Reviewed: May 2004
Released: 2004, Spitfire Records
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
One of my most anticipated releases of the year. After finding out last fall that this cd would be a bit mellower than the previous few Zakk/BLS discs I was psyched. I really enjoy Zakk’s more acoustic and mellower stuff. It just suits him allot more that the heavier stuff he’s known for.
As soon as it arrived I immediately stuck it on and was almost immediately hooked. From the beginning of “Crazy or High” to the end of “Fear” this is probably Zakk’s best disc to date. I still think his PRIDE & GLORY disc is his personal best but this is a very close second. Maybe after awhile this may become my favourite. Who knows?
Some of the best tracks on the album are “Crazy or High”, “Steppin’ Stone” and the excellent “No Other”. Even though the album is a little more laid back than most of the previous BLS offerings there are a couple of songs that are ultra mellow such as “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” and “Damage Is Done” which both are primarily just Zakk and a piano.
There is a bit of a southern feel to the music in places as well as a bit of an Alice In Chains influence there as well. This is one excellent cd from start to finish. The only weak part on it is his vocals on the Procol Harum classic “Whiter Shade Of Pale”. This is one cd that should be in your collection. It is great for the day after when you just feel like shit and can’t seem to get yourself up to speed. Trust me!!!!
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