On their quintuple-platinum 2000 album The Better Life, these Mississippi boys were The Last Southern Rock Band: They played slick, heroic neo-grunge for the Clear Channel era, where all regions melted into one long, Nickelback impression. They’re still clinging to that anthemic plod a decade later, like an eight year-old who can’t bear to throw out a dead hamster. “What I am is what I want/And I’ll be this way ’til I’m dead and gone,” Brad Arnold sings. And in a bygone time of rock-radio hegemony the grandiose guitar sheen of “Every Time You Go” and the beleaguered crunch of “When You’re Young” would be worth another five million copies sold.
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