EP Review: “Love And War” by ZZ Ward

Back in 2012, I kept hearing a song playing on an advertisement of a show. The new seasons were about to start back up again after being off for whatever break, but I could not get this song to go away. It was everywhere! So finally I got the title and artist’s name and I began my search on finding more about this person. ZZ Ward was her name and the song was called “Put The Gun Down.” If anybody that is reading this right now, you know how much I love two genres mixing together and I L-O-V-E-D this freaking song! It wasn’t what I normally heard on the radio and at that time, I was in deep with rock/metal so I barely listened to anything in the pop category unless it was forced. Justin Bieber? Yeah, that was forced.

My love for ZZ Ward was pure and oh my god, did I love it! Describing the sound of the music she makes is a mixture between three genres in one: R&B, rock, and blues. Music is supposed to take you away from your problems in your day or life. I’ve unfortunately have had a rough time finding that kind of music to take me away from all of it. When I was into symphonic metal, I had a lot to choose from but once I started exploring other genres the chase to find the perfect escape became a harder thing to come by. ZZ Ward is one of the few that helped me. So I’m excited to find she’s got this new EP out for all her fans to listen and find some peace in their lives again. Something tells me these four songs are only just the beginning…

I first heard “Love 3X” not through Spotify, but on Sirius XM The Pulse and I listened to it ironically enough three times. I loved it! Love is a tricky thing! I love the feel good sound of this song, it sounds happy but not like in a pop song kind of way though! It has the sound of a good new modern jazz-pop sound that’s perfect for these younger generations to enjoy! Since I love hearing those older songs from Frank Sinatra, this is a bit tamer but I still love it the same as the others! For the next one “Lonely” I didn’t like it at first but once I realized how stupid I was, I quickly changed my opinion! I love the sassy intro, her deep almost twangy tone of her voice is beautiful for the chorus! I love the low beat, sounds like a good blues like sound. It has a nice groove to it and makes you want to dance a little bit.

In every album, EP out there. There’s always a ballad and “Rescue” this is ZZ’s version. I don’t want to call her it a “ballad” because it’s still very much upbeat but the vocals and lyrics can make it that way.  In the beginning it does sound like a normal ballad, but when the song continues it actually changes direction in the tempo. I love the addition of the full band, love the horn section! Ugh! A little bit before four minutes in, that song has ended but you get a sound of a door opening. It’s basically like a little skit before the next song starts, I’ll always loved these things! All of a sudden, you hear a very loud harmonica and it’s the most random thing ever and then it stops and last song called “Marry Well” plays and you can hear it play again with cymbals, bass guitar, drums… It’s all yummy! At three minutes in fifty-one seconds, the tempo changes once again but she is singing something it is too distorted to make out unfortunately! Something that I’ve always loved about ZZ’s way of putting her words together in the songs, is that she doesn’t give a shit if she curses or not! I feel it’s not a sense of rebelling, but I think if you are writing a song about love and the bad sides of it, you’re gonna want to release some of the anger that might be building up or things maybe you wished you could have said if they’re already gone. Trying to hold everything in doesn’t help very much, trust me!

Well, are you a ZZ Ward fan? How did you come across her music? What do you like about her new EP? 

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