Jason Isbell “Nashville Sound” reviews round up

The reviews have started to come in for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s new album “The Nashville Sound” which is out today.  Rolling Stone has given it 3 and a half stars out of 5, describing it as “an album that ultimately hews closely to the laid-back roots-country palette Isbell has honed over his past several albums with producer Dave Cobb.”  The Daily Mail takes 5 minutes off calling Jeremy Corbyn a terrorist sympathiser to describe it as “not as consistently transcendent as the last two [but] that’s a high bar – and nothing here will harm Isbell’s soaring reputation.”  

Uncut describes the album as seeing “Isbell swaggering confidently along the rockier edge of his range–as usual–he’s at his best on the reflective ballads” while The Independent say: “There’s nothing particularly Nashville about Jason Isbell’s new album–no cowboy hats or keening steel guitars–but it does possess, in spades, the kind of blue-collar concerns that have traditionally furnished country music’s backbone.”  Mojo score it 8 out of 10 and say: “His strength is his honesty. He couches his anxieties in simple but poetic language as his band find the sweet spot between country and rock.”

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Jonathan Aird

Jason Isbell was the guest on Bob Harris Country yesterday (15/6/17) – well worth checking out on the BBCs Listen Again.