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Jubilee Dive

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Truth Lies Low
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Hummalong
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Holy Moses
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Unhinged
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Fireflies
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September's High
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You Won't Forget
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You & Me, MF
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When You're Tired
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Shortsighted
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Crudely Drawn
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Make a Book
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Des Moines
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Wonderous Life
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Unhinged (Live)
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Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 72:30

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Amelia Raitt

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Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

04.22.11
The Drams, Jubilee Dive
Label: New West Records

Don't let the record label — or the state of origin — fool you. The Drams may hail from the South, but there's precious little "country" about Jubilee Dive. Gritty and grand, Dive summons the spirited jangle of R.E.M. and the raucous rock of the Replacements more than any twangy balladeers. There's a sweep and a grandeur to the songs, and they're anthemic without being cloying. Frontman Brent Best has a throat full of gravel,… read more »

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Five Chinese Brothers?

HundredsofCDsLater

I don't know, but Brent sounds a lot like the lead of 5 Chinese Brothers. Is he? Lyrics sound a lot like the Brothers too. But the groove is definitely a lot more like the Replacements without the anger.

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Simply great rock

Deadlybrownboy

Raised from the ashes of Slobberbone this great guitar based rock. Definitely no Country. Hope they continue. I wonder what comes next.

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This is the CD I gave to old friends for Christmas

GLKeever

I was a huge fan of Slobberbone, and have become a big fan of the Drams. Best can turn a phrase. . .

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You Have Got to Download This

Hoofprints

This album is a must have. It is labeled as "country" but it really is more of a fusion between country and rock. If you take a little Bruce Springsteen, add some Drive By Truckers, throw in some harmonies and then take the high energy from Slobberbone .. you get the Drams. A really good sound, with solid rockin and smart lyrics. Try three or four songs...they'll grow on you and you'll be back for more.

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These guye know how to write American Music

bluecaddy

Not only is this a great record, but it is an expanded alter ego of Slobberbone. I used to go see them play at the dive bars of Denton, TX and they truly do embody the kind of butt kicking playing and song craftsmanship that most of today's music is missing.

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Rockin

glennleboner

When I heard they were opening of the Drive By Truckers I had to buy the album and it doesn't dissappoint for a second. This is a freakin rock album so I have no idea why its grouped in folk. Check out Unhinged, Des Moines, and Humalong for sure. ENJOY!

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After the end of Slobberbone, singer and lead songwriter Brent Best performed some solo shows and started working on solo material. Despite his last group having disbanded, Best brought his old pals Jess Barr and Tony Harper back into the fold for his new group, the Drams and added a new bassist and keyboardist. And while fans of Slobberbone might yearn for the band to reunite at some point, there is plenty of material here to keep them pleasantly happy. The addition of keyboards and less reliance on guitars makes songs like “Truth Lies Low” open up and fly from start to finish. Think of a polished Wilco without the bizarre but brilliant tangents, and you get the gist of what’s going on with Jubilee Dive. From there the group saunters into a roots rock milieu, with “Hummalong” hinting at summery California pop in the distance before the guitars take over in the vein of Blue Rodeo circa Lost Together. Best is at his best, though, with the tender, slower, and mellower Southern moments during “Holy Moses” that features some great work by keyboardist Chad Stockslager. It sounds like a cross between Black Crowes and Canadian artist Matt Mays, while “Fireflies” has a certain ’60s rock flavor to it with its rather simple melody. A couple of the songs venture into six-minute territory, including the soft, bubbly pop of “You Won’t Forget” that morphs into a haunting, string-laced middle portion before returning to square one and ending with a myriad of horns, guitars, and harmonies. Another highlight is the dark and depressing dirge-like slice of Americana entitled “When You’re Tired,” while “Shortsighted” has a bit of Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” embedded within as Best briefly sings about the trials of being in a band. The lone ordinary songs are “Unhinged” and a formulaic “Crudely Drawn.” But a real highlight is the fantastic and well-crafted “Make a Book” that toes the line between pop and rock perfectly. Closing with the lovable and bittersweet epic “Wondrous Life,” the Drams have made a damn good debut. – Jason MacNeil

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