Photo of Jason Isbell by David McClister

Before it officially arrives next Friday (July 17), Jason Isbell's masterful new album, Something More Than Free, can be heard in full—for free.

It marks the former Drive-By Truckers member's followup to 2013's Southeastern. But perhaps more than in his previous full-length, the Alabama native strikes a brilliant balance of staying true to his roots in the South while also charting his own path.

Listen to the album below (via NPR).