Brighter Than Cre­ation’s Dark

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JOE BREEN

New West Hard to be­lieve that Brighter Than Cre­ation’s Dark is the Truck­ers’ sev­enth stu­dio album – they’re ob­vi­ously here for the long haul. Shorn of young blood and all­round hot­shot Ja­son Is­bell, who left last year to fol­low a solo ca­reer, they were ex­pected to strug­gle. But the new album is a thump­ing af­fir­ma­tion of their worth and com­mit­ment, al­beit one car­ry­ing a lit­tle bal­last to help them over the 19-track line. It is mu­sic of rugged and rasp­ing coun­try-rock (with the vol­ume turned up on the lat­ter), drip­ping with sea­soned south­ern at­ti­tude and an abil­ity to crank out cli­mac­tic gui­tar so­los seem­ingly at will. How­ever, there are weak mo­ments; a more ju­di­cious and dis­ci­plined hand would have helped this long album im­mea­sur­ably by re­duc­ing it to 12 or 13 tracks. www.driveby truck­ Down­load tracks: 3 Dimes Down, Daddy Needs a Drink, You and Your Crys­tal Meth

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