Clark Collis
April 14, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Blessing and a Curse

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
New West
genre
Rock

We gave it an A-

Twenty years into their partnership, Drive-By Truckers mainstays Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley are aging like fine wine — although they’re unlikely to leave alcohol unopened that long. In fact, the twangy, tipsy ”Gravity’s Gone” and Hood’s the-morning-after riff-out ”Aftermath USA” are highlights of a A Blessing and a Curse, a CD that finds the Southern rockers turning from the social concerns of 2004’s Dirty South to the more personal with career-best results. Then again, how Hood’s infant daughter will feel about inspiring the whores-and-guns-referencing ”A World of Hurt” remains to be seen.

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