From their breakthrough album 's Southern Rock Opera onward, the Drive-By Truckers have never shied away from dealing with the political and philosophical divides that come with life in the American South. But as issues of race, violence, and the failings of the electoral process have come to dominate the national conversation inthe Drive-By Truckers have responded with their most explicitly Caravan - In The Land Of Grey And Pink album to date.
American Band contains a dozen songs that deal with familiar themes for this band in some respects, but instead of pondering "the Southern Thing," these are stories that confront all sides of a great but troubled nation, as racism means not just the mixed message of the rebel flag but the unjust death of Trayvon Martin, and one tries to come to terms with the many ways our culture is slowly changing in some ways and stubbornly refusing to evolve in others.
This is music full of both fury and purpose, but Paroles, Paroles - Various - Bonjour La France Vol. 1 rare exceptions, American Band isn't an album of anger but of puzzlement and concern. Patterson Hood 's songs Surrender Under Protest - Drive-By Truckers - American Band thoughtful journal entries informed by his experiences as a Southern man who had left his home for the Pacific Northwest, especially "Ever South" and "What It Means.
And while American Band roars less than many of the band's previous works, it still sounds like the Drive-By Truckerscarried by the guitars of Hood and CooleyBrad Morgan 's superb drumming, and Jay Gonzalez 's evocative keyboard work. The Drive-By Truckers are too smart to believe they have the answers for America's problems, and American Band doesn't pretend to offer them. But they ask the right sort of questions, and these songs weren't written for the audience to cheer along, but to encourage a debate that the country seriously needs.
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