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Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live

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  • Last fall, Sevendust did their own acoustic tour in anitcipation for their fourth studio album ‘Seasons.’ If you ever watched the companion DVD to that album, you would remember the band talking about how much they enjoyed the experience and what little surprises came out of the mix. Eight months later, the live show has finally been released. Personally, I have always wanted Sevendust to release a live album, and when I heard they were going to be putting out a all-acoustic/live CD/DVD, I was ecstatic. Sevendust have always worked acoustic parts into their songs, and the concept just makes sense. Needless to say, for the most part, this set satisfies the die-hard Sevendust fan. First of all, the tracklisting is stunning. They definitely chose some of their greatest material to perform here. Obviously tracks like “Angel’s Son” and “Skeleton Song” work flawlessly on here (as they are originally acoustic to begin with), but there are a few little surprises thrown in that end up working very well. “Trust,” which is probably my favorite Sevendust song, opens the album and sounds like a totally new song here. Principal songwriter and the unofficial second vocalist, Clint Lowery, takes the mic for the dramatic “X-Mas Day,” which, in my opinion, is the shining moment of the whole set. The band also does a cover of “Hurt,” which, overall, sounds excellent, but with two flaws: Clint gets the lyrics wrong more than a few times, which is grating because the original is one of my favorite songs, and what’s with the Johnny Cash dedication? Does anyone remember that this song was originally done by Nine Inch Nails? I understand fully why they would want to do a tribute to Cash, but it doesn’t make much sense to use a song he covered instead of one of his originals. Another kink in the set is “Follow” — which originally featured guest vocals by Staind frontman Aaron Lewis. I don’t know if it’s because the guest is missing (also the case with “Beautfiul”) but the song just does not sound as good as it should and comes across very clumsy. But these few points are the only drawbacks to an otherwise stellar package. Not only do Sevendust succeed at transforming their heavier tracks like “Black” and “Rumble Fish,” but they even deliver a flawless studio/acoustic version of “Broken Down.” The DVD is a replica of the concert heard on the CD, and doesn’t have any special features. All in all, this is another solid release from Sevendust. It’s not as mind-blowing as I expected it (and all Sevendust releases) to be, but maybe it’s a case of “you had to be there” to fully get it. Recommended for the hardcore Sevendust fan.

    Posted on February 22, 2010