The Unraveling

Drive-By Truckers - The Unraveling
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #91 / 177
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
2020 Ratings: #208
January 31, 2020 / Release Date
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Sorely missing the intensity and hard rocking approach of its predecessor.

The album starts very strongly, the first three songs all have a lot to recommend them, and the final two tracks are a satisfactory (if far from ‘career best’ standard) conclusion.

Unfortunately the tracklist noticeably sags in the middle which really takes the shine off ‘The Unraveling’.
For me, this album is kinda of a mixed bag, I enjoy some of the songs but for some others Thoughts and Prayers, 21st century USA for example() i just don't care for but overall it is a solid Americana/ country rock album and going into this record i thought i wouldn't enjoy it all but came out pleasantly surprised

Track Review

Rosemary with a Bible and a Gun 7.5/10
Armageddon's Back in Town 5/10
Slow Ride Argument 7.5/10
Thoughts and Prayers 5/10
21st Century USA 5/10
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This album was great.

They made every track matter,keeping every one unique and interesting while also conveying a message.Be it about drug dependency or the state of modern day America..

Simply put I didn't want this album to end,and I can't recommend it enough.
A few tracks here genuinely rile me up, get me going and excite the hell out of me like the early days of Drive By Truckers. While Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood clearly can still write deeply fascinating tales. And with todays Politics, they have a lot to talk about. Sadly, absolutely none of their passion translates to many electrifying performances. The songs drag, the production is awful, and the Truckers sound pretty tired on what is by far their worst album. 

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Genre: Alt-country
Origin: US

Final Verdict: 58% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly ranking: 51th / 106

Highlight: 21st Century USA

Made me think of:
Neil Young
Ryan Adams
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Added on: November 20, 2019