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  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B000ZKRFDA
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Brighter Than Creation's Dark is a Southern gothic rock n' roll masterpiece with 19 songs adding up to over 75 minutes of pure rock n roll. The band continues its notorious 3-guitar attack with the promotion of longtime sidekick John Neff to full member. Patterson Hood contributes 9 songs to the album (The Righteous Path, Daddy Needs A Drink), 7 songs from Mike Cooley (A Ghost To Most, Lisa's Birthday) and 3 songs from Shonna Tucker (The Purgatory Line). This it the first time Shonna has written the songs for a DBT album. All this is enhanced with musical contributions from he legendary Spooner Oldham. As Patterson Hood says about the songs on the album, Stylistically, they run the gamut from old-timey sounding country to a heavy R&B influence. Some songs that are quieter than any we've ever recorded and some that rock harder than anything we've ever done. In the end it's still all Rock and Roll (which is why that will always be the description of choice to us when describing our music in stylistic terms). Drive-By Truckers are one of the most unique recording artists and live bands in popular music today. The Truckers write about people, places and situations like no one else, and have build an amazing worldwide audience in the process.

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Drive-By Truckers' sound ticks all the boxes for Southern Rock - pedal steel guitar, close-knit vocals, the odd reference to grandpappy's shotgun- and pays a whole backlog of dues without ever sounding derivative. Their musicianship on Brighter Than Creation's Dark is impeccable throughout - they've been together eleven years - and their best tunes concentrate on secreting lyrics of quiet desperation and twisted reality into a slickly produced, conventional country-rock format.

Now and then, their lyrics stray a little close to the edge of self-parody, and this kind of music relies 100% on solid redneck sincerity to keep it on the road, but most songs make it through without exciting more than a wry grin.

Daddy Needs A Drink is surely a contender for song title of the year, and is among the album's many polished stylistic gems, but That Man I Shot beats it hands down both lyrically and emotionally. Veering surprisingly close towards Neil Young, and swigging deep from Nirvana's bottle of strong liquor, this is a hellhound-on-my-trail, staggering masterpiece of remorse and fear of retribution.

Drive-By Truckers know their chops when it comes to country but it's when they kick into a fuzz-tone stomp that they're at their most comfortable and most impressive. They serve up an Allman Bros. groove with a side order of Lynyrd Skynrd, and show they can genuinely separate the cornpone from the rock when they want to.

After repeated plays, it's You And Your Crystal Meth - their stunning exercise in sub Mason-Dixon Line psychedelia - that sticks in the mind. The only track here that's genuinely begging to be played over again, this is without doubt the most inventive and challenging track of the nineteen on the album. --Al Spicer

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For some people the merest hint of a pedal steel guitar is enough to send them scurrying into the woods with their hands on their ears screaming 'Run For Your Lives' and though there are more country influences on this album than previous, rockier albums like Southern Rock Opera it has to be remembered that Drive By Truckers have always had a country influence to their sound, be it firmly rooted in the 'Alternative' region of a territory of music that for some reason some people find hard to stomach. But there would certainly be no place for the DBT at the Grand Ole Opry, nor does the music on this album bear any resemblance to Kenny Rogers. The Deep South is steeped in country music tradition and that influence has shined through to varying degrees in Southernrock from Skynyrd and Creedence to Kings Of Leon and Drive By Truckers. What we have here is a continuation of all that is great about DBT, the same excellent character studies whether it be the middle aged loner 'Bob', the drug dealer facing hard truths 'Checkout Time In Vegas' or the touching viewpoint of alcoholism to young eyes that is 'Daddy Needs A Drink'. The hard rocking axe welding is still there and even though it is not so much to the fore the laid back vibe suits this album well and even their lighter moments would be more akin to 'Anodyne' era Uncle Tupelo than anything 'mainstream country'. The bassist Shonna Tucker has filled the void of Isbell by lending her voice which makes a potent contrast in three efforts the best being the haunting 'The Purgatory Line' which is more comparable to Neko Case than anything Tammy Wynette might release.
There are 19 songs and it is a long album but I'm sure what are highlights for some will be skip button friendly for others and everyone will have their favourites.
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By therealus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Feb. 2008
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No band has excited me as much as DBT since I first heard The Clash. I first came across them in Chris Willman's excellent book Rednecks & Bluenecks shortly after the release of A Blessing And A Curse. After purchasing that album I began to buy up the back collection until I reached Pizza Deliverance, which seemed to be far enough. The high point for me is 2004's The Dirty South, but right back to Southern Rock Opera the only fault I found with the music was there just wasn't enough of it, so how folks can complain that this latest offering is too long is beyond me.

The Live DVD seems to confirm the contention by some aficionados that this is the best live act around. I search in vain for a UK appearance, or one within a thousand miles of me when I'm in the US.

This is a less rocking, more acoustic and "country" set than previously, laden with plenty of slide guitar, but there's also plenty of variation, so the second track, 3 Dimes Down, is reminiscent of the Stones, and this is followed by the grungy The Righteous Path.

But what DBT do with country is pack it with surprises and dissonances. So we get songs such as Cooley's Checkout Time In Vegas feeling very conventional musically but lyrically it's totally brutal, opening with "A bloody nose, empty pockets, a rented car with a trunk full of guns". Much of its strength is in its brevity; it leaves us only able to guess the backstory. Similarly we can only guess the relationship with Lisa in Lisa's Birthday, another country pastiche though not a country put-down.

Self Destructive Zones is a Cooley rocker apparently about the state of Rock'n'Roll.
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Quality control might have weeded out a couple of the, to me, extraneous country numbers, but I am happy to give this album five stars if only for the track "You and your crystal meth". This is the creepiest and most haunting track I have heard for ages. Proper shivers down the spine and hairs standing up on the neck - Scary and wonderful.

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Almost perfect southerncountryrock record.

I was introduced into the DbT music by the 'blessing and a curse record'. The next one was this 'brighter' record. I noticed that in a lot of musicmagazines the record ended up in the end-of-the-year-list. I can imagine why. But I can also imagine why the record could have been even better if two or three songs had nog been included.

Maybe it's because Jason Isbell had left the band. But compared with the previous records 'Brighter' has less rockier and more singersongwritercountry approach. For the DbT-listener already used to the DbT-rocksound it will be a different experience. But no worries, the rockier songs are still there and are amongst the best ones DbT have written. Hood contributes the most songs, Cooley has his share and bassist Shonna Tucker steps forward with three good songs.

Cooley delivers the groovy, slide riding-in-a-car 'Three dimes down' backed by great drumbeat. Hood definitely rocks on highest level with 'The Righteous Path' and 'That man I shot'. Powerful rock songs with strong lyrics, the first about the hard life of the hard working common man. Tucker gives the sweet, smooth touch with her songs 'I'm sorry Houston' and 'The Purgatory line'. Her softer, sweet voice comes out very well against the raw Hood/Cooley voices.

The only 'but' with the record are the seven songs from 'Perfect Timing' until 'Lisa 's Birthday' . All together those songs have the tendency to loose your attention once you have heard 'Lisa's Birthday', the latter a soft slow speed. Just slightly it starts to sound a little bit the same. Therefor to me it feels like maybe two or three songs in that section could have been left out.

But all together: it's a very bright record! It sounds indeed more laid back.
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