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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit [Vinyl]

4.8 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (February 17, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: LIGHTNING ROD REC.
  • ASIN: B001OSRIW0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Benjamin Mackie on March 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Jason Isbell, that's who. This album is a ridiculously polished follow up to Sirens of the Ditch. If you like straightforward Rock with Soul, then this album is for you. After the first few listens, Sirens was still a notch ahead of this record. Songs like "Dress Blues" and "In A Razor Town" will probably never be topped, but this album as a whole has since gone on to suprass Sirens by leaps and bounds. This album has some nice familiarity in it with guitar driven songs like "Good" but also has some unique melodic moments with "Soldiers Get Strange" and "Streetlights". This record has a lot of layers and textures from the intro percussion and dobro-esque acoustic slide guitar of Seven Mile Island" to the horn and soul drenched "No Choice In The Matter". I have been spinning this disc since before it was released and will probably remain a mainstay in my repertoire for years to come. Enjoy.

I also saw the 400 Unit last week for the third time, and they DO NOT disappoint.
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A solid effort. I don't know if its because I've been clamoring for more music after "Sirens of the Ditch" release, or that its that good a record. I got it Tuesday, it hasn't left my CD player yet. From "Seven Mile Island," to "However Long," to "Streetlights," this is no DBT sounding album. Pure, Southern Soul and solid Rock music. Not guitar driven, as the Drive-By records were, but each song has its own strong point. I like the addition of horns and keys from time to time.
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A friend introduced me to Jason Isbell years ago and no musical artist has made me love music as much as he does over those past few years. I finally bought this album after listening to a number of his songs online and I was pleasantly surprised by some of the songs I had never heard before. I will be seeing him in concert soon so I plan on buying a couple more.

Thanks Jason for all the great music!
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Do you like witty and catchy songwriting? Then Jason Isbell is your type of listen. Not just this CD but his first solo effort and the CD that followed this one. let's start with versatility: This songwriter can Rock, he can Blues , he can boogy and he can play soft. Guitar( electric, acoustic, pedal steel, slide this guy can play it) Piano, Horns. the songs are catchy and the lyrics are witty " Mary's cryin' cause she can't hold water and her clothes don't fit her right, she used to say that she wanted a daughter now she only wants a Saturday night".
" He could not have been enough, so small and still bumping the ceiling" from the last track of the CD The Last Song I'll Ever Write.
Jason also pays tribute on all three of his CD's to our men and women in uniform which is great because these service men and women are putting their lives on the line so you and I can still get wonderful music like this from Jason Isbell. This musician is what America needs, the talent level is undenied, fantastic. On one of the best tracks that I have ever heard as a fan of music called "Streetlights" Jason ponders lost love,how people can sometimes deal with lost love, the people he loves presently and how his lost love should realize that love isn't something that should be forgotten. The lyrics and melody are so evocative and smartly written. I get a feeling in side of the hurt and the reality everytime I hear the song. "Streetlights" alone is the only reason you need to purchase this CD but every song is great. There are CD's that when you listen to them you keep waiting for that one song that is the clunker on the recording, that song never comes on this CD or any of his other two.
Also, all his recording with Drive By Truckers are well written ,witty and talented. If you havn't got to enjoy this excellent American musician please do something about it and get his stuff and enjoy it as much as I have.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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Jason Isbell is an incredible songwriter and performer that is clearly on a rapid ascension within Americana music. This album builds on his original solo work and continues with great songwriting and wonderful music executed to near perfection. For the rock fan who likes a little country twist (no tacky country cheese or twang), or the country fan who is ready to abandon manufactured paint-by-numbers soundalikes, try this out. This is southern music that captures a sound missed by the major genres. I recommend this album as well as his debut Sirens of the Ditch and most highly recommend the latest Here We Rest- which was nominated for multiple awards and won Song of the Year honors for Alabama Pines at is year's Americana Music Awards.
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i haven't heard a singer/songwriter express personal, heartfelt emotions as powerfully as Jason Isbell since Jackson Browne. The 400 Unit is a tight, talented group of musicians playing in a lean, understated style. All hail from the Muscle Shoals area of Northwest Alabama - a place with deep roots in the musical history of our culture. They are the perfect platform for Isbell's raspy, plaintive voice and his multidimensional guitar styles. His playing ranges from the gentle picking of a man entertaining his family on a front-porch swing to the all out, balls-to-the-wall energy of Neil Young's "Rust Never Sleeps" era. His encore cover of "Like a Hurricane" on the "Live From Alabama" album requires no apologies to Mr. Young. If David Letterman's and especially Paul Shaffer's effusive support of the group is indicative of the their potential, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are destined to greater things. i own all their albums; three group efforts and 2 solo projects by Isbell. i give them all this same rating for these same reasons. There isn't a song among them that i don't like. In my opinion, a Star is rising in the South. It has the potential to shine brightly enough to help drive by truckers find their way back to the highways.
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