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Good CD, but nothing new here, which isn't necessarily a bad thing!
on July 10, 2012
I pre-ordered this weeks ago, having absolutely loved everything these guys have put out. I received this in the mail today and have listened to it two times, and while it is another solid CD, there is nothing really new here. The disc opens with one of my favorite songs from the CD, "Jump Right In", an uptempo, catchy fun song that continues on with the ZBB "island music" songs, making you want to leave work early and head for the water. The title song, "Uncaged" follows, another uptempo song that displays the the bands musical skills. Track three is sort of a trite ballad, "Goodbye In Her Eyes", that has been done a million times, and while the song is OK, it is weak if you compare it to their other goodbye songs like "Highway 20 Ride" & "Colder Weather". The lead single, "Where The Wind Blows, is another catchy up tempo song that has the boys in fine form with soaring fiddles, mandolin and organ throughout the song. "Next up is "Island Song", a pure reggae song, similar to "Where The Boat Leaves From" from their debut CD "The Foundation", but just not as good in my opinion. Next up is "Sweet Annie", a lament to a girlfriend/wife for always having to be on the road and a thank you to her for allowing him to "live out his fantasy" and "not giving up on him". No new theme here, but Zac does a great job on the lead vocal in this one and the harmonies are perfect, recalling the harmonies from "Colder Weather". Next up is "Natural Disaster", another uptempo song, similar to "Mary" off The Foundation. Their most adventurous song on the CD is a sexy 70's sounding bedroom romp called "Overnight", complete with horns. While it isn't a bad song, it seems a bit our of place here. The last three songs find ZBB doing what they do best...the mid tempo, life lesson songs about slowing down and enjoying the ride..."Lance's Song", "Day That I Die" & the closer, "Last But Not Least" are all solid songs and close the album perfectly. In closing, it is very safe to say that if you loved their first two studio CD's, you will like and possibly love this CD. For me, however, each of their subsequent CD's has regressed, just a little bit. With that said, this is still some very good music.