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No doubt Jason Isbell is a great songwriter. He pens interesting, thoughtful and sometimes haunting lyrics. This release is more focused and tighter than the last which although it had a couple great songs (Cigarettes and Wine, The Last Song I Will Write) seemed to wander and drag a bit. They truly feel like they are having fun on this one. The flavor of the music is unique and tough to describe. They feel like a lighter outlaw alt/country/rock with more melody.(musically lighter, not in lyrical content) There is a slight mountain music flavor injected on this CD at times and less guitar fuzz than a lot of Drive By Trucker's songs he helped contribute to.
This man and his band seem to have hit a stride. I listened to the whole disc several times before writing this and it is now one of my favorite new CD's in my regular rotation. I look forward to seeing these songs live with maybe a bit of a rougher edge on them.
My favorite tunes on this disc are the first 5 : Alabama Pines, Go It Alone, We've Met, Codeine and Stopping By. However, the whole disc is worth owning and listening to in it's entirety.