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  • Summary: The collection of b-sides and rare tracks contains songs from the "Dirty South" recording sessions.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  1. The Fine Print runs just under an hour and is drawn from the outtakes of four different albums, yet it’s as cohesive and entertaining an album as Drive-By Truckers have ever released.
  2. Uncut
    80
    "George Jones Talkin' Cell Phone Blues" "The Great Car Dealer War", and covers of Tom Petty's "Rebels" and Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" are among highlights of an album that many of the DBTs' peers would cheerfully claim as a career peak. [Jan 2010, p. 106]
  3. Mojo
    80
    The songs range from good to essential. [Oct 2009, p.101]
  4. Under The Radar
    70
    By turns dark, poignant, and outrageously funny, it really is hard to quibble with The Fine Print. [Fall 2009, p.75]
  5. For a stopgap release, we couldn’t ask for anything better, and in fact The Fine Print spoils us somewhat, as we’re ultimately left wishing more bands would put this much care into such a compilation.
  6. 70
    Cliche or not, Drive-By Truckers’ leftovers really are better than most bands’ main course.
  7. Their ability to edit their material into thematically powerful statements is one of the band's strengths, which makes the scattershot, uneven approach of Fine Print all the more out-of-character.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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  1. Apr 7, 2012
    10
    This may be the fifth-best DBT release after 'Pizza Deliverance' (their best), and the holy trilogy of 'Southern Rock Opera', 'DecorationThis may be the fifth-best DBT release after 'Pizza Deliverance' (their best), and the holy trilogy of 'Southern Rock Opera', 'Decoration Day', and 'The Dirty South'. Lord knows it's better than the scattershot releases after Isbell left the band and in fact it makes me wonder how "When the Well Runs Dry" and especially "TVA" could have possibly been left off any 'Truckers LP's. Maybe he was at such a writing peak that they would have been a little too 'Jason', I mean. he dominated 'Dirty South' as it was. I'm so glad they released these tracks, they were truly one of the best bands in the world from 1998 'til around 2006. Expand
  2. Oct 18, 2016
    6
    Wouldn't doubt it that the Truckers have what they have for each record, so the idea of a b-sides record was shocking to me. It's a fineWouldn't doubt it that the Truckers have what they have for each record, so the idea of a b-sides record was shocking to me. It's a fine enough batch of songs, but I'm not entirely sold off on it. I actually enjoy the covers more than the originals. I don't have much to say on this because it's probably my third least listened to after SRO and AB. It's definitely not a bad listen, but it's certainly not great.

    Key Tracks:
    "Uncle Frank (Alternate Version)"
    "Mama Bake a Pie (Daddy Kill a Chicken)"
    "Like a Rolling Stone"
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