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Dixie Witch

Let It Roll (Small Stone)

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., Dec. 23, 2011

Texas Platters

Dixie Witch

Let It Roll (Small Stone)

Nuthin' Fancy shrugged Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1975, titling its third LP, which opens by emptying all six rounds of "Saturday Night Special." Metallic Southern rock locals Dixie Witch aren't packing quite suh a classic on fourth album Let It Roll other than Detroit indie Small Stone (also home to Tia Carrera) still sponsoring these rock & rollers going back nearly a decade. As such, not one round is wasted here, all 10 songs in 36 minutes clustered around the heart on the shooting range target. Muscle-car riffs, choruses, and production-exhaust rumble and kick from the opening title cut, with "The High Deal" soon thereafter evoking a "wishing well" that might pass as a distant cousin of Free morphed into Bad Company – only harder. "Red Song" and "Second Chance," both blue-collar bruisers assuming confident midtempos, funnel into chopping closer "December." Open 'er up, Let It Roll.

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