Drive By Truckers-Decoration Day (LP)

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Limited 180gm colored vinyl LP pressing. The Drive-By Truckers never do anything by the book, so it was no surprise that with 2003's Decoration Day, the band's first release for New West Records, Patterson Hood and his mates (including Jason Isbell making his debut in the group) took another rewarding left turn. The album boasts a handful of crowd-pleasing, party-starting cuts, like the brash, cranky rocker "Hell No, I Ain't Happy" and the Stones ringer "Marry Me." Yet more common are moments of startling beauty (the steel solos on "The Deeper In" and "Loaded Gun in the Closet" and the jangling guitars, rolling melodies, and soulful fiddle breaks of "Heathens" and "My Sweet Annette") and heavy doses of recrimination and regret, as in the back-to-back suicide tunes "When the Pin Hits the Shell" and "Do It Yourself."

  1. Deeper in
  2. Sink Hole
  3. Hell No, I Ain't Happy
  4. Marry Me
  5. My Sweet Annette
  6. Outfit
  7. Heathens
  8. Sounds Better in the Song
  9. (Something's Got to) Give Pretty Soon
  10. Your Daddy Hates Me
  11. Careless
  12. When the Pin Hits the Shell
  13. Do It Yourself
  14. Decoration Day
  15. Loaded Gun in the Closet