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Jason Isbellの３作目は前作同様フェイムスタジオ録音、バンドプロデュース作品。 前作はサザンロック、スワンプ、サザンソウルな南部ロック名作だったが、本作はその流れを崩してはいないが、ブルーグラス、フォークをやや強めたアメリカンルーツロックに仕上がっている。 ひなびたオルガンの音や、スライド、アコウスティックギターやフィドル、ねばりあるリズムセクションにて鳴らされるロックサウンドに、強い意志と鋭い眼差しを聴き手に感じさせるJason Isbellの歌声が素晴らしい。 派手さもなく、熱くなり過ぎることもなく、無駄に歪ませることもないが、強いロック。 アナログ盤の方は7inchにボーナストラック２曲収録されており、１曲は本作では貴重な豪快なエレキギターがけん引するロックナンバー、もう１曲は何故だかGuided By Voicesの「Everywhere With Helicopter」カバー（新興レーベルNo More Fake Labelsによるトリビュート企画と同じテイクだと思うのだが・・・） 何れも良いトラックなのでおススメ。
I'm one of the many, really many, who never heard of Jason Isbell until they were blown away by Isbell's 2013 album Southeastern. One Amazon reviewer of Southeastern made the comment that everyone is taking the position that Southeastern was a quantum leap from Isbell's previous work and that isn't the case. Isbell's previous records, so said the reviewer, are also outstanding. He recommended getting Hear We Rest, and I did, and he is quite right. If you, like me, have worn out your copy of Southeastern and started to wonder when someone will put out another record that will shake your world as much as Southeastern did, then get Here We Rest. Lots of touching personal stories with somewhat scaled down acoustic settings. Okay maybe it's not quite as powerful as Southeastern but it's outstanding and it's classic Jason Isbell, which is saying a lot.
If you liked the last album by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit you should be happy with this one too. More passionate songs with powerful lyrics and the usual nifty guitar arrangements. For some reason, listening to a few songs on this album, I'm reminded ever so slightly of early Jackson Browne, around "Late for the Sky." Vocally, Jason doesn't sound a bit like Jackson, but there is just some sort of vibe or mood that Jason Isbell has captured in these songs that makes me offer that comparison. Whatever the reference point --- Drive-By Truckers or a singer-songwriter from the past --- Jason Isbell is a very talented songwriter in his own right, and I like this new album a lot.
I have yet to listen to something from Jason Isbell that I don't like. When he was with the Drive By Truckers he made some of their most memerable songs. As a soloist he keeps producing stories set to music. I generally am not a person that listens to lyrics, I like a good beat, but Isbell's songs force me to listen. Each album is like a book of short stories. This is another fantastic record and wonderful stories from the South.