Clark Collis
July 13, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sirens of the Ditch

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jason Isbell
genre
Rock

We gave it an A-

Former Drive-By Truckers singer-guitarist Jason Isbell unhitched his wagon from that band’s Southern-rock-blaring 18-wheeler in April. But this satisfying mix of guitar-driven stompers (”Brand New Kind of Actress,” ”Shotgun Wedding”) and plaintive laments (”Try,” ”Grown”) is reminiscent of the DBTs. The group’s attention to sociopolitical matters also seems to inform Isbell’s compositions on Sirens of the Ditch, such as the heartbreaking rock waltz ”Dress Blues,” a worthy addition to the tragic, ever-lengthening list of songs about the Iraq conflict.
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