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  • Vinyl (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO Records
  • ASIN: B00HE0OOP6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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1. Shit 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 Rising
9. Hanging On
10. Natural Light
11. When Walter Went Crazy
12. First Air of Autumn
13. Grand Canyon

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Koos on 3 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD
"English Oceans" is a grower. After the first time of listening it looks like only a few tracks are worth mentioning. But after a few turns, a night sleep and a new turn suddenly you realize: It's well structured, well balanced and, yes indeed, yet again a good quality DbT record. Big praise for the rhythm section, they pushes you head-nodding through the songs, especially on the first half of the record. The tougher rock influence like on "The big to-do" and on the "Blessing" record is less on "English Oceans", but that is not like a big miss. The band still rocks.

Cooley and Hood their songwriting and songs are somehow more woven into each other. Maybe the second song "When he's gone" and the third "Primer coat" are examples how. You would think that "When he's gone out" is about to fade out when suddenly Cooley takes over the vocals with a slightly change of rhythm. Only later you will realize these are two songs.

Just as on previous records also this one contains a few surprises: The use of horns on the opening track, the fast rocking `S*** Shots Count' by Cooley. It makes you think the song is one of the best lost and missing tracks of Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main Street." Another is the longer "Pauline Hawkins" with the let's-turn-into-a-southern-rock-short-jam ending. At first I could not fully understand the somewhat strange ending. Now listening to the song within the structure of the record I go crazy for it. Last one is album closer small epic "Grand Canyon": it rides, it rolls, it rides, it rolls, it rides, it rolls. It's Hood his strong ode to the Grand Canyon.

Cooley's gem on "English Oceans" is the faster, semi-acoustic "Made up English Oceans". It's like he wrote it for a modern western.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Whilst some bands mellow with age Alabama's best and brightest, the Drive by Truckers, are not ready yet to contemplate lazy days sitting on the porch. On this 12th album "English Oceans" their renewed promise of another blast of rock n roll raises the question when have they ever not been straining the volume control on Marshall amps. The USP of this album is for the first time a split in the songwriting duties between the great Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. The latter's creative juices had dried up for a while but this 50/50 outcome showcases two great songwriters entirely capable of making you forget that Jason Isbell was once in the band.

The album is full of great kicking rockers like the opening track "S*** Shot Counts", "When He is Gone" and "Hearing Jimmy Loud". In terms of the bands explosive live act they all will pin the audience to the wall at the back of the theatre. As ever though it is when you head towards the more Americana based rootsy DBTs where the real rewards are to be located. Thus the excellent title track "Made up English Oceans" has a backbeat like rawhide and lyrics which attack Republican values; a perennial target of Cooley and Co. The same singers vocal snarl is well employed on Hood's "Till he's dead or rising" a sub Stones mid paced rocker showing that perhaps Jagger and Richards would be well advised to pick up the phone and call both of them. Hood matches this on the swagger of "Natural Light" a slow blues song which witnesses some of his best singing in years, while the shuffling alt country of "First Day of Autumn" is stunning.

Perhaps the songs which may have the longest shelf life are both Cooley's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rightknee1 on 22 April 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have always enjoyed the music of the Drive By Truckers, this album is a return to them at there best, if you enjoy your Southern Rock, then this is a must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janie in Suffolk on 11 Mar. 2014
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I like most of DBT's albums and this is no exception. A good all round album, if you like them you will like this.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. T. Clayton on 4 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD
... albeit with - in my opinion - the wrong man at the wheel.

Let's get that out of the way first: I still don't like David Barbe sitting at the production desk, but as he now doubles up as bass player, I'm not getting rid of him anytime soon. My problem is mostly that I don't think DBT can take any great leaps forward if there isn't someone to challenge Hood & Cooley to up their game. There's little here to attract new fans, and I would still point newcomers to the band to start with 2004's The Dirty South, and work their way outwards (in both directions) from there.

But never mind the new fans, what about preaching to those of us already converted? When I raced through my first listen, I had a mini-panic; I couldn't grab onto it. But by the third listen, this LP had me hooked. This is a VERY welcome collection of songs - from the Cooley-penned swaggering opener, all the way to the heartfelt, heart-breaking closing tribute to deceased friend Craig Lieske, both songwriters are making me grin again.

S+++-SHOTS COUNT includes an ace brass part that points down a musical road I reckon is worth exploring more in future. Cooley sounds really at ease on PRIMER COAT and FIRST AIR OF AUTUMN, which hints at his state of mind now that he's contributing fully to songwriting duties once more. THE PART OF HIM and MADE UP ENGLISH OCEANS prove that the band haven't lost their ability to lyrically skewer scumbag targets. PAULINE HAWKINS has a connection to another of my favourite bands, Richmond Fontaine, which can only be a good thing. NATURAL LIGHT is wonderfully ramshackle, and possibly my early favourite of all thirteen songs. Having said that, it's almost impossible to avoid hitting the 'Replay' button when GRAND CANYON finally fades out.
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