Album review: Zac Brown Band, Uncaged (No Reserve/Atlantic)


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With three Grammy Awards and multi-platinum American sales, the Zac Brown Band are the coming thing in outlaw country music. 

The title-track grabs its organ and guitar groove and runs it into the ground with the slippery panache of The Allman Brothers Band – and a more Eagles-style take on maudlin, close-harmony country-pop, exemplified by “Goodbye In Her Eyes”. In between, there’s nimble bluegrass picking on the chipper two-step “The Wind” Less welcome are Caribbean incursions like the tourist-reggae drivel that is “Island Song”.

Download: Uncaged; Goodbye In Her Eyes; The Wind