Jason Isbell, ‘Sirens of the Ditch’ (New West)
Prior to leaving the group earlier this year, Jason Isbell was the best thing to happen to the Drive-By Truckers since Lynyrd Skynyrd. And on his solo debut, the author of incisive Truckers’ tearjerkers “Outfit” and “Danko/Manuel” cranks out harmonized power pop (“Brand New Kind of Actress”), sticky Southern rock (“Try”), a powerful Iraq War lament (“Dress Blues”), and dark yet sprightly country (“The Magician”), all but one aided by his former bandmates. Given time, Isbell could be roots rock’s Flannery O’Connor.
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