Drive-by Truckers
English Oceans


4.0
excellent

Review

by BigHans USER (116 Reviews)
March 11th, 2014 | 51 replies


Release Date: 03/04/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Road House Rock

If you’ve seen the movie “Road House” you know what I mean when describing something as “dusty.” It’s that overtone of gin-soaked doors, dirty-as-hell desert windows, endless highways littered with cheap beer cans, and most importantly, f*cking Sam Elliott’s mustache. Jeff Healy (RIP) was the official house band where Pat Swayze (RIP Hard) kicked major goon ass at the Double Deuce, but if the Drive-By Truckers had been around back then, there absolutely could not have been a better choice for the soundtrack to sweaty naked broads getting seduced on bar-room washing machines, fat rednecks in suspenders flying across the room in bare-knuckled brawls, and skinny dudes with Britny Fox hair acting as coolers while banging the town doctor on the side and ripping the bad guy’s henchman’s throat out at the river’s edge.

In other words, the Truckers are a rad southern rock band. And with “English Oceans,” they’re back in rattlesnake biting form after a two album stint in suckage. The Truckers have historically rode a trade-off between band leader Patterson Hood and the more proficient, yet less omnipresent lyrical hit man Mike Cooley, whose contributions have usually been superior. Out of the all-time top 10 badass Trucker tunes, Cooley is responsible for at least 7. The gravelly voice is perfect for backwoods-sister-ramming narration, and the metaphorical characterizations of all of those straight up SumBitches in the Dirty South are under Cooley’s wings.

“English Oceans” finds Hood in top form to match Cooley’s prolific output. The Truckers continue to ride their southern rock/alt country/classic rock hybrid sound into that damn dusty sunset, but this time around the material is consistently better than anything they’ve done since “The Dirty South,” which in in its own right is one of the top 5 most underrated albums of its decade. The band’s charm has always been in detailing the mishaps of f*ckups cascading across barroom riffs and smoldering ballads, and “English Oceans” doesn’t belie their heritage. It’s just a hell of a lot better than anything they’ve put out in 10 years. From the filth groove powered “Sh*t Shots Count” to the sprawling, melodic “Grand Canyon,” Hood and Cooley meet each other in the middle. After 25 years, it’s about time.



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BigHans
March 11th 2014


27927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If youve never heard this band, The Dirty South and Southern Rock Opera are much better records, but for fans, this won't disapoint.

SitarHero
March 11th 2014


5698 Comments


Sweet review hans. Patrick Swayze RIP

menawati
March 11th 2014


16408 Comments


"sweaty naked broads getting seduced on bar-room washing machines, fat rednecks in suspenders flying across the room in bare knuckled brawls, and skinny dudes with Britny Fox hair acting as coolers while banging the town doctor on the side and ripping the bad guy’s henchman’s throat out at the river’s edge"

you have a gift for conjuring up visceral images

ExcentrifugalForz
March 11th 2014


2124 Comments


Not been a fan of theirs lately, it would be great if this is as good as you say

menawati
March 11th 2014


16408 Comments


opening riff on first song sounds mightily familiar but cant remember for the life of me where i heard it before

Killerhit
March 11th 2014


5915 Comments


weren't these bastards on conan

menawati
March 11th 2014


16408 Comments


oh yeh sex pistols holidays in the sun

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2014


9615 Comments


Have listened only to Southern Rock Opera by these guys and I found it good. I may give this one a spin.

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Kris.
March 11th 2014


13219 Comments


this is jason isbell's old band right? his solo stuff is amazing

BigHans
March 11th 2014


27927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Mena, but I was really just describing the movie.



If you havent seen it, do so immediatley.

menawati
March 11th 2014


16408 Comments


yes i watched it yonks ago, but your description is great

BigHans
March 11th 2014


27927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kris, yeah this is the one. Isbell rules.

BigHans
March 11th 2014


27927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Manosg, this is good but if youre looking for another Truckers album, spin The Dirty South first, that album destroys.

greg84
Emeritus
March 11th 2014


7556 Comments


So this is actually good. I'll check out. Cool review!

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menawati
March 11th 2014


16408 Comments


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Mad.
March 11th 2014


4564 Comments


Damn, props for reviewing this! I asked our staffer JViney to but you beat him to it, and what a review it is.

Very underrated band, glad this is good

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BigHans
March 11th 2014


27927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks boys, m/ Captain

BigHans
March 11th 2014


27927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah Captain. If you want to hear a really bad ass song listen to the jam "The Devil Dont Stay" off The Dirty South.

BigHans
March 11th 2014


27927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it Six Shooters really hard

NodScene23
March 11th 2014


273 Comments


The Truckers are back in form? Sweet.

They had a damn good 4 album run starting with Southern Rock Opera.



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