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Music Marathon 2009 Part 7 (Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – A.C. Newman)

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Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – s/t
And here’s the final Drive-By Truckers entry this year (and that’s not even counting the decent-sounding Booker T. collaboration they released, that I listened to and never got around to picking up, and Live from Austin, TX, which I haven’t heard yet).  One of my chief complaints about ex-DBT singer-songwriter Jason Isbell’s first solo album, Sirens of the Ditch, is that the backing sounded a little tentative and under-rehearsed in the same way that the backing sounds tentative and under-rehearsed on Patterson Hood’s solo album this year.  The good news:  Isbell now has a road-tested band of able musicians backing him up.  The bad:  the songs still aren’t anywhere near as good as his DBT contributions. Read the rest of this entry »


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January 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Music Marathon 2008, Part 8 (Monáe, Janelle – My Morning Jacket)

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Janelle Monáe – Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)
Possibly the only artist on the Bad Boy roster who even vaguely evokes Of Montreal, Monáe is tough to categorize.  Metropolis: The Chase Suite, the first EP release of a planned four-part deal, is a bizarro mix of commercial R&B, orchestrated pop a la 60s James Bond theme songs, and the most consciously cheesy elements of 80s top 40 new wave, fitted with a dystopian sci-fi lyrical framework.  In short, she’s trying to do a lot here. Probably too much. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm