Sirens of the Ditch - Jason Isbell
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  • Summary: Jason Isbell's first solo album since he left the Drive By Truckers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sirens is the sound of a freshly liberated songwriter scouring his soul - and coming up full-handed.
  2. This is a remarkably mature and impressive debut from an artist who seems like he's just getting started and his best stuff lies ahead of him.
  3. 80
    Overall, Sirens… may be a bit of a stylistic scattershot, but the Muscle Shoals foundation and Isbell’s razor-sharp songwriting mark it as an auspicious debut.
  4. Sirens is no "Heartbreaker" - though the stylistic grab-bag is reminiscent of Adams’s debut - but it is a damn good start.
  5. 70
    It's all top-shelf alt-country: road-hardened, literate and dark as ever. [August 2007, p.114]
  6. 70
    Given time, Isbell could be roots rock's Flannery O'Connor. [Aug 2007, p.102]
  7. Isbell shows us his sensitive side in a collection of lightly strummed breakup ballads and weepy slow-dancers you'd expect to get from Ryan Adams. That's not an endorsement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. dah.
    Jul 15, 2007
    no surprise its great.
  2. MikeS.
    Jul 12, 2007
    It stradles country and rock and his characters are neighbors, maybe the children of those in the lyrics of songs on Steve Earle's Guitar Town. Reminds you of those great mid 70s albums by Neil, Bruce, Jackson, Stephen Stills but infused with the spirit of the South. Expand
  3. GaryM
    Aug 16, 2007
    "The Devil Is My Running Mate" a weak ending for a strong debut full of the kind of confident, charismatic songwriting that just can't be taught" Are you F'n kidding me??? This is the best ANTI WAR, ANTI RACIST songs since Vietnam. Expand
  4. RodneyH.
    Jul 17, 2007
  5. MarcosM
    Aug 1, 2007
    Amazing songwriting.
  6. Tg
    Aug 1, 2007
    If you can't find a few cuts on this cd that you really like, you just don't like music. Highly versatile w/ rock, country,folk, blues, ballads. It's done masterfully instrumentally as well as lyrically(is that a word?)great wk from a hometown guy. NOTE: He's not ryan adams and it's not a truckers album! Expand
  7. ChrisH
    Jul 19, 2007
    Question: How can the Austin Chronicle review be translated into a 67? They gave the album 3 stars. 3/4 stars is 75 percent. 3/5 stars is 60 percent. It would have to be 3/4.5 stars to be 67 percent. Expand

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