'Til the Medicine Takes

by: Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic finally makes a studio recording worthy of its legendary live reputation, with Til The Medicine Takes. Only one song clocks in over five minutes, as Panic tones down the noodling and tears into well-structured songs. "Blue Indian" and "Nobody's Loss" show Panic's debt to the hippie-updated folk of the Grateful Dead, and "All Time Low" sounds like a lost '60s classic rock staple. JoJo Hermann's keyboards highlight much of the album, especially "One Arm Steve," but the allure of Til The Medicine Takes, much like a Panic concert, is the communal vibe that everyone has contributed to a successful experience, including the listener. ~ Mark Morgenstein

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