Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit - Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
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  • Summary: The second album post-Drive-By Truckers for the singer-songwriter from Alabama is the first to feature The 400 Unit.
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  1. The result is that, in both content and form, The 400 Unit is an unapologetically Southern album, and the lived-in authenticity of its performances, masterful songwriting, and fierce intelligence also make it one of the finest albums of what has already been a strong year for popular music.
  2. Just barely out of his twenties, he writes with the well-worn weariness of someone twice his age, but Isbell's youth nevertheless breathes energy into a formula that's been revisited by many Southern-born songwriters before.
  3. 80
    This is best thought of as ‘country soul’. Isbell’s words, in style and content, are old-school tears-in-the-beer laments, deftly lightened by exquisite deadpan payoffs.
  4. The 400 Unit--named for a mental facility in Isbell’s current hometown of Florence, Ala.--lays out blistering riffs on 'Good' and 'However Long,' but slower songs like the maudlin 'Cigarettes and Wine' and the zitar- and horns-laden 'No Choice in the Matter' are overlong and languid, lacking energy and urgency.
  5. 60
    Isbell’s recitation--defiantly unexciting in its averageness--doesn’t help. But the thing is, the guy can really write.
  6. With his latest band, the 400 Unit, the former Drive-By Truckers guitarist brings new textures to tracks like the percussion-heavy swamp rock of 'Seven-Mile Island' and vintage-sounding Southern soul of 'No Choice in the Matter.'
  7. On this new self-titled record, Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit sound like they’re still finding their legs.

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