Since I first hearing the roaring intro to "Bitch" back in 1997, Sevendust has been one of my favorite bands. In the years since their debut, the band has matured greatly... and this is very relevant in the release of "Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live." While this may not be a great CD for a beginning Sevenudst fan, it is a gem to any long time Sevendust fan.
The band pulls off amazing versions of a variety of songs from their four studio albums, including an amazingly haunting version of "Skeleton Song" and an NIN cover of "Hurt" decidated to Johnny Cash. I would attempt to list some of my favorites, but they are all great in my opinion. The band starts out with the typical acoustic type setting, but as the show continues, it is obvious they become much more comfortable with the setting. Lajon encourages the crowd to participate, and even lends the mic to the crowd towards the end of the performance. While some might complain that the bass is too loud, I find it to add perfectly to the heaviness of the hard rock acoustic setting. My only complain is the lack of acoustic versions of songs from 1999's "Home". Although "Rumblish Fish" is included, I think acoustic versions of songs such as "Waffle" and "Licking Cream" would have been great. The lack of those songs certainly wouldn't lower my rating of this disc however, since the selection of songs is great anyway.
All in all, this is a must have for any hardcore Sevendust fan. In my opinion, this is the best acoustic CD since the release of Alice In Chains Unplugged in 1996. If you do get the limited edition with DVD, I certainly recommend watching the DVD first. It makes the pleasure of listing to this amazing disc even more. My only regret is not catching any of these acoustic Sevendust shows last fall!