Uncaged

Uncaged

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by Zac Brown Band
     
 

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In a sense, it's possible to measure the progress of the Zac Brown Band by the magnitude of their guest stars. In 2010, they consolidated the breakthrough of 2008's Foundation by enlisting Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson for duets -- elders whose very presence suggested they were passing a torch (although, to be sure, Buffett has aSee more details below

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In a sense, it's possible to measure the progress of the Zac Brown Band by the magnitude of their guest stars. In 2010, they consolidated the breakthrough of 2008's Foundation by enlisting Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson for duets -- elders whose very presence suggested they were passing a torch (although, to be sure, Buffett has a far greater pull on Brown's sound than Jackson). Two years later, it is the Zac Brown Band who occupy the power position, drafting in peers, not idols, to play alongside. And it is a diverse batch: twee, twiddly Jason Mraz co-writes the sprightly opening cut, "Jump Right In," with Zac, Trombone Shorty colors "Overnight" with some New Orleans funk, and upcoming folk/blues troubadour Amos Lee sings on "Day That I Die," each guest representing a different field for the ZBB, each suggesting the range of this ever-evolving nominal country band. And at this point, the Zac Brown Band would fit the grander stages of such worldly, knowing vaguely hippie enclaves as Bonnaroo better than they would a rocking country outlet somewhere in the Deep South. But Southern they are, in sensibility and sound, reflecting not the dusty beer joints and cutthroat honky tonks of the middle of the 20th century but the sports bars and sandy beaches of the present, the kinds of places where the kin of the Allmans feel as Southern as the descendants of George Jones...and where a bearded soft rock crooner like Zac Brown is happy to make evident his debt to James Taylor. Brown's sweeter side isn't hidden here but it's not quite as prominent as it's been in the past, either. He has plenty of soft, crooning melodies but there's a bit of bluegrass and a bit of reggae, a little blues and a lot of rock. Above anything else, Uncaged is a Zac Brown Band album, one that emphasizes the range of this quintet and its elastic interplay. It is the sound of a band operating from a position of considerable strength: they're confident, assured, even playful, having fun bending the rules and blurring boundaries, eager to please but never pandering. It's the rare album that suggests how good the band would be in concert yet still sounds vibrant on record.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2012
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678766886
catalogNumber:
530382
Rank:
5003

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zac Brown Band   Primary Artist
Zac Brown   Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Daniel de los Reyes   Percussion,Group Member
Clay Cook   Guitar,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,fender rhodes,Group Member
Matt Mangano   Bass
Amos Lee   Vocals
Coy Bowles   Guitar,Hammond Organ,Guitar (Resonator),Group Member
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews   Trombone,Trumpet
Jimmy de Martini   Violin,Vocals,Group Member
John Driskell Hopkins   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Tim McFatter   Tenor Saxophone
Dan Oestreicher   Baritone Saxophone
Chris Fryar   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

John Kelton   Engineer
Steve Lowery   Engineer
Mac McAnally   Composer
Keith Stegall   Producer
Kevin Leahy   Art Direction
Elizabeth Lutz   Public Relations
Sonia Leigh   Composer
Matt Mangano   Engineer
Gregg Nadel   Marketing
Jason Mraz   Composer
Matt Rovey   Engineer
Zac Brown   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Jack Miele   Engineer
Brandon Clark   Layout
Coy Bowles   Composer
M. Brady Clark   Layout
Chris Allen   Engineer
Wyatt Durrette   Composer
Jimmy de Martini   Composer
John Driskell Hopkins   Composer,Engineer
Levi Lowrey   Composer
Nic Cowan   Composer
Jennie Smythe   Marketing
Rebecca Shapiro   Public Relations
Michael Mason   Art Direction
Kyle Landas   Layout
John Pierce   Composer
Jason Lawyer   Layout
Brandon Maldonado   Paintings,Cover Art

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