The Nashville Sound

The Nashville Sound

Music CD - 2017
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Jason Isbell is back with the follow-up to his two-time Grammy Award-winning album Something More Than Free. The first single from his new album, Hope the High Road, made its debut on Entertainment Weekly's website.
Publisher: [United States] : Southeastern Records, ©2017.
Characteristics: 1 compact disc (41 min.) :,CD audio, digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: 400 Unit (Musical group)


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IndyPL_KatieF May 08, 2019

This is one I have listened to on repeat. Incredibly strong songwriting makes it difficult to even narrow down favorites on an album full of gems.

SnoIsleLib_BrianH May 22, 2018

Highlight tracks, Cumberland Gap, If We Were Vampires, and Molotov. A true collaboration between songwriter singer and band. Award winning album but I'd stick to grabbing just a few favorite tracks off of this one.
"The Nashville Sound, Isbell and the 400 Unit’s full-band follow-up, is, in many ways, a step backward. For one thing, he’s thinking about where it hurts again—and he doesn’t have much to say about it. A lumbering seven-minute song called "Anxiety" all but stops the momentum of the record, hammering in a few platitudes about what it’s like to be anxious along with an unimaginative variation on the melody from “Yesterday.” “Anxiety, how do you always get the best of me,” he sings, “I can’t enjoy a goddamn thing.” While Isbell’s best lamentations often placed you alongside him—riding the same roads, nursing the same hangovers—this one asks you to do little more than feel sorry for him. It’s indicative of an album that feels sadly one-note, with some of Isbell’s least distinctive songwriting to date." by Sam Sodomsky
Associate Staff Writer Pitchfork

DPLaprilteenservices Apr 18, 2018

I haven't taken this CD out of my car player for nearly a week, it's a perfect soundtrack for my driving life right now. The tunes are varied enough so each track stands apart. I've been binging Isbell's solo albums as well; Nashville Sound brings his great lyrics and voice together with a full band.

Feb 04, 2018

This album rocks harder than you would expect of something titled The Nashville Sound and certainly more than Isbell's last album (the also excellent Something More Than Free). The beautiful "If We Were Vampires" and catchy "Cumberland Gap" stand out as my favorite songs here, but I like the album a lot as a whole. There aren't any songs I want to skip over. There is currently a waiting list at Hennepin County Library for the CD, but the album is also available to download and keep at a rate of 5 songs per week through the library's Freegal subscription; find Freegal under Online Resources.

Nov 17, 2017

This is another fine release from Jason Isbell, well written and played by him and the 400 unit band. My only complaint about his releases is they all have some really great songs, but as a whole they are not in my estimation completely whole. I really like this performer,as a artist and as a person (I saw him on the Daily show a while back, and he is a real no bullshit kind of guy), and I expect great thing from him,but I'm still waiting for that killer release I know is in him,but he's getting closer.

Aug 16, 2017


This guy is a brilliant songwriter.
This album is, perhaps, not quite as good as 2015's "Something More Than Free". Perhaps he's trying to deal with subjects that are more complex—"White Man's World". The rock numbers don't work, for me, as much as the quieter songs do.
"If We Were Vampires" and "Something to Love", love songs to his wife and daughter, are so beautiful they bring tears to my eyes

Jun 30, 2017


This one's outta the park.
His rockers are not as well done as his quieter tunes. But his lyrics are, i dare say, stronger, more sensitive and poignant than ever,

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