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Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit


Latest release from the former Drive-By Trucker man with the 400 Unit, produced by Dave Cobb (The Highwomen, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson)

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  1. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    With Reunions, Isbell unites the disparate aspects of his craft — soothing acoustic and fiercely electric; Hemingway's word economy dashed with Oscar Wilde-worthy asides, relatable details and otherworldly allusions
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    The fact these songs seem so telling in a strange and difficult time has a bit to do with coincidence, but more important is the excellence of Isbell's songwriting
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  3. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Jason Isbell is a man of many demons, and each of those are noticeable throughout the album, but he tries to engage with them in a healthy way
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  4. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Often resembles a face-to-face chat with the songwriter as he dispels wisdom earned from a life in music, questions born from a life on the road and love that blossomed from family
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  5. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Seven albums on, Isbell’s achieved a rarified status, one that indulges a need for creativity as well as contemplation. Reunions reminds us that it’s the rare artist that succeeds at both
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  6. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    A body of work that often feels indispensable. Isbell is a songwriter’s songwriter, but the songs that result are for all of us
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  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A typically assured piece of work. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    With its acute portraits of a troubled and tangled life, Reunions is ultimately a story of redemption through fatherhood and self knowledge, epic country-soul opener What've I Done To Help setting the mood perfectly. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Lyrically, Isbell is at the top of his game

  10. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Jason Isbell both subverts and embraces country and rock tropes on Reunions, his new album with the 400 Unit
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  11. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    With a blend of fact and fiction, Isbell has created his own Nebraska and secured his place among the greats of country-rock
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  12. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    The alt-country singer-songwriter’s new album moves steadily and carefully, lingering on the conflicted emotions of his finely-etched tales and the band’s textured, elegant understatement
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  13. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    If there’s any pressure behind a new album with the 400 Unit, Isbell meets it with his usual gift for turning phrases and finding melodies
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  14. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The singer-songwriter’s latest is his most crisply produced and lyrically haunted work yet
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  15. 6.0 |   Q

    He's still more traditionalist than outlier, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Print edition only

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