Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans (2014)

Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers
English Oceans
ATO Records, 2014
60 minutes

The prolific Drive-By Truckers released their tenth studio album, English Oceans, earlier this month. Singing and songwriting duties are shared by the co-founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, and the two styles complement each other wonderfully. The record starts with a raucous Rolling Stones-type rocker, followed immediately with a much more mellow, Tom Petty-flavored track; still other songs sound like classic Waylon & Willie compositions. The back-and-forth of rockers and laid-back Americana makes English Oceans smooth sailing for the listener.

Hood and Cooley introduce us to interesting characters throughout these songs, and tell stories like old-time country and folk songwriters. The best compositions are “When He’s Gone” and “Til He’s Dead or Rises,” but there are other worthy tracks included. It’s not a perfect record and there are instances of profanity sprinkled here and there, but English Oceans is an honest offering and one that should satisfy longtime fans of the group.

Watch a performance of “Made Up English Oceans” below:

Tracklist:
1. S*** Shots Count
2. When He’s Gone
3. Primer Coat
4. Pauline Hawkins
5. Made Up English Oceans
6. The Part Of Him
7. Hearing Jimmy Loud
8. Til He’s Dead Or Rises
9. Hanging On
10. Natural Light
11. When Walter Went Crazy
12. First Air Of Autumn
13. Grand Canyon

Learn more about Drive-By Truckers.

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Purchase Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans.

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on March 26, 2014, in music, reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great Georgia band. Saw them in Athens many years ago. They put on a great live show.

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