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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Reunions - Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
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The most notable difference here from my previous experience with him was the decidedly more rock angle some of the songs take on. With the lead guitars on "What have I done to help" and "Overseas" there's a bluesier feel than might overwise have appeared on a folkier and sometimes americana-esque album. Indeed, on "Letting you go", "St. Peter's Autograph", and "Dreamsicle" you might get the impression that a White Stripes-era Jack White had a hand in writing the guitar lines.
But this shouldn't be taken to mean the album is schizophrenic. If anything, Reunions plays like the soundtrack to one man's journey through a part of America that is often only seen through the political charicature of Presidential Elections. Isbell puts a human face on the closed factory like only the great songwriters can't. But unlike the usual "we've got it hard out here" missives from the heartland, Isbell being a native son means that he never questions his own authenticity, and weaves in his own personal lyrics, making many of these tracks feel like a novel new story in the midst of a famliar polemic.