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Ferocious, full-bodied Southern rock

For their fifth album, Black Stone Cherry returned to the Kentucky studio where they made their eponymous 2006 debut. It’s proved revitalising: whether they’re turning out granite-hard riffs (“The Way of the Future”), southern-smoked grooves (“Soul Machine”), or an explosive cover of Edwin Starr’s “War”, the quartet’s gripping purpose and aggression reflect Chris Robertson’s peeved, politicized lyrics. However thunderous the sound gets though, it’s sweetened by potent hooks–and even when the volume drops on aching country-soul ballad “The Rambler”, they still pack a stinging punch.

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