Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit: Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit [Album Review]

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Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
Lightning Rod Records [2009]

For his sophomore solo record, Jason Isbell wants to emphasize that this is a band effort, hence the addition of The 400 Unit to his moniker. Unlike the four years it took Isbell to release his more independent effort, Sirens Of The Ditch (2007), Isbell and the 400 Unit wrapped up their second album together in about three weeks. The cohesiveness is immediately apparent in the opening track and first single, “Seven-Mile Island.” The song boasts a rhythmic percussion that gets your feet tapping and immerses you in its bluesy country groove.

This solid, full sound supports each track on the album, as they are tighter, more focused, and more concise than those on Isbell’s debut. There is never any doubt about Isbell’s songwriting prowess, as he showcases his ability on his sophomore solo record. Whether the subject matter is the previous administration, alcohol, relationships, or PTSD, Isbell tells vivid tales and ensures that you pay attention.

Isbell’s knack for writing is what made his songs shine during his time with the Drive-By Truckers, and that same formula works here with the super competent help of the 400 Unit. The result is a great musical journey from beginning to end, solidifying Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit as a force to be reckoned with.

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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony

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