Zac Brown Band
The Foundation


3.0
good

Review

by Nathan Flynn CONTRIBUTOR (69 Reviews)
December 27th, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Comfort music

When taken at face value, there are two kinds of country music: feel good country and depressing country. Depressing country is rarely heard on top 40 channels because the only thing worse than country music is country music that makes people sad. Sometimes, though, a feel good country song finds its way onto the play lists and everyone suddenly loves the country song. This is the case of Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” and later, “Toes.” The success of these singles made The Foundation a double platinum album and earned them a Best New Artist Grammy despite having zero defining features to their music.

The Foundation is a showcase of evident instrumental talent and bland songwriting. Zac Brown is a gifted guitarist that works the scales as well as anyone and Jimmy De Martini’s violin is showcased on several tracks. They’re supported by drummer Chris Fryar, who brings an interesting jazz influence to the music. The drumming is the only element that sets Zac Brown Band’s sound apart from the rest of the country genre. However, the talent is lost in the dull mush of songs. Brown’s vocals have very little range, which gives his musicians very little room to operate. The result is songs that all sound very similar excepting the singles, which have catchy hooks that people will recognize when heard on the radio. The singles are the highlights of the album because it allows the Band to switch gears.

This album is still enjoyable simply because the feel good country music formula is one that is proven to succeed. Brown, who began performing in his teens, is so well acquainted with the winning formula that he rarely allows himself to venture out of it. The phrase “sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason' comes to mind when describing the songs- they work so well because there isn’t any experimentation. By making a ’safe’ album, Brown stays comfortable by writing songs that he knows are good, and is willing to sacrifice potential for flair. The Foundation is just that: a great starting point with room for growth.

Recommended Tracks: Where the Boat Leaves From, Chicken Fried, Free



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Maniac!
December 27th 2010


26257 Comments


This album has some good songs.


nice review

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 27th 2010


9067 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks homie

Maniac!
December 28th 2010


26257 Comments


Nah. This is a bit better than a lot of the poppy chick-country shit that they play all the time on the radio

i.e. Kellie Pickler, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, etc. etc.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 28th 2010


9067 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll agree that it's better than most pop country but Swift truly is in a league of her own. Her and Carrie Underwood own the genre.

porch
December 28th 2010


8460 Comments


one of the worst things i've ever heard

Maniac!
December 28th 2010


26257 Comments


I'll agree that it's better than most pop country but Swift truly is in a league of her own. Her and Carrie Underwood own the genre.



It's a shitty genre though

Maniac!
December 28th 2010


26257 Comments


one of the worst things i've ever heard



^ somehow I doubt you actually listened to it

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 28th 2010


9067 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What's your definition of rednecktown?

porch
December 28th 2010


8460 Comments


somehow I doubt you actually listened to it


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2_ud_UH7JU

how can someone listen to that and not feel embarrassed on behalf of music itself

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 28th 2010


9067 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Toes isn't that bad and it was clearly written with the intent of it being a crossover hit.
Yeah, Swift isn't from rednecktown, but did grow up on a Christmas tree farm.

BrushedRed
July 8th 2012


1097 Comments


I hate everything about this band. Especially the name. Ew.

evilford
April 30th 2014


22978 Comments


great message: thanks USA troops for dying so I can eat fried chicken



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