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Songs We Love: Jason Isbell, '24 Frames'

Songs We Love: Jason Isbell, '24 Frames'

0224 Frames

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    24 Frames
    Album
    Something More Than Free
    Artist
    Jason Isbell
    Label
    Southeastern Records
    Released
    2015

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Jason Isbell's new album, Something More Than Free, comes out July 17. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Isbell's new album, Something More Than Free, comes out July 17.

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Are you ready to connect with those you love? And are you ready to realize that in order to stay connected, you have to put in serious effort and commitment? Then Jason Isbell has just the song for you.

In the tightly woven "24 Frames," the first single from Isbell's new album Something More Than Free (out July 17), the subtle harmonies of vocalist/violinist Amanda Shires perfectly accent Isbell's harsh and heartbreaking twang — and, at the same time, offer a delicate foil to the strident electric guitar.

Isbell's songwriting seems more deliberate than ever: It's clear he took his time and crafted "24 Frames" with a tremendous amount of care. There's not an errant word or punctuation mark to be found. A couple months ago, Isbell tweeted, "I think these songs are better than the Southeastern batch" — which is saying a lot, given how widely loved that album has become. If we're to judge by "24 Frames," he might be right.

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Album
Something More Than Free
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Jason Isbell
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2015

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