English Oceans [Explicit] [+digital booklet]

March 3, 2014 | Format: MP3

$7.99
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Digital Booklet: English Oceans


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 3, 2014
  • Release Date: March 3, 2014
  • Label: ATO Records (ATO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 ATO Records LLC All Rights Reserved.
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  • Total Length: 1:00:14
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00IHMWZU6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,379 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Cooley and Hood are both is fine form,and the song writing is absolutely flawless.
Jay Schwartz
They are one of the few bands that I always check out and I recommend this album to anyone looking for a good songwriter/ R&R experience.
Robert A. Esbenshade
Every song is like a short story mostly of the rough side of life with very few happy endings just life!
Mark B.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By AHART on March 3, 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is the best Drive-By Truckers album in years. In fact, it's easily the finest since their masterpiece, Southern Rock Opera. This sounds like quite a claim, of course, and who can blame anyone who doesn't quite trust it. I wouldn't. But do yourself a favor and listen to the song samples. You'll recognize immediately that this album is something special. Suddenly, the group doesn't seem as if it is missing Jason Isbell. In fact, as fine a musician as Isbell is, and as impressive as his solo work has become, he would only get in the way here, for this album needs no straight man, no middle ground. Hood and Cooley are in fine form, managing a nice balance of wit and weight, pathos and pleasure. Cooley exudes his usual folksy, knowing charm, Hood his high-pitched angst. Yet none of the tracks ever gets bogged down in heavy-handed philosophizing; none of the songs feel self-indulgent or labored or painfully, maddeningly slow, as they were on so much of Go-Go Boots. Foremost, this is a real album, not just a haphazard collection of songs. It moves fluidly from track to track, and every last one of them rocks. This marks an important point in the Drive-By Truckers story--the album in which the new, leaner version of the band finally found its groove. This album will not disappoint.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 4, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Whilst some bands mellow with age Alabama's best and brightest, the Drive by Truckers, are not ready yet to contemplate lazy days sitting on the porch. On this 12th album "English Oceans" their renewed promise of another blast of rock n roll raises the question when have they ever not been straining the volume control on Marshall amps. The USP of this album is for the first time a split in the songwriting duties between the great Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. The latter's creative juices had dried up for a while but this 50/50 outcome showcases two great songwriters entirely capable of making you forget that Jason Isbell was once in the band.

The album is full of great kicking rockers like the opening track "S*** Shot Counts", "When He is Gone" and "Hearing Jimmy Loud". In terms of the bands explosive live act they all will pin the audience to the wall at the back of the theatre. As ever though it is when you head towards the more Americana based rootsy DBTs where the real rewards are to be located. Thus the excellent title track "Made up English Oceans" has a backbeat like rawhide and lyrics which attack Republican values; a perennial target of Cooley and Co. The same singers vocal snarl is well employed on Hood's "Till he's dead or rising" a sub Stones mid paced rocker showing that perhaps Jagger and Richards would be well advised to pick up the phone and call both of them. Hood matches this on the swagger of "Natural Light" a slow blues song which witnesses some of his best singing in years, while the shuffling alt country of "First Day of Autumn" is stunning.

Perhaps the songs which may have the longest shelf life are both Cooley's.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By pork turtle on March 4, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Wow! That's what I thought upon listening to the latest DBT album. After 3 years and another lineup change, the Truckers are back with an excellent entry into their catalog. Heavy on Cooley (which is always a good thing), this album hits most of the right notes. The subtraction of John Neff and Shonna Tucker and the addition of Matt Patton on bass has only made this band that much tighter. No more soap operas - just rock.

While Patterson Hood has less song writing credits on this one (devout Patterson fans should look to his superb 2012 solo album Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance) Mike Cooley is in the driver's seat and does not disappoint. From the super-charged album opener " S*** Shots Count" with his smart, edgy lyrics to "Hearing Jimmy Loud", Cooley is in peak form. 'Trophy tail wives taking boner pill rides for the price of a happy meal' - priceless.

Hood is in the backseat for this one, but not by much. "Pauline Hawkins" and "When Walter Went Crazy" with classic Hood story-telling should appease longtime Patterson fans. Don't forget the soaring album closer "Grand Canyon" - Patterson's tribute to Craig Lieske.

Great music all over the place. Way different feel than the past couple of albums and the contributions from keyboardist Jay Gonzalez and bassist Matt Patton stand out. 'DBT 12' as Patterson calls this version of the band in the liner notes to put it simply, just rocks. DBT!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Antiquity on March 7, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
While DBT haven't made a bad album, they haven't made a great one since Dirty South. Part of that, IMO, is that essentially Shonna Tucker replaced Jason Isbell as the third singer/songwriter. I don't have anything against Shonna, but her songs and style just don't blend seamlessly with the rest of a DBT album. I thought her stuff worked pretty well on Brighter Than Creation's Dark, due to the sprawling, looser feel of the album, but not the others since.

This album gets back to what DBT did (and does) best. Cooley and Patterson trading songs, with Cooley doing a bit more than his usual load (which is a good thing). If anything, Cooley has become wittier and stronger overall as the years have passed, while Patterson is still good but has lost a step since his glory days of Southern Rock Opera and Decoration Day.
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