Ladyhawk, 'Shots' (Jagjaguwar)

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Shots
Critical Mass
Label: Jagjaguwar

by Josh Modell

On its long, cold journey to Ladyhawk's home in southern Canada, Southern rock took comfort in melancholy, stopped in Kentucky to get some tips from My Morning Jacket, and lost most of its swagger. On this Vancouver band's second album, they embrace the beleaguered genre's big guitar bravado, tempering it with boozy balladry (the lovely, simple "[I'll Be Your] Ashtray") and ornery indie rock (the squalling "Night You're Beautiful"). It's a winning rethink, salvaging the best bits of a musical style that's too easily dismissed.

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