Jim Greer
September 12, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Boasting an enviable lineage — two sons of Memphis producer Jim Dickinson (Big Star, the Replacements), one son of bluesman R.L. Burnside — North Mississippi Allstars aim to put a new spin on Southern rock. Their third album, Polaris, is a bluesier — and more laid-back — take than that of fellow revivalists Kings of Leon, and when it works, as on the strings-laden ”One to Grow On” (featuring guest vox from Oasis’ Noel Gallagher), ”Polaris” bears serious fruit.

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