Today is something of a holiday for Americana music lovers! Jason Isbell's long awaited new album, "Something More Than Free" released today. I'm listening as we speak, and it does not disappoint.
One song, "24 Frames" had been released for early listening weeks ago, so I already knew we were in for a treat. It's pretty typical Isbell...thought-provoking lyrics about real life, the working man and trying to make the best of the life you're given while all the while knowing there should be more. His writing just gets better and better. The arrangements are simple for the most part. Wife Amanda Shires can be heard on many of the songs, on violin and vocals.
Every song is good. On first listen, I think "Children of Children," "Speed Trap Town" and "To A Band That I Loved" are my favorites. But, as the last song ends, I'm hitting repeat for another go 'round. Will most likely do that a couple more times before this day is done. There aren't too many things better than listening to such great music for the first time. Happy day!
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What do you think of the new album?