Zac Brown Band – Uncaged (2012) [HDTracks 24-96]

Zac Brown Band – Uncaged (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:14 minutes | 971 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital Booklet | © Southern Ground/Atlantic

Two-time GRAMMY Award winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music’s most creative acts. With a historic nine consecutive #1 hit singles, the band has released their highly anticipated third album, Uncaged. Highlighted by their unmatched chemistry, the work features guest appearances by Amos Lee and Trombone Shorty, as well as songs written and co-written by the likes of Jason Mraz, Nic Cowan and Sonia Leigh. The compelling album filled with sophisticated vocal harmonies includes the stunning tracks, “Goodbye In Her Eyes,” “The Wind” and “Sweet Annie.” Pushing their own standard of musicianship, the album is an undeniable masterpiece.

In a sense, it’s possible to measure the progress of the Zac Brown Band by the magnitude of their guest stars. In 2010, they consolidated the breakthrough of 2008’s Foundation by enlisting Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson for duets — elders whose very presence suggested they were passing a torch (although, to be sure, Buffett has a far greater pull on Brown’s sound than Jackson). Two years later, it is the Zac Brown Band who occupy the power position, drafting in peers, not idols, to play alongside. And it is a diverse batch: twee, twiddly Jason Mraz co-writes the sprightly opening cut, “Jump Right In,” with Zac, Trombone Shorty colors “Overnight” with some New Orleans funk, and upcoming folk/blues troubadour Amos Lee sings on “Day That I Die,” each guest representing a different field for the ZBB, each suggesting the range of this ever-evolving nominal country band. And at this point, the Zac Brown Band would fit the grander stages of such worldly, knowing vaguely hippie enclaves as Bonnaroo better than they would a rocking country outlet somewhere in the Deep South. But Southern they are, in sensibility and sound, reflecting not the dusty beer joints and cutthroat honky tonks of the middle of the 20th century but the sports bars and sandy beaches of the present, the kinds of places where the kin of the Allmans feel as Southern as the descendants of George Jones…and where a bearded soft rock crooner like Zac Brown is happy to make evident his debt to James Taylor. Brown’s sweeter side isn’t hidden here but it’s not quite as prominent as it’s been in the past, either. He has plenty of soft, crooning melodies but there’s a bit of bluegrass and a bit of reggae, a little blues and a lot of rock. Above anything else, Uncaged is a Zac Brown Band album, one that emphasizes the range of this quintet and its elastic interplay. It is the sound of a band operating from a position of considerable strength: they’re confident, assured, even playful, having fun bending the rules and blurring boundaries, eager to please but never pandering. It’s the rare album that suggests how good the band would be in concert yet still sounds vibrant on record.

01 – Jump Right In
02 – Uncaged
03 – Goodbye In Her Eyes
04 – The Wind
05 – Island Song
06 – Sweet Annie
07 – Natural Disaster
08 – Overnight (feat. Trombone Shorty)
09 – Lance’s Song
10 – Day That I Die (feat. Amos Lee)
11 – Last But Not Least