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Southeastern
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2013
I've been a fan since Jason's Drive By Truckers days. Recent albums by Jason have been highly acclaimed both within the music industry and amongst fans. Southeastern adds to an excellent body of work. An impressive collection of 12 songs, a great listen at the end of a busy day.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2013
Jason Isbell is fast becoming the songwriter's songwriter and now stands comparison with the best of Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark or Steve Earle. The lead up to this outstanding album has been a series of increasingly good solo albums which followed some star turns with The Drive-By Truckers (Goddamn Lonely Love, Decoration Day) Last year in a pub in North London he played the best solo acoustic live gig I have ever seen and not far short of the being the most enjoyable of any I have seen in 45 years of concert going. He is that good - amazingly strong voice (all the better for giving up booze which he had done not long before the London gig), phenomenal guitarist (if you want a flavour of how good, listen to his solo on Justin Townes Earle's 'Harlem River Blues')and songwriting of the highest order

And now he has trumped all that with the songs of redemption, love, dying, rock and roll lifestyle and so on, on the majestic 'Southeastern', an album to savour, to wallow or rejoice in. It will make you cry and make you laugh and will stir the senses unlike few others. What joy to have the three best albums of the year released within a month or so of one another. This is as good a male singer songwriter album as Patty Griffin's 'American Kid' is a female one (and Lori McKenna's 'Massachusetts' is the third one. If Jason Isbell gets any better we will run out of superlatives - this is a great album! Beautifully produced, well-paced, brilliantly played.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2014
Isbell doesn't put a foot wrong here. This seems like a classic in the making. If the opening track doesn't convince you; well, your heart must be a hard place...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2014
What an awesome album. Some of the tracks (notably Elephant) send chills down the back of your neck. Not a bad track on the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2014
Having heard a couple of tracks on Bob Harris country i knew I would love this CD and I do, this is Americana at its very best
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2013
Jason Isbell gives a masterclass in songwritting with this album hard to find a week track on here a must for any isbell fan
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on 7 January 2015
Very open lyrics complement the soft Nashville sound of this album.

Live Oak is a classic vulnerable song that makes you stop and listen.

I bit of lead guitar livens it up but not too much, just a few low riffs.

Shame there is one blatant use of f****** in song 4 because it prevent general open play around the house. But there again he was singing about someone dying of Cancer so I suppose that deserves a big fat f*******
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on 16 July 2013
a real progression. - I bought this on the back of Jason's other solo material. Naturally I have followed him from the Drive By Truckers connection.

This album for me shows Jason growing as a talent and it is a delight to follow him on the journey. The musicianship and storytelling we have come to expect has really grown on this collection.
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on 25 May 2014
Like another reviewer, I heard a couple of tracks on Bob Harris's Radio 2 show and immediately knew I had to buy this album. I've only played it a handful of times, but already I know this is going to join the likes of Ryan Adams' Heartbreaker as one of my all-time favourites. Beautifully crafted songs from beginning to end. Thanks Bob.
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on 25 July 2014
Came across this by scanning internet for good Americana music and ordered on cheap CD and have since ordered the vinyl copy. Beautiful music and highly recommended and should carry wide appeal for those that like alt.country. There are a couple of songs on this that will fall into the category of best tunes ever such as Yvette.
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