The Drams, Jubilee Dive

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Don't let the record label — or the state of origin — fool you. The Drams may hail from the South, but there's precious little "country" about Jubilee Dive. Gritty and grand, Dive summons the spirited jangle of R.E.M. and the raucous rock of the Replacements more than any twangy balladeers. There's a sweep and a grandeur to the songs, and they're anthemic without being cloying. Frontman Brent Best has a throat full of gravel, able to toughen up ballads like "September's High" and to sell glammy rockers like "Make a Book". Jubilee Dive is one of the year's happiest surprises, a record full of spirit and spark.