DRIVE BY TRUCKERS – ” What It Means “

Posted: December 1, 2016 in ALBUMS, WE LOVE
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American Band is not a bashful album. As a collection of songs, it’s not quite as effective as say Southern Rock Opera or even The Dirty South. But as a political statement, it’s easily the most emphatic work by the band Drive By Truckers. “What It Means” takes a subdued approach to the subject of African-Americans killed at the hands of police (or, in the case of Martin, a vigilante cop-wannabe). “Darkened Flags on the Cusp of Dawn” is the brawny flipside, full of the growling, intertwined guitars that have become something of a Truckers signature over the years. Singer Patterson Hood mostly handles the downhearted tunes, singing from the perspective of a military veteran wounded as a civilian by an act of domestic terrorism on the moody “Guns of Umpqua,” sighing in the gloom over a gentle piano phrase on “When the Sun Don’t Shine” and parsing his own struggles with depression on “Baggage,” written after Robin Williams committed suicide. Although the songs on American Band are arguably not the band’s catchiest, it’s a body of work that is starting to feel increasingly essential as the American political landscape gets more and more surreal

 

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