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Haunted Feet [Single]

Zak Smith Audio CD

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1. Under Your Possession
2. Suffer Like A Ghost
3. The Ones That Got Away Will Bury Me
4. The House You Haunt
5. Faith But Waiting

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Zak Smith - Haunted Feet 2010, Zak Smith

On one hand you could argue that there are few original voices in popular music anymore. Everyone is influenced by one or more artists of the past, and with a mere 8 notes it is difficult to do something truly original. Yet it is the blending of styles and sounds that marks originality; not the similarities but the choices of division. In one of these finely honed musical crevices grew the art and creativity of Zak Smith. Other writers have compared Smith to Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen, Kings Of Leon and The Killers. Fair comparisons all, but Smith's proclivities as a songwriter run a bit deeper. Check out Smith's debut EP, Haunted Feet, and you'll understand.

Haunted Feet opens with Under Your Possession, a catchy and affable blues/rock/Americana blend that grows a bit more infectious every time you hear it. Smith's pleasantly raspy voice perhaps doesn't have a great deal of range, but Smith makes the most of what he has, pouring his personality into each vocal performance. Suffer Like A Ghost is a solid pop/rock number full of layered sounds. The unpolished sound here seems more an artistic choice than a liability. The Ones That Got Away Will Bury Me is an intriguing number based on a somewhat morbid concept. Smith sounds like a cross Tom Petty and Marc Cohn here. The House You Haunt features an understated approach and a catchy, compact rock n roll number. Smith's personality oozes out of this song in omnipresent waves. The EP closes with Faith But Waiting, a catchy number with great sonic atmosphere. The keys/guitar mix here is righteous, fleshing out the songs hooks in lifelike fashion.

Zak Smith is the guy you don't see coming. The music on Haunted Feet will seem nice and appealing to you the first time you hear it. You might even be forgiven if you don't back to Smith right away; but the more you listen something interesting happens. Zak Smith sucks you in to his songs slowly, over time. Haunted Feet is a slow burn, but one well worth waiting for.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)
--Wildy's World

Zak Smith EP

Zak Smith has three full albums out prior to this EP release. As Rome Burned (2007), Deep Water (2008) and An Endless Doubt (2008) are all available but I have not had the pleasure to hear them yet. I must say after hearing this new EP that I am intrigued by what Smith has to offer. With EP s that I particularly like I get frustrated because they are too short and in this case that is exactly what happened. The only drawback for the entire listen was that it ended much too soon.

Zak Smith has a very emotional and sincere delivery while singing his songs. His voice is like the raspy whiskey laced blues you would hear on the chitlin circuit but it s not the blues, it rocks with oodles of soul. I don t mean soul music, just plain from the heart soul, the kind of lyrics and voice that touch you in some way because you just know it came from the gut of the person singing the song.

In just five tracks Zak Smith had me convinced that he has what it takes to make his mark on music history if he gets a chance. So many artists that are on this level never get recognized and its up to people like me and hundreds of others involved with putting out reviews on the Internet to help folks become familiar with artists that have what it takes to make an impression. The musicianship was above average as well on these tracks, particularly the guitar, which was snappy and fresh. When it called for it some stinging licks they were well placed to bring more attention to the lyrics. I really enjoyed Zak Smith, just give me some more!

Key Tracks: Under Your Possession, The House You Haunt
Keith MuzikMan Hannaleck-MuzikReviews.com Founder
December 5, 2010
©MuzikReviews.com
--Muzik Reviews

Rating:8/10

This is very well written and executed. The first track doesn't really do it for me, but the rest of them are colourful, nostalgic, and have real soul. Zak Smith remainds me of an act I really love, the Hold Steady. It has the same approach to alternative music, the same motives, and sharp comments about love and lost. Haunted Feet tries to be anthemic and grand, and it succeeds, but it's also a lot of fun. It tells of heartbreaks, but in a lively and excited manner, rather than in desperation.

The Ones That Got Away Will Bury Me is my favourite track I guess, but I also like the last one, Faith But Waiting. It's not really fashionable, actually the opposite of it, but the bar-room rock atmospherics are very enjoyable; a simple formula but very effective. The female vocals are also strong and convincing on this track; lovely duet.
--My Indie Music Blog

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