A Blessing and a Curse

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A Blessing and a Curse
Studio album by Drive-By Truckers
Released April 18, 2006 (2006-04-18)
Genre Alternative country, Southern rock, Alternative rock
Length 46:54
Label New West
Drive-By Truckers chronology
The Dirty South
(2004)
A Blessing and a Curse
(2006)
Brighter Than Creation's Dark
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.0/10.0)[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[4]

A Blessing and a Curse is the sixth studio album by Drive-By Truckers, released in 2006. It peaked at #50 on the Billboard 200, which was the highest charting for the band until 2008's follow up, Brighter Than Creation's Dark, which hit #37. Ironically A Blessing and a Curse is regarded as their most controversial and polarizing album by both the band and fans.[5] This is the last album to feature Jason Isbell on guitar as he left the band in spring of 2007. A Blessing and a Curse is a departure from Drive-By Truckers' previous sound, exhibiting less of a 'southern-rock' chemistry and taking on a more classic rock edge than any of their previous records. Approximately half of the songs were recorded within hours of them being written. A Blessing And A Curse and its predecessor, The Dirty South, are the only two albums by Drive-By Truckers that have the same exact band line-up (other than The Big To-Do and Go-Go Boots, which were both recorded during the same sessions).

Guitarist Patterson Hood has explained that A Blessing and A Curse was made at a rather difficult point in the band's history. He explains that the band was "trying to find common ground at a time when it was a little hard to come by."[5] Hood also says in his online commentary of the album that he prefers the second side of the album over the first. "A World of Hurt" is Hood's second favorite song he has written (his favorite being Gangstabilly's "The Living Bubba").[5] The title of Barr Weissman's documentary of the Drive-By Truckers, "The Secret To A Happy Ending," is taken from a line from "A World of Hurt."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Feb 14"   Hood 3:40
2. "Gravity's Gone"   Cooley 3:33
3. "Easy on Yourself"   Isbell 3:28
4. "Aftermath USA"   Hood 3:16
5. "Goodbye"   Hood 6:11
6. "Daylight"   Isbell 3:35
7. "Wednesday"   Hood 4:04
8. "Little Bonnie"   Hood 3:56
9. "Space City"   Cooley 4:48
10. "A Blessing and a Curse"   Hood 5:31
11. "A World of Hurt"   Hood 4:51

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Provider(s) Peak
position
Certification Sales/
shipments
Billboard 200 (U.S.)[6] Billboard 50 Not certified N/A
Billboard Top Independent Albums (U.S.)[6] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ Hoard, Christian (26 June 2006). "Drive-By Truckers: A Blessing And A Curse : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 18 October 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Slant Magazine review
  5. ^ a b c "Record list at Official Site". Retrieved 21 Feb 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Drive-By Truckers Artist Chart History at Billboard