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Dead Confederate, ‘Wrecking Ball’ (The Artists Organization)

Dead Confederate play exactly the kind of music a band called Dead Confederate should — sluggish, sorrowful, searing, and Southern in virtually all the right ways. The Georgia quintet’s debut may appeal to My Morning Jacket fans, but songs like “Heavy Petting” and “Start Me Laughing”(which recalls Kurt Cobain at his nastiest) possess more growl than that comparison implies. Then there’s the atmospheric, album-defining “The Rat,” which simmers and soars — and somehow makes the phrase “Stupid human, shit for brains” sound not just sensible, but vaguely significant.