UncutThe Big To-Do, it's pleasing to report, rocks as hard and loud as anything they've previously done. [Apr 2010, p.78]
The Big To-Do is a subtle but genuine step forward from 2008's Brighter Than Creation's Dark, but while that album dug deep into the darker undercurrents of its songs, The Big To-Do resembles Bruce Springsteen's The River in that its stories of folks under punishing circumstances are married to music that tries to find some sort of grace and honor in the struggle without dulling the lyrical impact.
The old comedy adage goes that if it bends, it's funny, but if it breaks, it's not. Tell that to Drive-By Truckers, who break everything in sight yet still strike tragicomic gold every time. The Big To-Do, their eighth full-length, features another cast of walking-dead survivors struggling with their vices in a Faulknerian landscape of rocked-up desperation.
Q MagazineThe Big To-Do is the familiar mix of big guitars and off-kilter storytelling. [Apr 2010, p.120]
Oct 18, 2016"The Big To-Do" does (most of) what it set out to do.
As a rock record goes, it's succeeds, as far as variety and lyrical depth, it does"The Big To-Do" does (most of) what it set out to do.
As a rock record goes, it's succeeds, as far as variety and lyrical depth, it does stagger a bit. The first four tracks are great. Nothing could stand in the way of this record. That is until we reach "The Wig He Made Her Wear". Structurally, it's not great. And lyrically, I've heard it a million times from Patterson in better ways. And after this it's only okay until the last two or three. Definitely not a bad listen, but they've done better. Worth a listen to for sure.
"The Fourth Night of My Drinking"
"The Flying Wallendas"… Expand
Jul 15, 2011Probably their most accessible album in terms of catchy songs (maybe I'm wrong). There appears to be something on here for everyone. TheProbably their most accessible album in terms of catchy songs (maybe I'm wrong). There appears to be something on here for everyone. The guitars crunch like their rockier records like a ten minute Crazy Horse jam, but in respectful restraint. Patterson aims big on this one, with partner in crime Mike Cooley paving the usual territory. His "Birthday Boy" might be the album highlight. Shawna Tucker's contributions are well placed too ("You've Got Another") and Hood keeps it familiar with his direction ("The Wig He Made Her Wear"). Not mellow like their previous effort (Brighter Than Creation's Dark) or the next one after (Go-Go Boots). If you're a fan of the band, you'll enjoy the album. Nothing groundbreaking, but worth every penny.… Expand
May 13, 2011The Drive-By Truckers can write some good Southern rock riffs, but this album felt less inspired than Brighter than Creation's Dark or Go-GoThe Drive-By Truckers can write some good Southern rock riffs, but this album felt less inspired than Brighter than Creation's Dark or Go-Go Boots. There are some interesting songs on here ("Birthday Boy", "This F****ng Job", "The Fourth Night of My Drinking"), but not having a defined concept seems to have zapped the music of its cohesiveness.… Expand
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