Kentucky hellraisers Black Stone Cherry soar a mile high with this fourth full-length. Raucous and honest, this album rocks with their trademark down-home stoner swagger. Unapologetically heavy swamp anthems “Bad Luck & Hard Love” and “Fiesta del Fuego” sound destined for radio play, while vocalist and lead guitarist Chris Robertson shines on the stripped-down “Sometimes” and the smooth “Peace Pipe.” The band even salvages the clichéd country ballad “Hollywood in Kentucky” with a hell of a closing hoedown. Between the oblique odes to Mary Jane and whiskey-soaked romps, Black Stone Cherry continue to be today's torchbearers of southern rock. JEREMY BORJON
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