By Mikael Wood
Updated May 20, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Like most ? of their ?jam-band brethren, these Georgia veterans view songwriting as a necessary evil — a vehicle for the jazzy Southern-rock solos that are Widespread Panic’s raison d’être. The band’s first effort for Dave Matthews’ ATO label, Dirty Side Down, is marginally more tuneful than usual; the title track sounds like low-flying Black Crowes. But the emphasis here is still on instrumental interplay: great for gearheads, a bit sleepy for everyone else. C+

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