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English Oceans [Deluxe] [CD/DVD]
     

English Oceans [Deluxe] [CD/DVD]

by Drive-By Truckers
 

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For years, Mike Cooley has been the George Harrison of the Drive-By Truckers, the guy who contributed two or three fine songs to each DBTs album while frontman Patterson Hood penned the bulk of the band's repertoire. That changes with English Oceans, the band's tenth studio album, where Cooley gets co-star status for a change --

Overview

For years, Mike Cooley has been the George Harrison of the Drive-By Truckers, the guy who contributed two or three fine songs to each DBTs album while frontman Patterson Hood penned the bulk of the band's repertoire. That changes with English Oceans, the band's tenth studio album, where Cooley gets co-star status for a change -- he penned six of the album's 13 tunes, and sings lead on Hood's "Til He's Dead or Rises." By accident or design, the increased presence of Cooley's songs gives English Oceans a feel of call and response, as Cooley's smart but plainspoken style faces off against Hood's more artful approach as they both spin tales of characters struggling to make sense of the world around them. While the album opens with a world-class rocker, Cooley's "Shit Shots Count," which could pass for a Dixie-fried outtake from Exile on Main St., for the most part English Oceans finds the Truckers in a thoughtful, low-key mood, with the guitar firepower dialed back a bit and both writers imagining characters whose lives range from the poignant ("Primer Coat," "When He's Gone") to the bitter ("The Part of Him") to the tragic ("Made Up English Oceans," "When Walter Went Crazy"). Subtlety has never been this band's biggest selling point, but on English Oceans the Drive-By Truckers show they can pare back their arrangements and create something more atmospheric without stripping their songs of what makes them powerful; Jay Gonzalez's spectral keyboards add a wealth of detail to "Made Up English Oceans" and "Hanging On," and drummer Brad Morgan and bassist Matt Patton are a rhythm section that can rise to any challenge these songs present. Ten albums and 18 years on from their first show, the Drive-By Truckers are still capable of mixing things up and showing off new sides of their skill set, and that's certainly the case with English Oceans, which shows them making wise use of all their talents -- not just Mike Cooley. [A Deluxe Edition added a DVD.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2014
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882218324
catalogNumber:
221832
Rank:
34820

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Shit Shots Count
  2. When He's Gone
  3. Primer Coat
  4. Pauline Hawkins
  5. Made Up English Oceans
  6. The Part of Him
  7. Hearing Jimmy Loud
  8. Til He's Dead or Rises
  9. Hanging On
  10. Natural Light
  11. When Walter Went Crazy
  12. First Air of Autumn
  13. Grand Canyon

Disc 2

  1. First Air Autumn
  2. Grand Canyon
  3. Made Up English Oceans
  4. The Part of Him
  5. Feb. 14
  6. Panties In Your Purse
  7. Dead, Drunk and Naked
  8. Shit Shots Count

Disc 3

  1. Black Ice Vérité Introduction
  2. Primer Coat
  3. The Part of Him
  4. Shit Shots Count
  5. When He's Gone
  6. Hearing Jimmy Loud
  7. Pauline Hawkins
  8. Made Up English Oceans
  9. Hanging On
  10. Till He's Dead or Rises
  11. Natural Light
  12. When Walter Went Crazy
  13. First Air of Autumn
  14. Grand Canyon

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Drive-By Truckers   Primary Artist
George Davidson   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Mike Cooley   Group Member
Patterson Hood   Group Member
Brad Morgan   Group Member
Matt Patton   Group Member
Jay Gonzalez   Group Member
Adam Courson   Trumpet,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

David Barbe   Producer,Engineer
Mike Cooley   Composer
Patterson Hood   Composer
Wes Freed   Artwork,Paintings
Brad Morgan   Composer
Lilla Hood   Art Direction
Matt Patton   Composer
Jay Gonzalez   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Traci Thomas   Publicity
Kaitlyn Eddy   Intern
Ryan O'Keefe   Intern
Lewys Evans   Intern

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