Even devoted DBT fans may find the Alabama/Athens rockers' eighth album frustrating, or long-winded at the very least. It's 19 mostly acoustic, down-tempo songs spread over 75 dour, occasionally thrilling, minutes. Their trademark hard 'n' heavy chargers are largely confined to "The Righteous Path," "Self Destructive Zones" and "That Man I Shot," the humor to "Bob" and "3 Dimes Down." Domestic ills get their due on "Daddy Needs a Drink," as does touring monotony in "The Opening Act," and addictions run amok in "You and Your Crystal Meth." Everybody smiling yet? Didn't think so. New guitarist John Neff, whose ghostly... More >>>
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