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Monday, May 19, 2008

Album Of The Day-Gideon Smith & The Dixie Damned-"South Side Of The Moon" (2008)

The Album Of The Day is "South Side Of The Moon" by Gideon Smith & The Dixie Damned.


We all dream of musical genrefucking. Whether we're seeking the ultimate combination of the three S's in stoner rock (that would be the Stooges, Sabbath and Skynyrd, and no, I don't know anyone who's gotten the balance right yet) or that elusive hybrid of hip-hop and Japanese folk music, every diehard has his or her little fantasy. Gideon Smith and his rotating cast of Dixie Damned fulfill some wishes with his third album South Side of the Moon. Though based in North Carolina, Smith likes to record in Detroit, and here he has a grand ol� time knocking together the heads of Southern rock and Motor City power rock until there's blood up to his ankles. Guitars swirl, taunting and teasing with power chords and liquid leads, mostly rattling amp tubes but sometimes eschewing demon electricity; the rhythm section follows the feedback 'n' fuzz-soaked leads. Smith's got a big, burly bear of a voicebox, full of roughhewn heart. He often sounds like he's about to leap over the top, but always holds back, creating a smoldering vocal presence full of brooding manliness and nekkid power. He gives big rockers like "Black Cat Road," "Devil's Night" and "Blacklight Wizard Poster" the requisite conviction (and a good thing, too, as his lyrics don't bear much scrutiny), but he really shines on lysergic balladry like "Lay Me Down in Ecstasy," "Daughter of the Moon" and "Shimmering Rain." South Side of the Moon won't stand up to intellectual appreciation, but that's not what Gideon Smith is about anyway. It's all about feel, baby, and this feels goooood. (Michael Toland, SonicRuin.com)


Track Listing:

01. Indian Larry
02. Blacklight Wizard Poster
03. Save A Dollar For The Dead
04. Daughter Of The Moon
05. Black Cat Road
06. Feather's Shadow
07. My Darling Black Rose
08. Magic Queen
09. Shimmering Rain
10. Lay Me Down In Ecstasy
11. Devil's Night
12. Way Of The Outlaw
13. The Wolf Will Survive



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