Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation’s Dark (4 stars)

Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation’s Dark

(New West)


Any band with songs called ‘Daddy Needs a Drink’ and ‘You and Your Crystal Meth’ can’t be all bad, and so it proves, as Drive-By Truckers here provide a fantastically sprawling trawl through the Southern Gothic hinterland of blues, country and soul. A high-octane blend of barnstorming rock and bourbon-soaked ballads, this taps into the same blue-collar tradition as Springsteen and The Hold Steady, while also adding the boogie of early ZZ Top and the swagger of early Aerosmith. As the strains of closer ‘The Monument Valley’ fade away, you’re left with the impression of an album as impressive as that self-same epic landscape.

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