Southeastern CD (2013)

Artist: Jason Isbell

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Maybe his best

on 6/14/2013

The album has a feel of singer-song writer about it. Even though there is some lovely support work from a band & some other singers in places (including the very good Kim Richey), the real impact is from Jason Isbell's fine singing and guitar work. There is a melancholy air over the album, with the songs dealing with loneliness, broken relationships, human flaws & the like.

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SKU 250073489
UPC 794504799842
UPC 14 00794504799842
Format CD
Release Date 6/11/2013
Author Jason Isbell
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Technical Info
Engineer Mark Petaccia
Producer Dave Cobb
CatalogID SER 9984
Lable Name Relativity (Label)
Released 06/11/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 47m : 18s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 07945047998428
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jason Isbell (vocals, guitar); Derry Deborja (Mellotron, keyboards); Chad Gamble (drums); Dave Cobb (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Mark Petaccia.
Recording information: Falling Rock Studio, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Michael Wilson .
Jason Isbell was one of three first-class songwriters in the Drive-By Truckers, along with Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, and each of them had (and has) his own spin on the kind of raucous Southern soul-country that band specialized in. When Isbell left in 2007 to pursue a solo career, there was every reason to believe he would continue in the same vein. Instead, Isbell produced work that still had some Alabama country twang, but was really closer to the folky singer/songwriter side of the spectrum, full of graceful melodies with thoughtful and literate lyrics. On this outing, Isbell strips things back even more, going with, for the most part, sparse, moody arrangements and songs that muse on the responsibilities of his newfound sobriety, an atonement of sorts, and they tell of lost weekends, drinking mouthwash when the alcohol ran out, and other sordid personal tragedies, all with an eye to how it seems to work out when problems are embraced, addressed, and finally owned. As such, this is an ultimately positive set that doesn't pull punches. Highlights include the beautiful opening love song "Cover Me Up," the elegant and sort of baroque country-rocker "Stockholm," the blast-along "Super 8" (which wouldn't sound out of place on any of the Truckers albums), and the love ballad "Relatively Easy," which closes things out here. The overall tone of this fine set is one of quiet and thoughtful honesty with one's life and past and the knowledge that personal redemption has to be earned again and again each and every day. It is, quite frankly, Isbell's best solo album thus far. ~ Steve Leggett
Artist Overview
Singer/songwriter Jason Isbell initially made a name for himself as Patterson Hood's foil in the Southern roots-rock band Drive-By Truckers, but he left the group in 2007 to pursue a solo path. His debut solo album, SIRENS OF THE DITCH, was co-produced by Hood, and isn't far afield from Isbell's former outfit, but the blues, country, and soul influences are a bit more prominent, and with his new group, the 400 Unit, Isbell found a fresh way to insert himself into a band dynamic.
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "What makes the album itself addictive is Isbell's fusing of gothic Memphis blues and Nashville tenderness..."
Disc 1
1 Cover Me Up
2 Stockholm
3 Traveling Alone
4 Elephant
5 Flying Over Water
6 Different Days
7 Live Oak
8 Songs That She Sang In the Shower
9 New South Wales
10 Super 8
11 Yvette
12 Relatively Easy
Product Attributes
Artist Isbell,Jason
Music Format Compact Disc

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