- Record Label: ATO
- Release Date: Sep 11, 2012
- Summary: The third solo album for the Drive-By Truckers singer was based on a semi-autobiographical novel he never completed.
- Record Label: ATO
- Genre(s): Country, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock
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MojoSep 19, 2012Scratchily downbeat, this is a true artist's vision in that Hood can remove himself from the pain without stinting on the honesty. [Oct 2012, p.82]
Positive: 3 out of 3
Mixed: 0 out of 3
Negative: 0 out of 3
Sep 20, 2012This is classic Patterson Hood. Even though it is a solo effort, it also has a definite vibe of the DBTs last two albums too. He imo is theThis is classic Patterson Hood. Even though it is a solo effort, it also has a definite vibe of the DBTs last two albums too. He imo is the best story teller in music right now because his words are simple and quite real and get right to the point. Patterson has such a connection with what the every day man/woman is going through and can articulate that so well in his songs. Right now this country and its people are suffering quite bad and Patterson has plenty of material to write about. I have always been a Mike Cooley guy over the years but Patterson has really shown his ability as a master songwriter in particular on his last two solo albums. I think this is a top 5 album for 2012 and Come Back Little Star might be the best song he has ever written. It is right up there with The Living Bubba. Shrimp will probably act like he likes him now too. I smell a phony creepin.… Collapse
Oct 18, 2016(My) Top 10 Albums of All Time.
Brutal, raw, honest, introspective, gorgeous. This is Patterson at his most personal. It's a beautiful(My) Top 10 Albums of All Time.
Brutal, raw, honest, introspective, gorgeous. This is Patterson at his most personal. It's a beautiful record that's just full of wonder. I hate Patterson because he made this record and I didn't. The arrangements are sparse which leave the songs to have a free and atmospheric presence. Please buy this record. Perfect for dark, rainy, humid, car rides home.
"Better Off Without"
"After the Damage"
"Better Than the Truth"
"Betty Ford"… Expand
Jun 1, 2013On the cover of ‘Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance’ the third solo album from Patterson Hood, the Drive-By Truckers singer is lookingOn the cover of ‘Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance’ the third solo album from Patterson Hood, the Drive-By Truckers singer is looking into a mirror perhaps because this album takes a reflecting look at his past. Lyrically it comes from a turbulent time just after the break-up of his first band and a marriage and just so you know what territory you are in opening track ‘12:01’ set the mood by telling tales of crossing county lines to go ‘Where the liquor laws are different’. In fact alcohol plays a big part here in the stories of relationships and situations that Hood so vividly describes, in the brutally honest ‘Betty Ford’, a standout track, he sings ‘the sun shines through the window for the fifteenth time this year, you’re lying on the concrete in the same dress that you wore to the party’. Ranging from folk to alt-rock it obviously has hints of his current band, most of them are on here, but it also brings to mind the last two albums by Richmond Fontaine ‘We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River’ and ‘The High Country’ as well as Vic Chesnutt. Kelly Hogan shares writing and vocal duties on their tribute to the late singer ‘Come Back Little Star’ with her voice sitting above Hood’s southern drawl, it works well and they use it again on ‘After The Damages’. Single note piano parts, banjo and spoken word are all utilized to great effect and of the twelve tracks here there really isn’t a weak one amongst them. What was clearly a very personal project and a catharsis of sorts could have turned out somewhat depressing given the subject matter but surprisingly it ends up a quite uplifting affair and one which rewards you with each listen. This overall feeling of light in the darkest places is down to the talent of Hood and his writing and in a much better place now he can be proud that he has made one of the albums of the year.… Expand
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