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  • Summary: The 14th full-length studio release for Georgia rock band Drive-By Truckers features background vocals from Schaefer Llana, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, and Margo Price.
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  1. Jun 2, 2022
    80
    Another complex, solid effort from the Drive-By Truckers, one of the great American bands, who are happy to keep on writing songs about trains and people who died on Welcome 2 Club XIII.
  2. Jun 2, 2022
    80
    They stew in the rich absurdity of it all, and offer a collection that rings of the band’s tendency toward Southern-gothic neo-noir, but with frequent punctuations of light. [July 2022, p.32]
  3. Mojo
    Jun 2, 2022
    80
    With his trademark gothic drawl, Patterson Hood limns close highway calls with perspicacity, then mourns the compatriots he's lost to foibles and vices alike. Perennially underrated Mike Cooley, meanwhile, hands in some of his sharpest-ever writing. [Jul 2022, p.86]
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 2, 2022
    70
    For much of it they elect to look backwards, to formative times in their music story. [Jul 2022, p.82]
  5. Jun 3, 2022
    70
    The contents of Welcome 2 Club XIII testify that there are plenty of good miles left in the tank.
  6. 70
    While Welcome 2 Club XIII has been described by the band itself as autobiographical in nature, it still manages to retain the populist appeal that drove those earlier efforts.
  7. Jun 3, 2022
    70
    Once again, the Drive-By Truckers have made a strong album well worth your time and attention, but Welcome 2 Club XIII suggests they're having a problem embracing uncomplicated joy in 2022 -- but then again, so do most people.

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  1. Jun 14, 2022
    10
    Although I liked the previous three albums a bit more that told them truth about the orange puffery buffoon and his lies, hate and bigotry,Although I liked the previous three albums a bit more that told them truth about the orange puffery buffoon and his lies, hate and bigotry, this one is solid. Yes it is more mellow in its overall structure throughout but that is intentional. It’s reminiscing on their beginnings as a band as well as honest about the fragility of life the older they get. A lot of fans appreciate the fact it was so different then their last three and maybe a change was needed. There is only so much truth that can be told about that cuh Fat Donnie and his moronic 4 years that no one after the fact will admit was a presidency. On this album the songs that shine are “We will never wake you up in the morning” which was a tribute to the late genius that was Justin Townes Earle. Another great one is “Billy Ringo In The Dark” that is about when life finally catches up to you. The standout track by most is Mike Cooley’s “Every Single Storied Flameout” which is an open letter to his son about the truth about the rock n roll lifestyle after his son went through a hard patch in his own life. Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2022
    10
    One of their best. Perfect for 2022 after two years of seclusion from Covid. The last of the great southern rock bands
  3. Jun 3, 2022
    4
    An okay country rock album by a slightly above average band. Not something to go on and laude but admirable nonetheless.
  4. Jun 8, 2022
    4
    Tried to listen, whilst reviewing a technical document, and I wasn't able to sustain enough interest in either music or document to feel likeTried to listen, whilst reviewing a technical document, and I wasn't able to sustain enough interest in either music or document to feel like I hadn't wasted my time. It's chill to the point of being pointless Expand