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Just had a Twitter pm from Winston Wolf who would like to take the 10th and final spot in the club. The idea originated from a conversation I had with WW a couple of weeks ago on Twitter, so I hope you're all ok with our extra member.

 

Think it's only fair that you all continue to pick your albums in the same order we'd agreed earlier, so it's now Paul still selecting 8th, Winston 9th and me still last to choose in 10th.

 

Hopefully we can see a few more reviews posted over the coming days, before it's Moof's turn to pick the next record for review, probs Monday or Tuesday next week.

 

So, the list of members, in order :

 

Shooter

Moof

Skids

Boss

General Dryness

Howie

Chevettehs

Stig

Paul

Winston

and me.

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Just had a Twitter pm from Winston Wolf who would like to take the 10th and final spot in the club. The idea originated from a conversation I had with WW a couple of weeks ago on Twitter, so I hope you're all ok with our extra member.

 

Think it's only fair that you all continue to pick your albums in the same order we'd agreed earlier, so it's now Paul still selecting 8th, Winston 9th and me still last to choose in 10th.

 

Hopefully we can see a few more reviews posted over the coming days, before it's Moof's turn to pick the next record for review, probs Monday or Tuesday next week.

 

So, the list of members, in order :

 

Shooter

Moof

Skids

Boss

General Dryness

Howie

Chevettehs

Stig

Paul

Winston

and me.

 

 

I don't want to be a member, I would just like to listen to the occasional album.  Can I?  Can I?

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I don't want to be a member, I would just like to listen to the occasional album.  Can I?  Can I?

Sorry Stringy, missed your post, but would love it if you would take part and post your reviews too. Same goes for everyone, everybody is welcome here. All about sharing, exploring, and trying out new stuff.

 

Just leave the strap ons and the gimp masks at home.

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Sorry Stringy, missed your post, but would love it if you would take part and post your reviews too. Same goes for everyone, everybody is welcome here. All about sharing, exploring, and trying out new stuff.

 

Just leave the strap ons and the gimp masks at home.

 

 

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Firstly, I went into this record completely blind; never heard of the band, and to be perfectly honest I’m not the biggest fan of the genre. So I didn’t really know what to expect.

 

Having said that, I genuinely enjoyed much of it. The first track invites you to ‘Jump Right In’, and starts off with some satisfying vocal harmonies (definitely a theme throughout the record). An uplifting track, punctuated with a great chorus and soaring vocals from a very polished singer.

 

The title track ‘Uncaged’ might be my favourite on the album. Cool riff and interesting time signature changes, some handy lead guitar playing and more soaring vocals, also noted the use of the Hammond organ. Very nice. Right down my street, that one.

 

‘The wind’ had me tapping my feet and nodding my head. Fun track with some duelling guitars and fiddle.

 

The album sags a bit in the middle section, for me. ‘Island Song’ was slightly jarring, and Sweet Annie had plenty of soothing vocal harmonies, the vocals are a real strong point for this band, but the song didn’t grab me. ‘Natural Disaster’ similarly, sounded promising, and it had it’s moments, but ultimately I didn’t feel as if the song went anywhere - especially in the context of the album, which was starting to feel a bit one-paced.

 

‘Overnight’ was a welcome change in tone; soulful, funky and the trombone was an inspired addition to the sound. Enjoyed this track, it was a galvanising influence on me, because I was starting to drift away.

 

‘Lance’s Song’ was emotional and poignant, the singer again doing a fantastic job.

 

‘Day That I Die’ didn’t progress the way I would’ve liked, but I still found it to be an enjoyable song

 

‘Last But Not Least’ was shaping up to be a slightly boring closer, but the pace increased, the instrumentation took a bit of a harder edge and the singer really unleashed his voice (which he could’ve done a bit earlier, tbh) but overall I was fairly satisfied with what I’d just heard.

 

Considering it’s in a genre where I generally have a limited interest, I was surprised at how much I liked the record.

 

Thanks, shooter. Will listen to this again. Tentative rating would be in the region of 7.5/10

 

 

Think this could have legs, Shep. I’ll pop up my suggestion early next week.

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Firstly, I went into this record completely blind; never heard of the band, and to be perfectly honest I’m not the biggest fan of the genre. So I didn’t really know what to expect.

 

Having said that, I genuinely enjoyed much of it. The first track invites you to ‘Jump Right In’, and starts off with some satisfying vocal harmonies (definitely a theme throughout the record). An uplifting track, punctuated with a great chorus and soaring vocals from a very polished singer.

 

The title track ‘Uncaged’ might be my favourite on the album. Cool riff and interesting time signature changes, some handy lead guitar playing and more soaring vocals, also noted the use of the Hammond organ. Very nice. Right down my street, that one.

 

‘The wind’ had me tapping my feet and nodding my head. Fun track with some duelling guitars and fiddle.

 

The album sags a bit in the middle section, for me. ‘Island Song’ was slightly jarring, and Sweet Annie had plenty of soothing vocal harmonies, the vocals are a real strong point for this band, but the song didn’t grab me. ‘Natural Disaster’ similarly, sounded promising, and it had it’s moments, but ultimately I didn’t feel as if the song went anywhere - especially in the context of the album, which was starting to feel a bit one-paced.

 

‘Overnight’ was a welcome change in tone; soulful, funky and the trombone was an inspired addition to the sound. Enjoyed this track, it was a galvanising influence on me, because I was starting to drift away.

 

‘Lance’s Song’ was emotional and poignant, the singer again doing a fantastic job.

 

‘Day That I Die’ didn’t progress the way I would’ve liked, but I still found it to be an enjoyable song

 

‘Last But Not Least’ was shaping up to be a slightly boring closer, but the pace increased, the instrumentation took a bit of a harder edge and the singer really unleashed his voice (which he could’ve done a bit earlier, tbh) but overall I was fairly satisfied with what I’d just heard.

 

Considering it’s in a genre where I generally have a limited interest, I was surprised at how much I liked the record.

 

Thanks, shooter. Will listen to this again. Tentative rating would be in the region of 7.5/10

 

 

Think this could have legs, Shep. I’ll pop up my suggestion early next week.

Great review, looking forward to the album selection next week.

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I might miss out on reviewing Shooters pick as I'm currently without a computer at home due to a burglary. Hopefully the insurance will sort me a new laptop by sometime next week. Cheers.

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I might miss out on reviewing Shooters pick as I'm currently without a computer at home due to a burglary. Hopefully the insurance will sort me a new laptop by sometime next week. Cheers.

 

 

Really mate? you lot ok? 

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I might miss out on reviewing Shooters pick as I'm currently without a computer at home due to a burglary. Hopefully the insurance will sort me a new laptop by sometime next week. Cheers.

Hey mate, not a problem. As long as you guys are ok. Cunts.

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Yeah sound mate cheers. The cunts were in and out. Laptop, tv, toolbox, few other odds and sods and gone.

 

All insured, it's just a ballache.

 

 

Lying bastard 

 

 

"Sorry love can't put up this shelf, i don't like country music. You seen my porn stash anywhere?" 

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Right here goes.

 

Zac Brown Band - Uncaged 

 

I'll be honest, Country music is the genre I tend to turn my nose up at every time someones asks me to give it a go. And my first mutterings when Shooter put this up as the first listen was "For fuck's sake!"

 

This album has not changed my opinions and feelings on country music in general (there are the odd country song which I do like, so it's not all shite)

 

With saying that though, I do want to show some appreciation to the musicianship on this album as there is some real top level playing on here. 

 

Jump Right In - I think it was Stig that said this reminded him of that bell whiff who thinks he can be POTUS (saying that though he can't be any worse than that fop haired fat orange cunt) I just don't see the comparison at all. It reminds me of a Disney film soundtrack. It's upbeat, it's happy, it's a tune that will make a lot off people around the world feel good, not me though. The band are tight as a duck's arse though. 

 

Uncaged - Well didn't this make feel like it was something like Motherless Children from 461 Ocean Boulevard by Clapton, boss build up at the start. When Zac starts singing it sort changes the whole dynamics of the song and catch me by surprise, This is much better than the first track as I can hear a lot of hidden heaviness in there, that keeps in line with the intro. Band are immense again, This is a bit too cheesy at times for me, which is a shame as I potentially could give this a decent score. 

 

Goodbye In Her Eyes - Sorry but this reminds me of me Ma having CMT on years ago, and the likes of Garth Brooks videos of pondering looks etc. It's a nice song, with some excellent vocal melody and harmonies. The nice acoustic guitar playing with a bit of the fiddle as well. 

 

The Wind - Proper hillbilly start. I had to skip it every time it came on. I just can't help picturing gingham, stetsons, cowboy boots and line dancing and load of smiley Texan racists. I did manage to get through it once, and again the skills of the musicians is top quality. But my hatred for the genre is really impacting my enjoyment of this so far. 

 

Island Song - Reggae in a country song, what could be wrong with that? Well it's not UB40 and I always feel uncomfortable listening to white people try and carry off Reggae with aplomb. While Zac isn't the worst by any stretch, I am still not feeling this at all. 

 

Sweet Annie - I think I know what is pissing me off here, it's Zac's lyrics. The same with most country lyrics, they do my head in. However putting that to one side it's a well constructed tune (like them all on this album to be fair) he's got some very talented people in his band. 

 

Natural Disaster - Lyrics again. "Lips like Candy" oh do fuck off Zac. This has a good vibe and energy to it. Some boss fiddle playing too. And again the vocal harmonies are boss. 

 

Overnight (feat. Trombone Shorty) - I've caved this is one I like the best off the album, reminds me of some George Benson from when I was a kid. y Mum would stick some George on from time to time, so this in parts reminds vocally a slower version of "Give Me The Night". It has a horn section and has a slow and sexy feel (ignoring the shit lyrical content "Aint no time for talking, show me what you got. We gonna get this bed a rocking, it aint gonna stop") Overall though I can put the lyrics to one side and really enjoy this one.

 

Lance's Song - Guitar strumming/picking sounds a bit like late 70's early 80's Loudon Wainwright III and carries on throughout the song. It's another nice song and his lyrics don't grind my gears as much on this one. We seem to be on some sort of roll here. 

 

Day That I Die (feat. Amos Lee) - This has the continued feel of the album, doesn't grab me and excite me but again I am appreciative of it's craftsmanship. I also think that the vocals of Brown and Lee work very well together on this. 

 

Last But Not Least - Proper country feel to this one. I just can't get the feeling for this at all. It's a bit of a chore to listen to. 

 

Overall, I don't really feel this album. It felt a chore to listen to it all. While the musicianship is of a real top quality and Brown can certainly put together really well structured tunes. However I can't get in to the country vocal style at all. It's not just him, it's the majority of all male country singers. They all sound the same, which is a shame as I would like to see Brown push his vocals in a different direction as I personally feel some of the songs lose an edge from the intro (Uncaged being the main example) 

 

I am going to give this a 7/10 for the brilliant musicians, Brown's song construction and that I made it through a full listen of a country album more than once. 

 

I did like the artwork for the album as well. 

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Right here goes.

 

Zac Brown Band - Uncaged 

 

I'll be honest, Country music is the genre I tend to turn my nose up at every time someones asks me to give it a go. And my first mutterings when Shooter put this up as the first listen was "For fuck's sake!"

 

This album has not changed my opinions and feelings on country music in general (there are the odd country song which I do like, so it's not all shite)

 

With saying that though, I do want to show some appreciation to the musicianship on this album as there is some real top level playing on here. 

 

Jump Right In - I think it was Stig that said this reminded him of that bell whiff who thinks he can be POTUS (saying that though he can't be any worse than that fop haired fat orange cunt) I just don't see the comparison at all. It reminds me of a Disney film soundtrack. It's upbeat, it's happy, it's a tune that will make a lot off people around the world feel good, not me though. The band are tight as a duck's arse though. 

 

Uncaged - Well didn't this make feel like it was something like Motherless Children from 461 Ocean Boulevard by Clapton, boss build up at the start. When Zac starts singing it sort changes the whole dynamics of the song and catch me by surprise, This is much better than the first track as I can hear a lot of hidden heaviness in there, that keeps in line with the intro. Band are immense again, This is a bit too cheesy at times for me, which is a shame as I potentially could give this a decent score. 

 

Goodbye In Her Eyes - Sorry but this reminds me of me Ma having CMT on years ago, and the likes of Garth Brooks videos of pondering looks etc. It's a nice song, with some excellent vocal melody and harmonies. The nice acoustic guitar playing with a bit of the fiddle as well. 

 

The Wind - Proper hillbilly start. I had to skip it every time it came on. I just can't help picturing gingham, stetsons, cowboy boots and line dancing and load of smiley Texan racists. I did manage to get through it once, and again the skills of the musicians is top quality. But my hatred for the genre is really impacting my enjoyment of this so far. 

 

Island Song - Reggae in a country song, what could be wrong with that? Well it's not UB40 and I always feel uncomfortable listening to white people try and carry off Reggae with aplomb. While Zac isn't the worst by any stretch, I am still not feeling this at all. 

 

Sweet Annie - I think I know what is pissing me off here, it's Zac's lyrics. The same with most country lyrics, they do my head in. However putting that to one side it's a well constructed tune (like them all on this album to be fair) he's got some very talented people in his band. 

 

Natural Disaster - Lyrics again. "Lips like Candy" oh do fuck off Zac. This has a good vibe and energy to it. Some boss fiddle playing too. And again the vocal harmonies are boss. 

 

Overnight (feat. Trombone Shorty) - I've caved this is one I like the best off the album, reminds me of some George Benson from when I was a kid. y Mum would stick some George on from time to time, so this in parts reminds vocally a slower version of "Give Me The Night". It has a horn section and has a slow and sexy feel (ignoring the shit lyrical content "Aint no time for talking, show me what you got. We gonna get this bed a rocking, it aint gonna stop") Overall though I can put the lyrics to one side and really enjoy this one.

 

Lance's Song - Guitar strumming/picking sounds a bit like late 70's early 80's Loudon Wainwright III and carries on throughout the song. It's another nice song and his lyrics don't grind my gears as much on this one. We seem to be on some sort of roll here. 

 

Day That I Die (feat. Amos Lee) - This has the continued feel of the album, doesn't grab me and excite me but again I am appreciative of it's craftsmanship. I also think that the vocals of Brown and Lee work very well together on this. 

 

Last But Not Least - Proper country feel to this one. I just can't get the feeling for this at all. It's a bit of a chore to listen to. 

 

Overall, I don't really feel this album. It felt a chore to listen to it all. While the musicianship is of a real top quality and Brown can certainly put together really well structured tunes. However I can't get in to the country vocal style at all. It's not just him, it's the majority of all male country singers. They all sound the same, which is a shame as I would like to see Brown push his vocals in a different direction as I personally feel some of the songs lose an edge from the intro (Uncaged being the main example) 

 

I am going to give this a 7/10 for the brilliant musicians, Brown's song construction and that I made it through a full listen of a country album more than once. 

 

I did like the artwork for the album as well. 

That's a great review, really well balanced and honest especially as you're not a fan of the genre. Like you say for the ability to make the music they have some talent with their instruments, for that to shine through is reflected in your review.

 

Good stuff!!

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Right then, The Zac Brown Band is it?

I listened to this the other night whilst talking to Shep. To be fair, I'd had a few and we ended up talking about Guitars and decided he was the reincarnation of jimi Hendrix.

I'll listen to it again tonight and post my review. Am I still in time?

Just a question, which has no doubt been answered in earlier posts, but does this have to be a contemporary album, or can it be an old one, or anything we want to put up for review?

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Right then, The Zac Brown Band is it?

I listened to this the other night whilst talking to Shep. To be fair, I'd had a few and we ended up talking about Guitars and decided he was the reincarnation of jimi Hendrix.

I'll listen to it again tonight and post my review. Am I still in time?

Just a question, which has no doubt been answered in earlier posts, but does this have to be a contemporary album, or can it be an old one, or anything we want to put up for review?

Literally any album. Old, new, topical, perdonal, something you love or hate, something completely random even. Completely up to you mate.

 

Ideally all 9 of us would have our reviews up by Tuesday, before Moofy posts his new selection, but that's just my preference mate. People can post a review a year from now if they so wish, doesn't even need to be by one of The Club. Everyone's welcome to contribute.

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Shall I pop this up later, or give it another 24 hrs or so to allow more people the opportunity to get their reviews of the ZBB in first?

 

You’re all in for a treat, anyway. I’m going in deep on this one.

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