Here We Rest
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Here We Rest

12 April 2011

7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title
Alabama Pines
Go It Alone
We've Met
Stopping By
Daisy Mae
The Ballad of Nobeard
Never Could Believe
Heart on a String
Save It for Sunday
Tour of Duty

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 12 April 2011
  • Label: Lightning Rod Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Jason Isbell under exclusive license to Lightning Rod Records
  • Total Length: 39:38
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  • ASIN: B004XP2KNS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,745 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2011): 11 April 2011
By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Here We Rest (Lightning Rod Records)
The third album from ex-Drive By Trucker Jason Isbell and his second with The 400 Unit, the writing and recording of "Here We Rest" followed a period of recuperation in his home state of Alabama. Indeed, the album's title is the old state motto, before they changed it a century ago to something fancy and Latin.

Much of the material on the record reflects Southern life, some of it peculiar to the region ("Alabama Pines"), but many of the songs touch universal themes - the economy, marital strife, and war, though seen through a Southern perspective. The best songs here, the fore-mentioned "Alabama Pines", the loping "Codeine" and the gentle "Daisy Mae" all demonstrate a warmth, intimacy and authenticity that can't help but draw the listener in. 8/10.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming third from ex-Trucker 18 April 2011
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Clocking in at a smidge under 40 minutes, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit's latest offering is economical to say the least. It is also an album of two halves, starting off extremely promisingly with some of the best songs he has written since leaving the Drive-By Truckers. 'Alabama Pines', 'Go It Alone' and 'Daisy Mae' are all excellent, understated and subtly done, luring the listener into the false hope that this may turn out be Isbell's best yet.

Thereafter, it all becomes a bit underwhelming and predictable, with the second half of the album straining to rise above the accusation of 'filler'. 'Tour Of Duty' rescues things a little at the end, but not by much. Downhome and honest music this may be, competently delivered, but ultimately lacking in the sparkle that marks out Isbell's best material. Without the obvious benefits of bouncing off the Truckers' competetive quality control edge, Here We Rest, lopes and shuffles towards an end that can't come quickly enough to save this album from acute disappointment. Isbell's voice sounds weedy at the best of times; here a distinct lack of punch to the musicianship does it no favours at all.

Three albums in, and Jason Isbell has still produced nothing of consistency and quality to match songs like 'Outfit' and 'When The Well Runs Dry'. If it's any consolation, the album cover features a nice piece of artwork by Browan Lollar, but it's scant consolation for promise unfulfilled. Try the excellent Barn Doors And Concrete Floors from Israel Nash Gripka instead.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feeling underwhelmed again! 28 April 2011
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I agree for the most part with the comments of the first reviewer, I have bought all Jason Isbell's albums based on my respect for him in Drive by Truckers (which is now seriously lacking in DBT's output since he left, he provided the melody for DBT, that has gone).

Anyway back to his solo albums - yes it does feel like they have all been rushed in a way as every album has 2 or 3 great songs, 2 or 3 ok songs and 3 or 4 awful fillers which you could hear any pub rock/blues/soul band play in a Lancaster pub on a Friday night! Jason Isbell needs to steer away from this type of mechanical blues/soul dirge and focus more on the country type songs which he is crafted at doing.

You could take the best tracks off all the three albums and put them onto one cd and then realise what a fantastic song writer and melodic guitar player he really is. I would rather wait 2 years and he deliver a brilliant album than rush out a host of songs just for the sake of it. Therefore I have given it three stars, I really hope next time I can say five!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average at best. 19 April 2011
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Im afraid this cd is nothing special, I was really looking forward to this release, But it is a disapointment to say the least. I have no problem with the short running time(Under 40 Minutes)But there is really only half a good album in those 40 minutes.Jason Isbells last offering is still one of my favourite albums,And i still listen to it at regular intervals,There is nothing on this cd to compare to the last release.My other major gripe is the record company/artist seem to want to put this cd out as cheap as possible -There is no booklet/lyrics, If you want lyrics you have to download them from the bands website.Overall must do better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some great songs, some so so 27 Mar 2014
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Not as good as the later Southeastern but has its moments.

Alabama Pines and Go it Alone are fantastic songs and there are 3 or 4 really good other tracks, and a few fillers.
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