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This is the 3rd album by Jason that I have recently acquired, following his recent fine disc Nashville Sound which I rated highly , and I am now working my way back through his back catalogue . I was pleasantly surprised that this album from 2015 is stuffed full of memorable songs with tunes that you can hum. The lyrics are an insightful dissection of blue collar struggles in the USA, examining life against a daily struggle to get by. A particularly strong track which many others rate highly is Children of Children, a gorgeous melancholy reflection on growing up in a loving family in a rural setting , with an epic instrumental workout at the close that makes it feel like a real classic track . Jason's singing is clear and true throughout , the band playing sympathetically and there is not a weak track, every one is a winner, high quality control throughout. In general I tend to prefer the slightly more mellow tracks, like The Life You Chose, but in contrast a few others rock out and are more uptempo like Palmetto Rose, so creating a varied balance throughout the album . I am impressed by great songwriting and playing maintained throughout his last 3 albums, all of which have made a lasting impression on me. I would describe this as Americana , it is modern country with a social conscience, not cloying or syrupy. It gives a real insight into daily life from a working class perspective, and tells it as it really is, not embellished. It all strikes a true chord with me, splendid stuff. From not having heard of him 4 months ago, his last 3 albums have now established him as serious artist who is genuine , his honesty and sincerity shine through as something truly special. More people in the UK need to hear and become familiar with his fine material, he is someone to cherish and keep a future eye and ear on.
I'm sorry. Yes, this is another one of those "it's a good album but not as good as South Eastern" reviews! Eleven tracks and not a dud one amongst them. Jason's voice and songwriting abilities make this an album which you can play repeatedly and not feel the need to skip over any of the tracks, but whilst there are no dud tracks, neither is there a Live Oak or an Elephant to send shivers down the spine. With 24 Frames, Jason seems to have gone down the pop song route along the lines of Ryan Adams' last album, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The title track, Children of Children and To a Band That I Loved are personal favourites, but this is an album where it's difficult to pick out individual songs..it's the continuity and feel of the album as a collection of songs which is what makes it work.
Fantastic album..even better on vinyl,spread over 2 lps and enclosed in quality gatefold sleeve with the correct information and pictures ... just the way albums should be.The most important feature is the music,if you have heard any of his recent albums or even his previous drive by truckers contributions you will not be disappointed,wrap this up with super sound quality and you have what will be in all the mags top albums of the year.
I had heard the track 'Speed Trap Town' from this album and had to purchase. Jason Isbell is a great song writer and needless to say, the rest of the album is excellent. I will be purchasing more of his music for sure.
Never heard of him until a few weeks back - the power of "Later with Jools" ! Brilliant melodies, great chord choices with some words that get you "thinking"...with "The Life You Chose" as the standout track for me.