Animosity

Hard-rock act Sevendust is like the slightly worn pickup truck that keeps going in the midst of the newer, sleeker models just churned out.

Hard-rock act Sevendust is like the slightly worn pickup truck that keeps going in the midst of the newer, sleeker models just churned out. Sevendust's music is not sophisticated or profound by any means, but it gets the job done, even though it sometimes gets stuck in the mud of unremarkable songwriting. This set's most outstanding songs—"Praise," "Xmas Day," and "Angel's Son"—are also the most radio-friendly cuts. (A different version of the latter song appeared on last year's Strait Up tribute album to Lynn Strait, the late singer of Snot.) Despite lead singer Lajon Witherspoon's above-average vocal talent, many of the other songs are forgettable. Animosity will probably please the band's hardcore fans but that could be it.—CH