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Hangover Music, Vol. 6

Zakk Wylde & Black Label Society

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Album Review

Alice in Chains' shadow has grown longer as post-grunge settles into homogeny. Every outfit from Godsmack to Soil claims them as an influence; Staind's Aaron Lewis even wrote "Layne" in tribute to the band's departed frontman. Zakk Wylde throws his own goatee into that ring with Black Label Society's Hangover Music, Vol. 6, a largely acoustic album that recalls both Jar of Flies and Wylde's own Book of Shadows. He handles vocals, piano, and acoustic duties himself, also contributing the occasional display of electric guitar wizardry just to remind listeners of where he came from. Ozzy's influence looms at least as large as Alice in Chains — he and his family are thanked prominently in the liner notes, and material like the ballad "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" sounds like it could have been written for him. (Wylde also offers his own tribute to Staley, also called "Layne.") Hangover Music's restraint is admirable, considering Wylde's fretboard prowess; in fact, the album's pretty damn mellow. "Won't Find It Here" cops the melody from U2's "One," while standouts "Crazy or High" and "Queen of Sorrow" feature wails from Wylde's electric over Southern rock-influenced acoustic licks and a rhythm section that includes Crowbar drummer Craig Nunenmacher. "Takillya (Estyabon)" is a brief burst of acoustic fretboard magic, and the piano-led "Woman Don't Cry" finds Wylde shelving his normally tortured moan in favor of a heartfelt croon comparable to Axl Rose on G N' R Lies. It makes the track one of the album's highlights, since Wylde's vocals on the majority of Hangover Music suggest he's a much better guitar player than he is a singer. Still, fans eager for fiery guitar work will enjoy "House of Doom," which joins the lighter "No Other" as the most obvious Alice in Chains tributes (barring "Layne," of course). Hangover Music, Vol. 6 also includes an earnest, solo piano version of the Procol Harum classic rock radio fave "Whiter Shade of Pale."

Customer Reviews

A breath of fresh air in the Black Label catalog.

As a lifelong Zakk Wylde fan, I have grown to long for the Pride and Glory days. That was when Zakk's singing was phenomenal and mood and tone could change from one song to the next. After losing this CD along the way, I have repurchased it and am once again impressed by the emotion of this album and nuance of Zakk's voice. It's by no means P&G, but it's unlike any other BLS album.

a few gems inside

i heard one of the songs on radio a few times and decided to get the album, smart move, this album really grew on me. not sure what the apple sanctioned album reviewer is on about, i think zakk does a great job in the vocals in most if not all the songs, however, the lead guitar is where most of the magic lies, not especially original or inventive but no less emotional bang for buck. check out the solo from "wont find it here".
think alice in chains meets pink floyd meets fields of the nephilim. you know who you are if that's your style...

Pure talent!

A smooth album with a few new favorites! "crazy or high", "stepping' stone" just to name some!

Biography

Born: January 14, 1967 in Bayonne, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known for his long stint in support of Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Zakk Wylde was born and raised in New Jersey; although he began studying music at age eight, he soon quit, not returning to his lessons until his mid-teens. He formed his first band, Stone Henge, in 1984, followed by a series of appearances with a variety of bands throughout the Jersey Shore. In 1987, Wylde was introduced as Osbourne's new lead guitarist, making his recorded debut a year later on No Rest for the Wicked; he remained...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: Apr 20, 2004

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