Zac Brown Band has become one of Country Music’s most successful and beloved groups. Through some of their hits like “Chicken Fried”, “Homegrown” and “Colder Weather”, we have seen the diversity and depth that the band has both musically and lyrically. In Zach Brown Band’s latest album, Jekyll + Hyde, you hear a band that is staying true to their country roots, all while experimenting in a rock & roll type of feel.
The first track is titled “Beautiful Drug” and it really sets the tone for the rest of the album. In the first few seconds you hear the country banjo sounds, later on through the song you hear strong lyrics and a heavy rock tone. It combines both genres and is a great layout for what to expect from the rest of the album.
In the next two songs, “Loving You Easy” and “Remedy”, you hear a more familiar Zach Brown Band. These two songs are feel good anthems that will have you singing and swaying along! The next song up is “Homegrown”. I think that this song is the most fitting song to describe who the Zach Brown Band is. “I got everything I need, and nothing that I don’t. Homegrown…”
In the next two tracks, Zach Brown Band decided to invite some of their friends to sing along with them! In “Mango Tree” Sara Bareilles joins them in this upbeat jazz song. As we move onto the next song, the tone of the album takes a different turn. “Heavy Is the Head” is a duet between Zach Brown Band and Chris Cornell. This very heavy rock song features strong lyrics and showcases a side of Zac Brown’s vocals that you don’t frequently hear.
On songs like “Bittersweet”, “Tomorrow Never Comes”, and “One Day” you see the softer side of Zach Brown Band. These songs are smooth and have that classic Zach Brown Band sound. Perhaps the most emotionally driven song on this album is the beautiful ballad “Dress Blues”. This song pays tribute to our military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It is a haunting song that will be sure to bring a tear to your eye and fill your heart with pride for our service men and woman.
Other songs on the album include “Young and Wild”, “Wildfire”, and “I’ll Be Your Man (Song For a Daughter), which is a beautiful song that displays the growing relationship between a father and his daughter. Perhaps one of the most genre defining songs on this album is “Junkyard”. Zach Brown Band shows that they truly can do anything, and in this hard rock anthem you see that Zac Brown can sing just about anything and be incredible.
This album is certainly different than anything that the Zach Brown Band has released previously, but it has a little bit of everything that is sure to appeal to their fans! Throughout the years we have seen Zac Brown explore different musical elements. This album shows that good music extends beyond fitting into a specific genre or mold.