Southeastern

Jason Isbell - Southeastern
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2013 Ratings: #32 / 955
User Score
Based on 68 ratings
2013 Ratings: #13
June 11, 2013 / Release Date
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12th Street / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

For the first time since his 2007 solo debut, Sirens Of The Ditch, listeners are able to hear an unfiltered representation of this Alabamian prodigy, and the results are so stellar it’s not hyperbole to say that he could be his generation’s answer to Steve Earle.  

90
Paste

It’s the most potent expression to date of Isbell’s talent (including his DBT output) and, hopefully, a harbinger of great things to come.

90
PopMatters

It’s a poignant, reflective, and very often frank portrayal of humanity’s dual impulses authored by someone who has lived several chapters, yet knows the story is constantly being rewritten.

80
AllMusic

It is, quite frankly, Isbell's best solo album thus far.

80
Spin

The music is secondary. Isbell is among the finest lyricists working today, excelling at wordplay in the purest sense of the term, finding the music in language, how it sounds and flows and fits within the surrounding sounds

77
Pitchfork

Southeastern is easily Isbell’s best solo album-- his most richly conceived and generously written.

musicmagpie55
90
Critics tend to label artists like Jason Isbell and Kacey Musgraves as 'inclusive' versions of country, expanding its scope rather than regurgitating the same themes. Isbell's album does this quite well; his songs touch upon themes of addiction and intimacy while never feeling stuck in the assumed sentiments of country music.

I think what this album demonstrates so successfully is a type of country music surprisingly devoid of judgment. Jason Isbell's narrative is dark, one that is infected by ... read more
100
Southeastern shows me why I love Music. Through genius lyrics, gritty country production, and the greatest use of framing I've ever seen Southeastern proves to be a masterpiece of the modern ages.

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Worst: N/A
Hypnoglitz
87
Full of heart. As much as I enjoy Super 8, don't feel like it fits the album well. Elephant destroys me.
NR
This album is a slow burn. Over time it draws you and and become part of your life. There is lyrical depth that is rare and subtle. Southeastern is a masterwork that will stand the test of time.
88
A masterclass of American folk songwriting. Jason Isbell is certainly one of the best of his kind today, and Southeastern is pretty convincing evidence that one day we might see him as one of the all-time greats. It’s easy for artists to say their songs tell stories, but that’s exactly what each of these tracks does, and the stories are just so bittersweet and well-written, brought to life triumphantly with his gorgeous harmonies with Amanda Shires.
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MISC LISTS

#17/Paste (Alt-Country)

Track List

  1. Cover Me Up
  2. Stockholm
  3. Traveling Alone
  4. Elephant
  5. Flying Over Water
  6. Different Days
  7. Live Oak
  8. Songs That She Sang In The Shower
  9. New South Wales
  10. Super 8
  11. Yvette
  12. Relatively Easy
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Added on: May 14, 2013