Patterson Hood – Murdering Oscar (and other love songs)

January 01, 1970

(Ruth St.)


Given the fact that most Drive-By Truckers albums have
nearly 20 songs and clock in well over an hour, it seems amazing that
bandleader Patterson Hood could have extra music lying around. But apparently
he does.


Murdering Oscar is
a collection of tunes he wrote over the last 15 years, but never had the chance
to release. Musically, it covers much of the same ground as the Truckers’ last
few albums: fiery Southern rock, Crazy Horse-style stompers and tender
country-influenced ballads. The main difference is in the lyrics. Hood made his
name singing detailed stories about people in the South, from war veterans and
rock stars to small-town sheriffs and regular folk trying to find their way.
Here, he turns the spotlight on himself and his family to equally strong


If not quite up to the level of his best work, Murdering Oscar is another quality album
from a guy who has become one of the best and most consistent songwriters of
his generation.


Standout Tracks: “Murdering Oscar” “Heavy and Hanging” HAL BIENSTOCK



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