The Nashville Sound

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The Nashville Sound
The Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.jpg
Studio album by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Released June 16, 2017
Genre Americana, alternative country
Length 40:17
Label Southeastern
Producer Dave Cobb
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit chronology
Something More Than Free
(2015)Something More Than Free2015
The Nashville Sound
(2017)

The Nashville Sound is the sixth studio album by Jason Isbell, credited with the 400 Unit. It was produced by Dave Cobb, who also produced Isbell's previous two records: 2013's Southeastern and 2015's Something More Than Free and was released on June 16, 2017.[1][2] The Nashville Sound again features Isbell's band The 400 Unit and is the first album since Here We Rest in 2011 to give the band top billing alongside him.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic82/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
American Songwriter4.5/5 stars[5]
The A.V. ClubB+[6]
The Independent4/5 stars[7]
Mojo4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork6.3/10[9]
Record Collector4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[11]
Uncut9/10[12]
ViceA[13]

The album earned Isbell his first CMA Award nomination. It was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2017 ceremony. It won Best Americana Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards and International Album of the Year at the 2018 UK Americana Awards. Additionally, "If We Were Vampires" won the Grammy for Best American Roots Song.[14]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2017
2017
21
Stereogum The 50 Best Albums of 2017
2017
49
Uncut Albums of the Year
2017
72
Exclaim! Top 10 Folk and Country Albums of 2017
2017
4

Commercial performance[edit]

The Nashville Sound debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 with 54,000 album-equivalent units, of which 51,000 were pure album sales.[19] It is Isbell's highest chart placement on that chart, having previously peaked at number six with Something More Than Free (2015).[19] The album has sold 145,900 copies in the US as of August 2018.[20]

The single 'If We Were Vampires' peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Triple A chart[21]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jason Isbell except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Last of My Kind"4:22
2."Cumberland Gap"3:24
3."Tupelo"4:01
4."White Man's World"3:56
5."If We Were Vampires"3:35
6."Anxiety" (writers: Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires)6:57
7."Molotov"3:46
8."Chaos and Clothes"3:34
9."Hope the High Road"3:03
10."Something to Love"3:39

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[22]

The 400 Unit

  • Jason Isbell – lead vocals, harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Derry Deborja – keyboard, Therevox, photography
  • Chad Gamble – drums
  • Jimbo Hart – bass
  • Amanda Shires – harmony vocals, fiddle, photography
  • Sadler Vaden – electric guitar

Production and design

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[23] 30
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[24] 48
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[25] 198
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[26] 24
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[27] 39
Irish Albums (IRMA)[28] 61
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[29] 5
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[30] 20
Scottish Albums (OCC)[31] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 35
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 54
UK Albums (OCC)[34] 26
US Billboard 200[35] 4
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[36] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[37] 1
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[38] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[39] 1

References[edit]

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  30. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 25, 2017". VG-lista. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
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