Zac Brown Band
Atlantic / Warner
Firmly entrenched on the pop side of the country spectrum, the Zac Brown Band’s fifth studio long-player, Uncaged, sees this multi-Grammy winning six-piece, looking to extend their sonic scope. Lashings of reggae and rock permeate the polished, high-sheen country antics they’ve won numerous awards for in the US, which to be honest muddies the waters somewhat – it’s like the record, despite the instrumental virtuosity of the players, doesn’t really know what it wants.
However, if pop/country is your bag, you’ll delight in some of the finest playing (particularly from fiddle player Jimmy de Martini) around, especially on decent country workout ‘The Wind’ – solid record, just a bit confused.
Samuel J. Fell