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Going to see them in May, is there an acknowledged standout album that they're sure to mine at the gig?
but its pretty old so they only played a few when I saw them, they really focus on the newest albums they release
Was actually listening to that one yesterday. It has some AMAZING songs on it. However, as with Jaguar's suggestion, they don't play much from it these days, from the looks of their recent setlists.
Brighter Than Creation's Dark is a really, really fucking solid album, and begins with some really devastatingly beautiful stuff. Here's the first track:
House of Freaks were so great; I was lucky to see them in 1994. What happened was so horrific.
...the new one ("English Oceans") as it's sure to make up the majority of the setlist. Band membership has a changed a bit in the last couple of years so there's a slight change of sound that I'm sure will be reflected in the gigs. I'm still getting into the album so difficult to say how it ranks against others but I'm liking it so far.
Other than that, I'd go with "Brighter Than Creation's Dark" as per ThisTemporaryLife - it's a solid body of work with some great songs and I think the best intro to the band.
I think "Southern Rock Opera" is their classic but you'll see arguments for "Decoration Day" plus the "Dirty South" is never far away either. I think all their albums since "...Rock Opera" have something to recommend them; there's usually a couple of classic tracks on each...
I've ordered Dirty South and Brighter Than Creation's Dark. Not sure how much I like the band yet so I'll check those out before getting the new one.
is excellent. You won't be disappointed.