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Heat Lightning Rumb
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VINE VOICEon September 20, 2012
Along with Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood has crafted an iconic sound with the Drive-By Truckers, so what does he do with a solo album? Killers and Stars was basically a demo, with some lo-fi acoustic performances that hold up on the strength of the material and the conviction of his performance. Murdering Oscar sounded at times like a collection of DBT songs that didn't quite fit on other albums. On Heat Lightening, though, Patterson has done something truly different, and rewarding. The album has its roots in an autobiographical novel that Patterson started to write, but eventually it became an album, filled with the types of characters who would seem at home on a DBT album. Patterson's lyrical style is distinctive. What is different here is the sound. Like his lyrical style, Patterson's melodic signature is all over the place here, but the crunching electric guitars of the Drive-By Truckers are not. In their place, we have piano, and more acoustic instruments than the Truckers ever use. The arrangements aren't exactly mellow-- they are just restrained. There is a tension throughout the music that one does not generally expect from mid-tempo acoustic arrangements. Patterson seems to be developing another new style. Let's hope he continues to pursue it. Now, if only we can convince Cooley to start putting out some solo albums too...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2012
Wow. I didn't see it coming. Although the Truckers remain my favorite contemporary band (touring and releasing records on a regular basis), the wheels did seem to start coming off after Isbell left the band, with a precipitous drop in the overall quality of the records. Now this. I don't know if this was written as a concept record; however, it is a "middle age crazy" record with few peers. The only record I can even think of of this chararcter and quality is Merle Haggard's "Drinking 190 Proof," a fine and forgotten record.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2012
First, I would like to admit I love Drive By Truckers, however I also admit that for me Mr. Hood's other solo albums I could take 'em or leave 'em and I didn't feel they were anything as good as what he did with the Truckers. That being said I was prepared for another solo effort that was somewhat middle of the road. WOW I was wrong!! This latest effort by the veteran song writer blew me away with how fine of a CD it is. Mr. Hood has absolutely hit a high point in his craft. I love the CD. The quality of the recording the arangement of the songs the quality of the lyrical content and the absolute excellent musicianship of the players and the inflection and delivery of the lyrics all add up to one excellent peice of Patterson Hood's fine carreer and shows that he can hold his own with any songwriter of his genre.
The two stand out songs ( although all the songs are quite strong) are "Heat Lightning" and "Come back little star". Lyrically Mr. Hood may have put out his strongest and meaningful writing. The delivery of the great lyrics serves to make the songs evocative and memorable. I admit a tear welled in my eye as I sat and listened to "heat lightning". "Come back little star"s icing on the cake was the quite excellent harmony /backing vocals of ms. Hogan along with Mr. Hood's unique and recognizeable voice( that has never sounded better). Give the delivery and inflection the perfect touch to make a great song even stronger.
Great CD 5 stars
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2012
Patterson Hood at his best, both lyrically and at his best sense of pace and timing. A revealing look into a talented artist who has grown into his skin after gaining some perspective on his early life. Immensely enjoyable....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
I love Patterson Hood and I like this album, but I can't say that I love it. Normally his music pulls me in the first time I hear it and this album just didn't do it for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2013
I think Hood is a truly great American songwriter, up there with Springsteen and Petty, Guthrie and Webb, and Kinky Friedman. Some great playing here, also, and if it sounds like an excellent DBT demo, well, most of them appear, and he *is* one of the main singers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2012
Taking a sidebar from his Drive-By Truckers efforts, Patterson Hood goes solo and delivers raw, heartfelt ballads and stories influenced by his upbringing in North Alabama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3rd album from leader of Drive-By Truckers (other members contribute) out of Athens, Georgia.
These are Americana singer/songwriter storytelling songs that examine life with an insightful and
sympathetic small-town vision. They feel like slices of reality frozen in a moment of time; like old
photos that are heart-grippingly cracked and dirty with the essence of living. There's a kind of
gritty beauty here; the sort that makes you shake your head, shiver & sigh. Nice.
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on May 11, 2015
Patterson Hood is such a talented songwriter. His songs have always been the story telling type where Patterson paints a vivid picture for the listeners. If you don't believe me watch 18 Wheels Of Love by the Drive By Truckers on Austin City Limits12:01 and Come Back Little Star stand out. His solo stuff keeps getting better as i like this one better than his last solo record.
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on December 14, 2013
I am a huge Drive-By Truckers fan and have all of their studio albums, except for Gangsterbilly. Patterson Hood's lyrics evoke a movie to play within the listener's mind as the song plays. He and Mike Cooley are the best song writing duo there is today.
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