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- Posted on Apr 10th 2007 2:00PM by Bill Crandall
'Feb 14,' Drive-By Truckers
From 2006's 'A Blessing and a Curse'
Assuming that Southerners are dumber than the rest of us is the last socially acceptable prejudice among the seemingly socially conscious. The Alabama-born, Georgia-based Drive-By Truckers may not peruse the Decemberists' thesaurus, but they smack you with plenty more horse sense ("If you were supposed to watch your mouth all the time, I doubt your eyes would be above it"), not to mention ol' fashioned grit.
'Feb 14,' like most of the brilliant 'A Blessing and a Curse' record, is a maudlin affair. The desperate "Be my Val-entine" chorus is the only hopeful words Patterson Hood utters in his heartbreakingly creaky vocals. The verses are dedicated to broken vases, dead flowers and sweet-nothings like, "You said, 'I'd rather be alone/Take your chocolates and go home!'"
If you 'Life's Rich Pageant'-loving R.E.M. fans haven't been paying attention, this should be your favorite band ... among the smartest working today.
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