting for the first time since the band's 1998 debut, and it makes for a unity of vision that prevents the grief from sounding gratuitous, that makes the uncertainties resonate with our own.
  4. Mar 3, 2014
    70
    English Oceans, their 12th album in 17 years, confirms they've lost little of their potency, despite major personnel changes over the past decade.
  5. 70
    The group may be battling their more indulgent tendencies at times, but Drive-By Truckers always find a path back towards redemption somewhere along the line.
  6. Mar 5, 2014
    67
    Cooley’s superlative performance on English Oceans would be more worthy of celebration if it wasn’t negated by Hood’s most non-committal songwriting to date.
  7. Feb 28, 2014
    60
    Basically, this is the sound of a band happy to be coasting, which can be a chore to listen to.

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  1. Mar 6, 2014
    9
    Chuck Berry proclaimed, "Long Live Rock & Roll" in his 1956 single "School Days" Other early rockers continued to celebrate the music sayingChuck Berry proclaimed, "Long Live Rock & Roll" in his 1956 single "School Days" Other early rockers continued to celebrate the music saying it would last forever. Would 2014 qualify? I guess it would. And "English Oceans" is the best Rock & Roll record the Drive by Truckers have made since 2008. I've been "Hearing Jimmy Loud" over and over. Congratulations and best wishes to the band Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2014
    6
    It's a good album. It has some good guitar work, and the country feel is nice. But nothing sticks, however. Not a single track did i hear thatIt's a good album. It has some good guitar work, and the country feel is nice. But nothing sticks, however. Not a single track did i hear that i felt like getting back to. It didn't feel remarkable in any particular way. Expand