Drive-By Truckers

We’ll be the first to admit that the Drive-By Truckers’ last proper full-length (and first since the departure of songwriter Jason Isbell), Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, left a lot to be desired. However, The Big To-Do is proof that the band have their Southern-fried mojo back. Spanning everything from the hard rocking opener “Daddy Learned to Fly” to the slide-guitar-driven “Santa Fe,” the album showcases the diversity of Patterson Hood & Co., while the melodic showstopper “Birthday Boy” confirms that Mike Cooley is the band’s secret weapon. The Big To-Do only falters on the sappy Shonna Tucker–sung ballad “You Got Another,” which is a sonic non sequitur on an otherwise excellent effort.

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