“Controversial” new albums
September was a busy month for Zac Brown, as he released two albums within a week of each other. The first called The Owl, accompanied by his full band, and the latter Brown’s inaugural pop album, known as The Controversy.
Unfortunately, both lacked the same punch that previous Zac Brown Band albums have displayed. That original, southern-homegrown Zac Brown sound, was pushed to the wayside and replaced with bubblegum pop country, which is the way mainstream country music swayed this decade. It is not uncommon for an artist to change direction midway through their career. Nearly every musician does this, in order to not get stagnant with their work. However, was this the right career move for Zac Brown to conform to the “pop” sounding country? Did Zac Brown deserve the criticism for venturing out of his comfort zone?
Rolling Stone recently claimed that Zac Brown’s solo track “Swayze” was the worst single of the year. It’s not outstanding (or mediocre for that matter), but is it that bad? Was the rest of The Controversy truly a worse product than The Owl? Both albums certainly feature several questionable song choices, but are they that bad?
Mark Radlund is joined by Ty of Super Metal World podcast to discuss The Owl, The Controversy, and Zac Brown’s career in general on this week’s On the Rocks. We predict where country music will head in the next decade, as well as give our Mount Rushmore of Zac Brown songs.
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