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The Big To-Do [Explicit Lyrics]

Drive-By Truckers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: [PIAS] Recordings
  • ASIN: B0036BDPYS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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BBC Review

Formed in Athens, Georgia in 1996, Drive-By Truckers have spent the last 14 years introducing the ramshackle, distorted aesthetic of 90s grunge to a vintage Southern rock template. Like a cross between Pearl Jam and Creedence, the band have consistently avoided sinking into the anonymous jam-band swamp with tight songcraft and appealingly lurid storytelling, passionately delivered by principal songwriters Patterson Hood, Shonna Tucker and Mike Cooley.

The Truckers’ main challenge has always been to avoid spreading themselves too thinly, to make a focused impact rather than diluting their prodigious talent pool with endless digression. At their finest, as they were on 2008’s Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, the band create a majestic wall of muscular riffs and emotionally direct lyricism exploring the Jekyll and Hyde duality of the Southern spirit.

The first four tracks of new album The Big To-Do are a solid continuation of the Truckers’ recent winning streak. Opener Daddy Learned to Fly kicks the album off with a thick riff and a sparkling, Springsteen-worthy chorus. Birthday Boy, an unglamorous glimpse at the daily grind of a cash-strapped exotic dancer, shows a Petty-esque flair for emotive, galloping songwriting that showcases the cinematic scope of the Drive-By Truckers when firing on all cylinders.

But just as it seems clear we’ve got another rough-edged diamond on our hands, the album begins to wander at its mid-point. The Wig He Made Her Wear sees the rest of the Truckers reduced to unassuming backing band to Cooley’s dark story of spousal abuse and murder, the noir guitar lines seeming to bear little relation to his prose-like vocals. Meanwhile, the mid-tempo plod of Santa Fe and crooner You Got Another just don’t have the nuance or mystery to hold attentions after the album’s scorching opening numbers.

Things begin to pick up with After the Scene Dies, a power-charged eulogy to the South’s dying bar music circuit, and the fragile grace of The Flying Wallendas, but The Big To-Do doesn’t maintain the expert balance that made Brighter Than Creation’s Dark such an essential release. That said, the standout tracks here are as definitive a statement of the Truckers’ virtues as you’ll find anywhere, cementing the band’s reputation as one of the hardest-rocking acts operating south of the Mason-Dixon Line.    --Chris Lo

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The Big To-Do, which is the band's tenth album in their thirteen-year career, is scheduled to be released March 15, 2010. The Big To-Do features thirteen new tracks from the Drive-By Truckers and was produced by their long time producer, David Barbe (Sugar, Bettye LaVette). "It's very much a rock album," says Patterson Hood of the Trucker's upcoming release. "Very melodic and more rocking than anything we've done since disc 2 of Southern Rock Opera."

The inspiration for The Big To-Do came to the band during their time on the road. "We've often set our songs and albums in different periods of time, but this one finds us directly in our present. Riding all through the highways of America (and Europe) trying to make sense of a very different world than the one we grew up in," says Hood. "I don't write a lot of songs on the road, but I did more than usual on this album and many more were inspired by or set there, either in a literal sense or something I witnessed or heard about while I was out there."

Hood and Mike Cooley continue to be the chief songwriters of the group, continuing a musical partnership that has lasted over twenty-three years. Bassist, Shonna Tucker, flexes her songwriting muscles once again by contributing two original songs to the album. Brad Morgan (drums), John Neff (guitar/pedal steel) and Jay Gonzalez (keyboards) round out the current Drive-By Truckers lineup.

The band recently backed legendary R&B musician, Booker T. Jones, on his critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning album, Potato Hole.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
4.5 stars

They say the whole is the sum of the parts but it didn't quite feel like that on the last Drive by Truckers album "Brighter Than Creations Dark". Don't get me wrong it was a great record indeed it is genetically impossible for this band to record a bad album. But the departure of Jason Isbell clearly led to a band "rethink" and some passing doubt. It was to her eternal credit that Shonna Tucker stepped up to the plate not least of all with wonderful songs like "The Purgatory Line" and "I'm sorry Houston". The album also contained contributions from nearly all other band members including Patterson Hood's blistering "The Man I shot" a song which contains so much "attack" it could destroy armies.

The latter song could be a template for the new album since when it comes to the "Big to do", it is the out and out rock dimension of the DBTs that is not such much at the fore but actually pressing its nose two inches from your face and blowing smoke up your nostrils! This feels more like a bespoke vehicle for Hood and Mike Cooley, and it is an angry, brutal and dark assault that still manages to combine the fine ear for melody that is the DBTs trademark. "The Flying Wallendas" for example is a poignant, aching ballad with a pronounced slide guitar in the background (albeit concluding with a blistering guitar solo). The same goes for Cooley's gentle "Eyes like glue". But you should note that both of these songs come at the end of the album and by that time you will need some respite!

Prior to this with the have probably the greatest ode to dead end employment in "This f-ing Job" with a riff so loud that it should concern the local environmental health department.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top! 5 Oct 2010
By Twig
Format:Audio CD
Ok, so it's not the Dirty South, which possibly can never be bettered, nor Southern Rock Opera, which runs it a close second, but The Big To Do is a great album.

Any bunch of tracks that includes the The Fourth Night of my Drinking, the Flying Wallendas and the amazing The Wig He Made Her Wear, deserves nothing less than five stars. These snippets of American life, short stories set to music, are wonderful, clever, apposite.

As for the sound. I was someone who retrieved an old Dansette from the loft to listen to punk singles back in the seventies. Music should be listened to the way the groups intend us to hear it. These days the tendency to bland things out to the best digital possibility does some music no favours. I love the roughness of this album. It is vibrant and vigorous and complements the songs perfectly.

Forget what you've heard by them before. Listen to it fresh. It is a superb piece of work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drive-By Chuggers 19 Mar 2010
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It's hard to argue with the premise that the Drive-By Truckers are one of the best bands around at the moment. They deliver good old-fashioned rock in the southern style with a sharp literate edge to their lyrics. The Big To Do is their second studio outing since the departure of Jason Isbell, and although the band has regrouped and consolidated its line-up, that departure is still apparent and the band's sound melodically the poorer for it.

The songs this time are heavy on lyrics by Patterson Hood, music being credited to the band as a whole. 'Birthday Boy', a Mike Cooley song is the best thing on the album, ('Which one's the birthday boy she said, I ain't got all night') with 'After The Scene Dies' being a close contender, but Shonna Tucker's falsetto on 'You Got Another' strikes something of a discordant note. There is a tendency for some of these songs to chug along aimlessly, 'The Wig He Made Her Wear' being a particular culprit, but the lyrics are always on the button and shot through with the Trucker's customary mordant wit - 'This F***ing Job' and 'Drag The Lake Charlie' being prime examples.

Other reviewers have suggested that The Big To Do is the best thing the DBTs have produced so far. It's not quite that good in my view, but the bar has been set so high by previous albums that expectations are now unreasonably high. There's nothing duff in the band's entire catalogue let's face it, and although The Big To Do has a tendency to chug along on auto pilot in parts, it is yet another worthwhile addition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contender for album of the year 1 Aug 2010
By steve
Format:Vinyl
Tis is a cracking album. The full range of DBT stylings are on display. Workin' This Job and Birthday Boy are both excellent single choices. Charlie Drag The Lake is like Elvis Costello's Watching The Detectives as writ by the protagonists and You Got Another is the sound of a broken heart made song. The only criticism I have comes from the fact this is the band's gazillionth album. They've perfected their formula. But on tracks like The Flying Wallenda's and Daddy Learned To Fly it sounds a little too well used. Does every album they put out need a Daddy Track, A Drinking Track and a Storyteller Americana Track? They're good at what they do. No matter how many times they do it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DBTs turn it up to 11 4 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Drive-By Truckers stated intent on their 8th studio album was to return to thunderous guitars and unreconstructed bar room boogie. Thankfully, even as they channel 70s hard rock the subtlety and intelligence that are their trademarks haven't been sacrificed.

The opening salvo of Daddy Learned to Fly, The Fourth Night of My Drinking and Birthday Boy are surging, adrenaline pumping rockers, but John Neff's lyrical slide playing gives them a gradual, evolving melodicism. The riffs on After The Scene Dies and This ... Job could level houses and the band's Crazy Horse style jamming is electrifying. The band's playing as a group lends this album some of it's strongest aspect, particularly in the case of a song like You Got Another, where they take what could be a slight Shonna Tucker composition and elevate it to brilliance.

The Big to Do also offers further proof, if any were needed, that both Hood and Cooley have matured into some of our finest lyricists, taking the same subject matter that might have been played for tar black guffaws on their first couple of albums and elevating it to almost unbearable levels of pathos on songs like The Wig He Made Her Wear and the aforementioned Fourth Night of My Drinking.

Many people find the sheer quantity of a typical DBTs album to be a little much, but for me at their best they seem able to churn out classics like a rock n roll production line working overtime. Sprawling epics like Decoration Day and Brighter Than Creation's Dark don't contain a single song I don't enjoy. In fact, I thought BTCD represented a peak for the band, despite continual bleating about the absence of Jason Isbell, (a man who contributed a grand total of 8 songs to the band's albums before last year's odds and sods round up The Fine Print).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should have had better reception
Yet another album of great songs from DBT. It came out earlier than Go go boots and most seem to prefer the latter to it but I believe it was recorded at around the same time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gizmophobic
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding their feet - again
I am a DBT fan, I discovered them when Southern Rock Opera was released over here and I haven't looked back since. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2011 by David J. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars New find for me
Recently discovered Drive by Truckers and imagine I will get all their albums. It is probably a required taste - big thanks to Amazon for giving us the chance to listen to clips on... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2010 by Janie in Suffolk
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Real
You will be pleased to note that I do not intend to write an in depth or long review. In my opinion this is not a 5 star release, just as it most certainly isnt a 1 or 2 star... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2010 by Ian Tandy
1.0 out of 5 stars The Big to Don't!
Approach with caution. This album has been well reviewed particularly in Uncut magazine, and I bought it to be a rollicking, noisy album in the car for the summer on the basis of... Read more
Published on 3 May 2010 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars The Big To Don't Bother.
Do you like American indie rock? There are so many great bands who deserve respect; Replacements, Meat Puppets, Husker Du, Wilco, Buffalo Tom, Afghan Whigs, Ryan Adams & The... Read more
Published on 22 April 2010 by Mr Ticko
3.0 out of 5 stars Big to do - about not that much
After the rich palate that was Brighter Than Creation's Dark I was looking forward to this. However, the DBTs have elected to rock out this time, with a rough, raw production that... Read more
Published on 17 April 2010 by Lendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars A great return to form
I am a great fan of the DBTs and evry album has improved their standing with me at least. I was concerned when Jason Isbell departed but the new line up with Shona Tucker... Read more
Published on 15 April 2010 by B. L. Ramsay
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not a classic
After "Brighter than creation's dark, this was eagerly awaited. "Brighter" has stood the test of time for me to be one of the classic Americana/Country rock albums ever. Read more
Published on 12 April 2010 by Kevin Brennan
4.0 out of 5 stars A band having (dark) fun
10th from the truckers, great album that gets straight to the point. The beauty about buying CD's or vinyl is the sleeve notes, and in this album Patterson Hood explains how the... Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2010 by P. Smith
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