The Storm

The Storm

by ZZ Ward

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Overview

The Storm

Five years separate The Storm from ZZ Ward's 2012 debut Til the Casket Drops, but the modern blues-rocker wasn't idle during that half-decade. She toured extensively, opening for legends and appearing in the middle of the bill on festivals, but more importantly, she never strayed far from the studio, attempting to cut new material as early as 2015. An EP called Love and War materialized that year, intended as a teaser for a 2016 record called This Means War that never happened. Instead, she returned to the studio and came up with The Storm, a record that nimbly walks the line dividing modern and retro rock-soul. As a singer, she's firmly grounded in tradition, a big, powerful belter in the vein of Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin. She also has a fondness for traditional song structures, whether it's a 12-bar rave ("Let It Burn") or classic soul ("Hold On"), but The Storm never feels like it's a throwback, thanks to Ward's insistence on camouflaging her fascination with yesteryear in modern dress. While Ward never quite indulges in a full-bore hip-hop/blues fusion, The Storm is littered with fluid rhythmic loops and her delivery can be as fleet as a rapper. Ward supplements these lively modern R&B numbers with nods toward diva pop ("The Storm"), melancholy folk ("If U Stayed"), and stomping Black Keys rock ("Ride," featuring guitar from Gary Clark, Jr. and also featured in Cars 3), all of which are impressive even if they do carry a faint air of hedging her bets; she's leaving doors open to other styles if the modern R&B doesn't work out. Nevertheless, this versatility is as impressive as Ward's bold performances and sharp songwriting, all elements that make The Storm effective, colorful, and contemporary.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2017
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0050087348137
catalogNumber: 002424202
Rank: 8873

Album Credits

Performance Credits

ZZ Ward   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica
Thomas Drayton   Bass
Ludwig Goransson   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Erick Walls   Guitar
Michael Fitzpatrick   Keyboards
Theron Feemster   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Rich Parry   Percussion
Evan "Kidd" Bogart   Background Vocals
Jonathan Keller   Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Bianca McClure   Violin
Zaire Koalo   Background Vocals
Trevor Brown   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Oak Felder   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kyle Mann   Engineer
Bobby Holland   Engineer
Dave Bassett   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mio Vukovic   Executive Producer
Frank Maddocks   Art Direction
Warren "Oak" Felder   Composer
Priscilla Renea   Composer
Ludwig Goransson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Michael Fitzpatrick   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Blended Babies   Producer
Theron Feemster   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Paul Redel   Engineer
Jabari Tawiah   Engineer
ZZ Ward   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Vocal Engineer,Composer
Rich Parry   Engineer,drum programming
Evan "Kidd" Bogart   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Gavin Paddock   Engineer
Xavier Dphrepaulezz   Composer
Jonathan Keller   Engineer,drum programming
Zaire Koalo   Composer,Producer
Trevor Brown   Composer,Producer
Oak Felder   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Tyler Beans   Engineer

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