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Calm & Clear

by Zuhg

ZuhG's 2013 release "Calm & Clear" is their first acoustic album with folk elements and good songwriting throughout.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Everything Is Different
2:48 $0.99
2. Allergies
1:22 $0.99
3. Love to Love
3:15 $0.99
4. Proving Her Wrong
0:21 $0.99
5. A Walk in the Park
2:10 $0.99
6. Sprout
2:44 $0.99
7. I'm Good
1:46 $0.99
8. Chelsea
3:38 $0.99
9. Orange
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10. Ol' Fashioned
2:59 $0.99
11. What Is to Be
3:53 $0.99
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Album Notes

Music Reviews by Miguelito
“Calm & Clear” by ZuhG

This reviewer was lucky enough to get his hands on an advance copy of ZuhG’s new CD “Calm & Clear”. Let me tell you, the best way to listen to this collection of new ZuhG songs (or any good songs for that matter) is to curl up in a comfy warm sleeping bag on a cool breezy evening, pour yourself a shot of your favorite beverage (in my case Bushmills Black), and listen to these new tunes on a pair of high quality headphones.

If you do, you will immediately note that this is not the same big electrified funky-reggae sound so many of us Sacto locals (and others) have come to love and expect from ZuhG. The band is clearly continuing to stretch, innovate, evolve and mature as they bring a new spin to the patented ZuhG vibe on this more acoustic-oriented work.

It opens with a deliciously-bowed stand-up bass followed by acoustic guitar and beautifully-blended voices (“Everything is Different”). Absent are the big arrangements and amplified funk from their previous CD. In their place is a more minimalist approach that leaves room for the songs and music to breath. This continues throughout the CD, a refreshing change from the big electrified sound of ZuhG’s previous CD Free Love --which was cool in a totally different way. This one still funks, chunks and thumps, and the touches of subtle lyrical humor are still there, but the band’s songwriting, arranging and instrumental talents stand out more clearly in this sparer context.

The stand-up bass continues on every track. There’s something satisfying and intangible about the organic sound of a bass fiddle—and that satisfaction suffuses the whole CD. “A Walk in the Park”, one of my favorite tracks, features a super catchy piano riff and tuneful melody that still have me tappin’ my toes and swaggering my booty as I write.

“Sprout” stands out as an acoustic number that turns into an atmospheric rocker. It creates an eerie semi-dissonant mood punctuated by some really tasty electric lead guitars. “Love to Love” showcases the band’s soulfulness, “Proving Her Wrong” their sense of humor, “Sprout” their innovation and creativity.

The CD closes with “What Is To Be”, a beautifully melancholy guitar/vocal/percussion ballad featuring oodles of that deliciously-bowed bass. Goosebump time. “I know who I am” goes the lyric. This is a band that knows who it is.

ZuhG reportedly had a lot of fun making this CD, and it shows. Miguelito says check it out.




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