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Southern. Grimey. Dusty and Dirty.,
This review is from: The Dirty South (Audio CD)
'The Dirty South', if Im honest, is the only album by Drive By Truckers that Ive heard and actually liked. Well, loved. Adored. And also, been very much obsessed with. There is quite a raw and untouched element about the entire collection of songs making them feel covered in dirt, dust, and drenched in Whiskey. Personally I would rate this above 'Southern Rock Opera' as a first buy. There is something immediately accessible about the songs on this album which demand a listen and 'The Dirty South' has a far more distinctive flavour. They certainly dont shy away from making the drums as loud and as hard as possible - a quality I significantly appreciate.
The highlights of the album have been mentioned in previous reviews but Ill re iterate. 'Tornadoes' is a relatively gorgeous slow-paced mellow song but gets your head nodding. Clearly, its about the day the tornado's came. 'Sands of Iwo Jima' is the album's knockout track. Just a beautiful song well written, well performed, and awesomely sung. A throaty high pitched southern twang over some country-guitar goodness. Other superb tracks include 'Puttin people on the moon', 'Danko/Manuel', 'The Buford Stick', 'The Boys From Alabama' and 'Never Gonna Change'. Another absolute must-hear on the album however is 'Cottonseed' - a song that contains the lyrics to perhaps my favourite dark chorus of all time.
"I used to have a wad of hundred dollar bills in the back pocket of my suit/I had a 45 underneath my coat and another one in my boot/I drove a big old cadillac, bought a new one anytime I pleased/And I put more law men in the ground than Alabama put cottonseed"
Genius. As I write this, there are some tracks on the album that Im not over-keen on. This, however, is something that will almost certainly change with time. They simply require more listening effort. All in all, if you like rock, or country, or hip-hop, then listen to this album. There is a song on it certain to drive you a little wild. Amazon are selling this for £6.67 secondhand. For as little as £6.00, The Drive By Truckers really do deserve your ears. Whoever you are.