Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit , and is the band's second release on Lightning Rod Records. For the sake of full disclosure, Jason's previous albums (the solo Siren's of the Ditch, the self-titled one with the 400 Unit (my favorite record of 2009), and all those Trucker's albums) are among my very favorites and I listen to them all frequently. Naturally, I was really looking forward to this new album, but I didn't expect it to hit me like the self-titled album did. I'm glad to report that my expectations were greatly exceeded.
This album has a lot more acoustic feel than the previous albums. Strummed acoustic guitar in "Alabama Pines," the wicked fiddle in "Codeine," and the mandolin chop and brushed drums in "Tour of Duty" all contrast the blistering rock of "Go It Alone" and "Stopping By." Check out "Codeine" and a video of "Alabama Pines" below and be sure to pick up the album. It will likely be the best album you buy this year.
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - Codeine (from Here We Rest) (Buy)