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The Almost, ‘Southern Weather’ (Tooth & Nail/ Virgin)

On his side-project debut, drummer Aaron Gillespie works outside the boundaries of his bills-paying gig with Underoath, dropping that band’s emo-tinged Christian metal in favor of slickly produced, radio-ready rock. Throughout Southern Weather, Gillespie wails on the sort of hard-charging anthems that will probably make Switchfoot seethe with jealousy, but he also provides a few surprises, like “Dirty and Left Out,” an acoustic ballad that ends with a rather brazen shout at the big man upstairs.

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