Dirty Side Down
Label: ATO Records (AT0)
Dirty Side Down just might be Widespread Panic's strongest studio effort since Ain't Life Grand, released all the way back in 1994. Well crafted and mindfully constructed, just about every song here has a unique character all its own. One of the very best is "Clinic Cynic," a propulsive country-rocker that cruises down the highway like a 1972 Chevy Vega. "Visiting Day," with its hypnotic harmonies, chug-a-lug strut and stinging licks, is another cool tune. All in all, Dirty Side Down is a total keeper.