DRIVE BY TRUCKERS ‘The Unraveling’


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For anyone who thought 2016’s American Band would be the most explicitly political record of the Drive-By Truckers career, the quintet has nine new songs that’ll likely convince you otherwise. In 2016, the longtime road warriors found new life with its election year treatise, which saw the band more revved up than they had been in more than a decade, delivering screeds about unsexy topics like the violent history of the confederate flag and the white supremacist roots of the NRA.

Four years later, the band doubles down on its Alabama progressivism with The Unraveling, an album whose subjects (the border crisis, mass shootings, the opioid epidemic) are so plainly stated that it can make the hyper-charged American Band feel subtle. Unfiltered fury suits the Truckers well. Well past the point of mere righteous anger, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, the band’s twin songwriters and lead singers, are at their best on The Unraveling when they’re articulating their own crude outrage.