The ZBB have added a 7th member (a percussionist whose name escapes me) for their upcoming new studio release. I think this disc, when released on July 10, will push further away from country music & more into the Rock N Roll genre of music. I look forward to any mucical adventure the ZBB can send me on.
Sure. What I found offensive was their album cover. They've portrayed the Blessed Mother in a sacrilegious manner. I guess my only question is what compelled them to do that? I see nothing but a sad evil there. May God have mercy on them, and all who fail to reject such an offensive image.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace! The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Hey Icecube- no, unfortunately, I would not be able to given the mocking nature of its cover. Why they couldn't they make fun of anteaters or smartcars, but a religious figure that is important to billions of people in the world is beyond me. God bless.
Thanks for the sincere post. I wish I could agree that the cover wasn't offensive, but I cannot. If you look here, http://www.brandonmaldonado.com/gallery/index.shtml , you'll see it isn't the first or only religious reference the 'artist' has done. It's clearly a reference to the Blessed Mother. Also, the image itself shows her wearing what's clearly a Rosary, and crowned (as Catholics believe her to be Queen of Heaven and Earth ), and holding what I presume to be, but cannot be certain, is a Holy Bible. Why is it okay in the mainstream to degrade Christianity?
Icecube, I can tell you're too juvenile for this discussion, as your last post showed; but hey- we're on an Amazon discussion board right? Not exactly too many steps above Craigslist boards. So I was expecting people here who like drinking the kewl aid.
However I wanted to say thanks for the last link you provided in the post previously, ad it confirmed my suspicion.
Listen sir, you don't know me and obviously you don't know art. how about looking at this.
Art is interpretive. if that's what you get from it that is your right. i personally don't think what you are expressing is what he(the artist himself) meant to convey. And i don't think Zac Brown who is prominent in country music.... a genre expressive in religious belief....would put a cover on an album degrading Christianity. so maybe do a little research homey before preachin. and i've never been on Craig's list. I also guess you don't own any Rolling Stone records....they've had some scary covers on their records. if that's the case, you're missin some great tunes.
I know God is with me. May he be with you as well.
And I don't think Zac Brown who is prominent in country music.... a genre expressive in religious belief....would put a cover on an album degrading Christianity. Thank you, Icecube for that statement...I had that in mind when I expressed my opinion that I feel the album cover is not degrading to Christianity. I don't think the ZBB wants to commit career suicide! Remember the Dixie Chicks? They couldn't even have the opinion that they didn't like GW Bush without being banned from country music stations nationwide. Luckily for the DCs & the ZBB their music has crossed over into other musical genres. I think the ZBB by the end of the decade are going to be right up there with the Dave Matthews Band & Pearl Jam as must see concerts!
Art may be interpretive, but its also objective. Objectively, and confirmed by the artist's other works (i.e. having a skeleton bishop and altar boy on his main gallery page), the image on this album will be offensive to those who hold would the Virgin Mary as a prominent religious figure in Christianity. Perhaps protestants may not find it as offensive, and they may be the people who you refer to when you say that you don't think that a band prominent in Country music wouldn't do a 'suicidal' move like this. So, no, I can't see Protestants putting up too much of a fuss over this, however I don't really care about them, and my argument had nothing to do with the art cover as a business move.
The fact remains- this is a degrading image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is offensive to billions of people who espouse the Catholic Faith. That you don't find it offensive, doesn't change this fact. That you think they will be a great live band to see, also doesn't change this fact. It is a filthy cover, and uncalled for.
really? they sold 234,000 copies last week of which a high majority i'm sure we're Christians. don't tell me they are offended but buying the album anyway. Billions of people are offended? how would u know that.?you slay me dude. Get off your high horse. you need a reality check.i'm looking all over the internet and idon't see one quote about this guy's art....let alone this one picture..as being offensive. you're a fanatic. get help.
Anyone who advises another to be "less emotional" tends to be uninvolved with the subject matter or has no real passion about anything themselves. Yeah all this mumbo jumbo BS about art being subjective and objective is fine for verbal wanking but if any discussion/debate/rant expose someone's feelings about said topic then so be it. Offend or mistakenly cite someone for being in error due an opinion or feeling and you get what you get. Telling them in essence to "relax" seemingly tries to diminish or dismiss such an expression which indeed is enough to raise another's ire.
I don't know what Zac Brown had in mind when choosing this cover art but an immediate assumption it defiles the "blessed virgin mary" is just about as an emotional reaction as can be found. Its a dumb looking cover but it didn't hit me even for a nano-second as being an insult to Christians, fervent, zealot or just committed to the faith. YOU need to relax and stop talking Richard E Attar---and don't buy such albums in the future! LOL
JW- I'll respond to the pertinent areas of your post, namely the second paragraph. To view a recognition of something that defiles one's religious beliefs as some how being an emotional reaction is, frankly, irrational. It would equte to seeing someone say that burning the American flag is wrong and telling them, "you're overreacting". Secondly, I agree with you- it's a dumb looking cover. I might point out that you, prehaps, failed to percieve the album cover as anything other than "dumb looking", and not insulting, because you are, I assume, not Catholic. Which is probably the same for the other two fellows.
So to you, and to others, I will clarify again that my whole contention has not been whether or not the image is offensive 'to you', but whether or not the image was offensive- period.
But I will try to relax more- thank you for the advice. It is sometimes hard to disconnect emotions with what one might hold so very dear to them, but it is possible. Lastly- I assure you I would not buy such albums depicting such depraved images on them.
A lot of folks who call themselves Christians apparently do not think that blaspheming the mother of God is offensive. I find it very offensive. I will not be wasting any of my money on ZBB merchandise.