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I have always loved music and it has been a big part of my life. I am almost 70 now and still listen, but not like I did in my earlier years. Actually, I had pretty much lost interest until I saw Jason Isbell on PBS LIVE AT LINCOLN CENTER a couple of months ago. I am embarrassed to say that I had never heard of him, but was taken with his music. I Am currently buying all his CD's one at a time so I can become very familiar with all his recorded work.
The last time I got this excited over an artist was in 1972 when I discovered John Prine! Jason Isbell is an incredible talent!
This album is outstanding. I found Jason Isbell after he sobered up and became a songwriting stud, and released southeastern. I've been working my way through his early stuff, and this has honestly became one of my favorite albums. It's good all the way through. It's a good lyrical album, that's very different musically, from some of his other work. It fits the library well. Highly recommend it to any music fan. The LP also came in great condition. Will be buying more vinyl from amazon in the future.
The more I hear this album the more I like it. The only drawback is it sounds on many songs like he's wearing his influences on his sleeve. I could hear Tom Petty singing "Shotgun Wedding" and "Magician" (still like the songs though!). Isbell is a killer guitarist and gifted lyricist. The best are the songs that are uniquely Jason Isbell, like the classics "Dress Blues" and "Razor Town". The man has a gift for sad songs and his soulful voice only makes the lyrics more effective. Rockers like "Try" hit home with it's "against the grain" guitar riffs and no nonsense lyrics. A good album for sure, but if you want to hear the real Jason Isbell, check out his latest cd "Southeastern". More acoustic and sparse, Jason found his voice on this cd and delivered his best cd yet. My recommendation: buy both!!!
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.