9 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2016’s American Band, Drive-By Truckers co-founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley expressed their concerns about the sharp political divides that cut across US racial and socioeconomic lines. Since then, those complex moral issues have only gotten worse—leaving the Southern rock band no other choice but to report back on what they’ve learned. Hood is responsible for the bulk of the songs: He speaks directly to his children on issues like gun violence (“Thoughts and Prayers”) and child separation federal policies (“Babies in Cages”), expressing regret over the mess they’ve inherited. Cooley is at his most serious-minded on the powerful “Grievance Merchants,” offering a pointed critique on the rise of white supremacist ideology. The melancholy, fiddle-laced “21st Century USA” continues the band’s MO of defending the working class, conjuring the image of an economically depressed rural county and the employees who deserve their fair share.

Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2016’s American Band, Drive-By Truckers co-founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley expressed their concerns about the sharp political divides that cut across US racial and socioeconomic lines. Since then, those complex moral issues have only gotten worse—leaving the Southern rock band no other choice but to report back on what they’ve learned. Hood is responsible for the bulk of the songs: He speaks directly to his children on issues like gun violence (“Thoughts and Prayers”) and child separation federal policies (“Babies in Cages”), expressing regret over the mess they’ve inherited. Cooley is at his most serious-minded on the powerful “Grievance Merchants,” offering a pointed critique on the rise of white supremacist ideology. The melancholy, fiddle-laced “21st Century USA” continues the band’s MO of defending the working class, conjuring the image of an economically depressed rural county and the employees who deserve their fair share.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

F. Baggins ,

Here's to opinions

Some reviewers want good music without overt opinions, well I say screw that.I suspect an album with a song”babies in cages” will have something to say. Thank God for opinions, writers that write, and loud music. Loud without something to say is a waste of time.

Desert music man ,

Just gets better and better

Sorry for those who can't handle the truth but judging by some of the negative responses they must be doing something right and hitting a nerve. Politics has never been excluded from popular art. If you can't understand that go listen to Ted Nugent or the other lightweights crap Trump supporters follow. Meanwhile I'll stick with American patriots like the DBT.

rriley115 ,

rjoseph

I thought all the knuckle draggers swore off the Truckers after "American Band"... What are you still doing listening?

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