Til the Casket Drops [Enhanced Edition]

Til the Casket Drops [Enhanced Edition]

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by ZZ Ward
     
 

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ZZ Ward grew up in the small town of Roseberg, Oregon listening to the blues albums in her father's collection and her brother's hip-hop records. By the time she was 12, she was fronting her father's blues band and learning how to control an audience. By 16 she was driving to Eugene to sing with hip-hop acts and soon moved on to L.A. in hopes of making it in the music…  See more details below

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ZZ Ward grew up in the small town of Roseberg, Oregon listening to the blues albums in her father's collection and her brother's hip-hop records. By the time she was 12, she was fronting her father's blues band and learning how to control an audience. By 16 she was driving to Eugene to sing with hip-hop acts and soon moved on to L.A. in hopes of making it in the music business. Along the way, she developed a style that's a winning combination of blues, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and pop. Her influences all come together on her debut, a collection that should make her a star if there's any justice in the world. Ward has a wonderfully flexible voice, she can croon like a pop singer, growl like a blues woman, spit attitude like a rocker, and flow like a rapper. There's not a single weak track on her 13-song debut, and several of them sound like hits. Despite its dark title, "Til the Casket Drops" is a profession of undying love that combines a hip-hop verse with a soaring pop chorus. Ward's delivery is marked by the intense passion of jubilant love. "Move Like U Stole It" is a funky rocker with a strong vocal marked by Ward's wordless vocal ornamentations. "Home" is a smoldering R&B ballad with a hint of bossa nova in the rhythm track. "Last Love Song" is a quiet pop tune that mourns the end of a relationship with Ward putting a lifetime of anguish into her understated vocal, and "If I Could Be Her" updates the girl group sound for the 21st century. "Criminal" is Ward's reimagining of the Freddie Gibbs hit "Oil Money." Gibbs liked Ward's version so much that he added a rap to the track to complement her soulful vocal. In case you're wondering, Ward's initials aren't a tribute to ZZ Top or Z.Z. Hill, it's just a shortened version of her given name, Zsuzsanna, also the name of her Mother and Hungarian grandmother. [An Enhanced Version of the disc added a bonus CD-R track.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2013
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0050087291716
catalogNumber:
001867492

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

ZZ Ward   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards
Brian Ray   Guitar
Ryan Tedder   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Timpani
Nick Hennessey   Piano
Theron "Neff U" Feemster   Drums
Thomas Drayton   Bass
Ludwig Goransson   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Richard Parry   Piano,Keyboards
Michael Fitzpatrick   Bass,Piano,Strings,Drums
Chuck Bein   Guitar
Brent Kutzie   Percussion,Piano,Cello,Drums,Viola,Timpani
Brendan Joyce   Bass
Rich Parry   Drums
Jp Keller   Organ,Bass,Guitar
Greg Landfair   Drums
Reid Muchow   Drums
Peter Lee Johnson   Violin
Maceo Haymes   Guitar,Vocals
Carter Lang   Bass

Technical Credits

Mio Vukovic   Executive Producer
Joe Zook   Engineer
Lincoln Wheeler   Marketing
James Murray   Engineer
Enny Joo   Art Direction
Kevin Augunas   Sonics,Vocal Engineer
Rob Kleiner   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Ryan Tedder   Producer
Julian Bunetta   Composer
Theron "Neff U" Feemster   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Ludwig Goransson   Programming,Producer
Gary Greenberg   Legal Advisor
Richard Parry   Programming
B. Freeman   Composer
Fredrick Tipton   Composer
Michael Fitzpatrick   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Blended Babies   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Jesse Lee   Creative Consultant
Derek "MixedByAli" Ali   Engineer
Brent Kutzie   Producer
Jared Rich   Engineer
ZZ Ward   Composer,Executive Producer
Rich Parry   Programming
Jp Keller   Programming
Evan "Kidd" Bogart   Composer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Engineer
Robert Horn   Engineer
Gavin Paddock   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Greg Landfair   Programming
Matthew Greenberg   Legal Advisor
Maceo Haymes   Composer

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Til the Casket Drops 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This album is wonderful!  
DeborahVA More than 1 year ago
I love this CD. Her voice is amazing. The songs are original and compelling. The arrangements are fresh and engaging. And there is serious heart to be heard. Listen to it all the time. Hoping for a follow up soon. Comparisons to Rikki Lee Jones are warranted.