Jason Isbell – Southeastern

  • August 19, 2013

Since leaving the Drive-By Truckers in 2007, Jason Isbell has released three solid solo albums that diverge from the Truckers’ sound for a folky sound informed by a twangy Alabama country vibe and full of thoughtful, literate lyrics and captivating melodies. On Southeastern, Isbell further strips back his sound in favor of sparse, moody arrangements and expands his rich baritone into a more soulful instrument with the help of producer Dave Cobb (Waylon and Shooter Jennings). The collection of twelve songs muses on drinking, personal tragedies, hard luck stories and sobriety. Standouts include: the beautiful opening love song “Cover Me Up”, the baroque country-rocker “Stockholm”, the honky-tonk like “Super 8”, and the murder ballad “Live Oak.” Overall, Southeastern is a thoughtful testament to personal redemption and one of Isbell’s best solo efforts so far. – Written by JFelton



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