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  • If you are familiar with Zakk’s work with Ozzy and Black Label Society, this album may come as a surprise. Zakk Wylde is a dynamite metal guitarist, but here he proves he can do softer, laid-back stuff just the same. The music is very calm most of the time, with a slight country vibe. Zakk’s vocals are excellent, and his guitar playing is great as well. “Throwin It All Away”, “I Thank You Child”, and “Road Back Home” are all great songs. Just about every song here is good though. Some of them are nothing to get excited about, but it’s a pretty good listen all the way through. However, I kind of had a misconception about this album upon buying it. I previously thought that it was all acoustic, but it isn’t. There is some electric thrown in, mainly for lead parts, and I have no idea why. There is only one acoustic solo on here, which kind of disappointed me. Monte Montgomery (unbelievable guitarist from Austin, TX) does similar stuff to this, but he plays all acoustic. I mean, taps, leads, it’s all acoustic, and it’s just amazing. I was hoping this would be more like that, but oh well. You can’t have it all.If you’re a fan of Zakk’s work, I think you’ll like this, even though it’s considerably softer than his other stuff (“1,000,000 Miles Away” is the only thing even close to hard rock here). If you like this, also check out “Mirror”, by Monte Montgomery.

    Posted on March 6, 2010