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Fantastic record. Cool that it's in pink. However, the actual vinyl record is not completely flat. I actually returned one copy to Amazon, because I thought it was a fluke. Nope. It plays ok (not great) with some pitch and speed shifts noteable. Cool collectors' item, but if I could do it again, I would just get the regular non-pink copy.
I've been listening to a lot of really great American songwriters recently, John Prine, Guy Clark, early Tom Waits, Kris Kristopherson.....then I put on Jasons record and perhaps not unsurprisingly it falls well short and I think I know why. Whilst those others artists offer up sad little lives they do so through characters that are both not only recognisable and believable but with whom you instinctively care about. With the notable exception of 'Elephant' Isbell doesn't and therin lies the problem but then I'm comparing him with the greats.
I was disappointed with this album. Isbell is not exactly country (although he sure isn't bro country--one of his best features) but really just a singer from the South. Evidently that's all it takes to be country these days. He's got a couple good tunes on here but I was hoping for a little more twang. I'll probably return this CD.
I think Jason Isbell has an excellent voice but the subject matter in this collection of songs is so depressing and in one instance, very crude. I hope Jason Isbell's next recording isn't so focused on the dark side, though I'm sure this set was cathartic for him. I just found so depressing that I probably won't listen to it again. ny