Released: 2004, Spitfire
I’ve never been a huge fan of Zakk. Admire? Yes. Respect? Yes. Enjoy? Mostly.
That whole dumb redneck attitude and image turns me off and I find he wastes his natural talent playing down to his audience. His solo career has been decent but his interviews, antics and personal history often have overshadowed what he could be doing better.
Accordingly when it was announced I didn’t have much hope for this disc of mellower tracks. I had always wanted him to play faster, meaner and well...metal-er! So, it was quite odd that I am quite impressed and taken with this disc. Lots of people have been saying he ‘s really great and maybe I just haven’t heard it yet. This disc opened my eyes. The songs are strong, the playing is elegant and understated, which, again, oddly enough is the opposite of what I have wanted him to do.
It’s a strange world we live in when his mellowest work to date is my favorite by him. A reexamination of his other work is certainly in order. This is a very good rock album and by no means does he wimp out. Understated packaging, production, delivery this time Zakk pulled the brakes and in my mind actually did show his (ahem) soft and sensitive side. That doesn’t mean suck, but a very mature display of his talent. Now if he could only deliver the balls-out shred album we all need, Zakk could truly cement his position among the upper echelon of guitar gods.