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Jason Isbell Band • Page 12

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by Craig Manning, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. DaydreamNation

    can't hardly wait Supporter

    Reunions is maybe my second favorite of his at this point as well which means third controversial take
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  2. DaydreamNation

    can't hardly wait Supporter

    "To a Band" is not his finest for sure but I think it's totally adequate
  3. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    I kind of wish “Children of Children” was the closer, but that might be an unpopular opinion.
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  4. Brother Beck Jul 17, 2020
    (Last edited: Jul 17, 2020)
    Brother Beck

    Trusted Supporter

    "To A Band That I Loved" is a pretty good song just in and of itself, but as a closer to an album of the caliber of Something More Than Free it falls a little bit short.

    "Children of Children" would have made for a phenomenal closer, and the album going out on a song that strong would have been awesome.

    I think I initially felt like SMTF was a little bit of a step down from Southeastern in large part because I was a little let down by both the opening song and the closing song. I always felt like the arrangement for "If It Takes A Lifetime" was a little hokey, but I've come around on that song in a big way lately.

    * Edited to add that I got cut off and didn't get to finish my thought - I don't think it is a step down anymore at all. I don't know that I would call it a better album, but it is certainly equal and a more than worthy follow-up. I don't think it was even fair to think that the opener for the next album would be able to go toe-to-toe with "Cover Me Up".
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  5. zmtr

    SO STEP RIGHT OUT Supporter

    Hudson Commodore is god tier Isbell for me
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  6. abw123


    Here's a maybe hot take for you. I like Reunions, but it's probably his 4th best album to me. Southeastern is obviously #1, I would put Nashville Sound as clearly #2, and probably Something More Than Free #3 just ahead of Reunions.
  7. SVXDan83


    There's no shame in albums only having 10 tracks. Many of my favorite records have that many, or less. I think you'd have a much stronger 2nd half if you cut "To A Band That I Loved", moved "Speed Trap Town" to after "Hudson Commodore" and then closed with "Children of Children". Then you'd have a stellar run of 3 songs (Speed Trap Town --> Palmetto Rose --> Children of Children) consecutively to close the record out!
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  8. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    My only issue with this is that I just love the run of "The Life You Chose">"Something More Than Free">"Speed Trap Town"

    I'm not sure where else I'd put "Hudson Commodore" though.
  9. SVXDan83


    Yeah that's a tough one! I like HC enough that I wouldn't argue cutting it! It's almost like you need 1 more strong track to put on it to re-balance everything because suddenly the 2nd side starts getting back-loaded!
  10. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Yeah, I don't dislike it really...just one of the rare cases where his storytelling feels more Wikipedia to me than something deeply nuanced or lifelike.
  11. SVXDan83


    Yeah, and I mean, let's face it... anything that followed Southeastern was bound to have weak spots in comparison! I think he does a great job now of handpicking the right material from the album to keep around in the live set where it seems to play better