The Dirty South - Drive-By Truckers
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Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

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  • Summary: No, the Drive-By Truckers haven't gone all gangsta rap on us; the title is just one example of the southern rockers' playful side. Founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley remain, although their surrounding cast has changed a bit since the acclaimed 'Decoration Day.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    Even though the production is slicker, The Dirty South is still packed with painful, well-illustrated southern gothic sagas.
  2. 91
    Both sucks the air out of Dixie legend and revives it. [Sep 2004, p.122]
  3. Comparing The Dirty South to the last two Truckers’ records is like arguing over the merits of the first two Godfather movies. Either way you win.
  4. A pleasure to examine at close range.
  5. 80
    Display[s] a lurid intelligence that seeks to explore an alternate American history. [Oct 2004, p.102]
  6. The Dirty South is relatively toothless in comparison to Decoration Day and the breakthrough Southern Rock Opera, rarely even building up that predictably satisfying head of steam.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Dave
    Nov 15, 2004
    10
    This is a great CD, certainly one of the best of 2004. There is not a bad song in this recording in my opinion. Some of the standouts include This is a great CD, certainly one of the best of 2004. There is not a bad song in this recording in my opinion. Some of the standouts include Danko/Manuel, Where The Devil Don't Stay, Lookout Mountain and Carl Perkins' Cadillac Expand
  2. MeganG.
    Sep 24, 2007
    10
    The Drive By Truckers are one of the best bands out! I love every song.
  3. ChaunceyJ
    Sep 2, 2004
    10
    The most diverse rock from the South or anywhere right now. Go see them live to truly understand thier significance. Every song is different The most diverse rock from the South or anywhere right now. Go see them live to truly understand thier significance. Every song is different and they will evoke your every emotion. Highlights Carl Perkins Caddilac Daddy's Cup Never gonna change Godamn lonely love Expand
  4. JoeB
    Oct 9, 2004
    9
    Almost a sequal to Decoration Day, this album boasts strong songs from Hood, Cooley and Isbell. Initially, I didn't like it as much as Almost a sequal to Decoration Day, this album boasts strong songs from Hood, Cooley and Isbell. Initially, I didn't like it as much as Decoration Day, but it has grown on me with each listen. I got to see DBT in concert a couple of weeks ago, and they were great. The songs have taken new life for me after seeing them live. One note about the concert: I was surprised to see how big of a role Jason Isbell plays in the band's live show. He plays a wicked slide guitar. Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Mar 20, 2005
    9
    Like all my favorite music, I had to listen to it several times, then it set it's hook good and deep. Turn it up to 10 and rip off the Like all my favorite music, I had to listen to it several times, then it set it's hook good and deep. Turn it up to 10 and rip off the knob. Best enjoyed with your favorite beverage on ice. Expand
  6. RonM
    Jan 26, 2005
    9
    once you put her on the floor one time, there ain't no turnin back.
  7. tristramc
    Sep 8, 2004
    7
    I really like these guys. Along with decoration day, the dirty south is strong where southern rock always has been...that is telling stories I really like these guys. Along with decoration day, the dirty south is strong where southern rock always has been...that is telling stories and being immediately relatable. My Morning Jacket is the best of the new alt-country bunch but these guys are right there and i can't wait to see both a the Austin City Limits Festival. Expand

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