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This review is from: Here We Rest (Audio CD)
This is one of those albums that you put on in the garage while working on your brakes in 100-degree heat while downing bad beer and bitching about your ex-wife. It's serious fuel for juked-up weekend nights at trough bars until 2 AM where you're leaving alone and headed home under sweaty skies, dodging the cops and making tracks on backroads you forgot were even there. Jason Isbell is the Larry Brown of rock and roll, painting vivid pictures of the folks on the outside looking in, evocative and scary and lowdown, with an eye on country-rock but really forging a genre of its own. "We've Met" and "Save It For Sunday" are two of the best melancholy don't-ask lovelorn songs I've ever heard. "Stopping By" is all adults-only melodic roughneckin', heat-blasted sadness with a side of regret that cuts deep. And "Tour of Duty" is one of those very rare songs you actually FEEL, right in your gut, and start thinking hard about stuff you tend to deliberately push away. Although I don't like to compare, a double-bill of Jason Isbell and Ryan Bingham at this point would be almost unbearably intense. It's a good moment for an album like this.
By the way, this thing is mixed unusually loud. Maybe that's the point.