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Drive-By Truckers: Brighter Than Creation's Dark
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Since the Truckers hit their stride with Southern Rock Opera (their remarkable 2001 2-CD concept album about Lynyrd Skynyrd), they’ve been on one of rock music’s great creative runs, and Brighter Than Creation’s Dark (their 8th album overall) ranks with their very best work. Like their last album, there’s no overarching concept, but their new one stands out from previous releases by toning down the rock and placing greater emphasis on the songs. And what songs they are, filled with evocative imagery and emotionally affecting details. While a few are classic Truckers-style southern-rock barnburners, many are more acoustic-oriented and show a stronger country influence than any since their first couple albums, with pedal steel guitarist John Neff now an official member of the band. Legendary soul keyboardist Spooner Oldham also makes some great contributions, and bassist Shonna Tucker contributes her first songs and lead singing to a Truckers album. Still, it’s the band’s longtime leaders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley who are the album’s focal point, and it’s their songs that make Brighter Than Creation’s Dark an early contender for album of the year. 1/11/2008 - Don Yates
Other Drive-By Truckers album reviews:

English Oceans - 2/21/2014
Go-Go Boots - 1/14/2011
The Big To-Do - 3/4/2010
A Blessing and A Curse - 3/9/2006
The Dirty South - 8/6/2004
Decoration Day - 6/15/2003
Southern Rock Opera - 1/15/2002