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A Blessing and a Curse [Digipak]
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Album: A Blessing and a Curse [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Feb 14
2)    Gravity's Gone
3)    Easy on Yourself
4)    Aftermath USA
5)    Goodbye
6)    Daylight
7)    Wednesday
8)    Little Bonnie
9)    Space City
10)    Blessing and a Curse, A
11)    World of Hurt, A
 

Album: A Blessing and a Curse [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Feb 14
2)    Gravity's Gone
3)    Easy on Yourself
4)    Aftermath USA
5)    Goodbye
6)    Daylight
7)    Wednesday
8)    Little Bonnie
9)    Space City
10)    Blessing and a Curse, A
11)    World of Hurt, A
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Jason Isbell (guitar, E-bow, Wurlitzer organ); David Barbe (guitar, piano); Mike Cooley (guitar).
  • Audio Mixers: David Barbe; John Agnello.
  • Photographer: Danny Clinch.
  • The Drive-By Truckers have been widely acclaimed for their Southern-bred, salt-of-the-earth roots rock, and rightly so. With their gritty approach, memorable songs, and simultaneously wry and reverential take on the South, the band is something of a Lynyrd Skynyrd for the indie-rock set.
  • The band's 2006 release, A BLESSING AND A CURSE, is one of their most focused and streamlined recordings, paring the fat for an 11-track set that has the Truckers doing what they do best. Whether on Stones-influenced jams ("Aftermath USA"), drowsy Neil Young-like numbers ("Goodbye"), or mesmerizing minor-chord rockers that recall '80s college radio ("Easy on Yourself"), the Truckers don't hide their influences. Yet they also work those influences into a classic rock aesthetic that is as well-crafted as it is enjoyable.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.100) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[An] engaging variation on old-school Southern rock. Amid ragged riffs, light honky-tonk and elegant slow stuff, the Truckers turn in tuneful, finely wrought story-songs."

Entertainment Weekly (p.75) - "[A] CD that finds the Southern rockers turning from the social concerns of 2004's DIRTY SOUTH to the more personal with career-best results." -- Grade: A-

Uncut (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] more personal and introspective record than usual....Truly there's still a lot to marvel at, especially the album's musical diversity..."

Magnet (p.93) - "A BLESSING AND A CURSE still exudes a distinctly Southern twang, but it also finds the Truckers embracing their inner Big Star."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]hat distinguishes them from other bands...is their sincerity, and the unselfconscious honesty that brings to their blistering three-guitar rock and ballads."
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