The Foundation

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The Foundation

Release date: 11/18/2008

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Track Listings

1. Listen Toes
2. Listen Whatever It Is
3. Listen Where The Boat Leaves From
4. Listen Violin Intro To Free
5. Listen Free
6. Listen Chicken Fried
7. Listen Mary
8. Listen Different Kind Of Fine
9. Listen Highway 20 Ride
10. Listen It's Not OK
11. Listen Jolene
12. Listen Sic 'Em On A Chicken

About the Album

Now that Jimmy Buffett has tried repositioning himself as a country artist by cutting duets with the likes of Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney and Clint Black, it should come as no surprise that the Parrothead influence has begun making its way into Nashville, and the first major-label effort from Zac Brown features not one but two songs ("Toes" and "Where the Boat Leaves From") devoted to the joys of getting buzzed and playing music in some seaside locale with good weather. Seeing how most of the great names of country's formative era rarely if ever sang about vacationing (beyond spending the odd night in a honky-tonk), this is an interesting and somewhat puzzling development, though Brown and his band have embraced a canny range of marketable influences on The Foundation. "Chicken Fried" is a radio-friendly homage to country-as-lifestyle (including chicken fried steak, cold beer and supporting the troops), "It's Not OK" is a less-than-good-natured rant against some panhandler that will warm the hearts of Toby Keith fans, the "lite-funk with fiddle" groove of "Different Kind of Groove" suggests these guys have been listening to a lot of Dave Matthews, and "Highway 20 Ride" and "Free" show the influence of the more sentimental branches of the Texas Singer-Songwriter tradition (through the results are more Pat Green than Robert Earl Keen). Brown has a fine voice and he and his band are solid pickers who've polished these songs to a fine semi-gloss after a few thousand nights on the road, but there's a calculated air of "something for everyone" about The Foundation that doesn't sound eclectic so much as an effort to chase down as many demographics as possible. Brown and his partners are determined to sing something you're going to like, but The Foundation would be a bit more satisfying if more of it came from the heart instead of some sort of strategy session. ~ Mark Deming, All Music Guide
Artist: Zac Brown Band
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.09
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.26 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0007567896948

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 70reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Zac Brown/Foundation Songs are awesome. Usually, CDs have one or two good songs only. This one has maybe one that I was not too impressed with. All the others are great!! 06/09/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great cd!!! A must purchase for "toes" lovers!!!! Was very impressed, usually one song is great and the rest stink, but the whole cd is good!!! 07/18/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by country music cd very pleased with price and product 12/22/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by WONDERFUL!! Me and my husband have been listening to them for over a year and we love them they are great band and very talented! Great music!!! 12/27/2008
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Better than some I got the cd for the song Country Fried, just couldn't get enough of it. A few of the songs on the cd are not that great, but they might grow on me. The rest are pretty good. All in all I was glad I bought it. 11/22/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great CD AWESOME.................... 12/03/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by excellent CD Even though this CD came out a while ago, there are many tracks that you still hear on the radio. I really like this CD alot and am looking forward to their next one.........also was a great price! 08/17/2010
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Not plastic CD case??? Came without plastic CD case??? Ordered on-line? 12/24/2009
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