Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Drive-By Truckers: "It's Great To Be Alive!" (album review)

Drive-By Truckers are an incredible band on record.  Having seen them in a live setting three times now I can say I've come away underwhelmed.

That doesn't bode well for the 35-song career-spanning live epic It's Great To Be Alive!.

The album, originally released as 5 LPs, was recorded during the band's three night stand at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

In terms of set list, there's really something here for all of the band's fans.  The tunes are drawn from across the group's catalogue and hits pretty much all of the notes that one would want or hope to hear.

The album's fatal flaw is the sound.  The vocals are murky and buried.  The arrangements are cluttered and far far too loose.  Together they render much of the record simply unlistenable.

I want so badly for DBT to be a great live band.  All the elements are right there.  However, my personal experience is that, for some reason, they just aren't.  It's Great To Be Alive! only serves to reinforce that opinion.


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