Drive-By Truckers

    Brighter Than Creation’s Dark


    Eight albums strong and still ripping jams, Drive-By Truckers’ Brighter Than Creation’s Dark carries on with a legion of southern-rock anthems.


    Nineteen songs long — not unlike past releases, like the epic Southern Rock Opera — Mike Cooley is still mumbling and snarling like Mick Jagger with the same gritty feeling that’s carried Drive-By Truckers close to twelve years along, nailing it on “Three Dimes Down” and “Self Destructive Zones.”


    John Neff’s expert, dreamy pedal steel and Shonna Tucker’s soothing, pitch-perfect harmony — somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Neko Case — make Brighter another solid entry in the band’s catalog.