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Zac Brown Band - You Get What You Give Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8.5
Musicianship 8.25
Lyrics 6
Production 8.5
Creativity 7.5
Lasting Value 7.75
Reviewer Tilt 8.5
Final Verdict: 79%
Member Ratings
Vocals 9
Musicianship 9
Lyrics 8.75
Production 9.25
Creativity 8.5
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 8.5
Average: 87%

Zac Brown Band - You Get What You Give

Reviewed by: Gregory Robson (09/21/10)
Zac Brown Band - You Get What You Give
Record Label: Atlantic Records/Southern Ground
Release Date: Sept. 21, 2010


The Georgia sextet Zac Brown Band threw the music world for a loop when it won Best New Artist at the 2010 Grammy's. Though their emergence on the national spectrum was not much of a surprise to country music fans who helped the band place five singles from their 2008 major label debut The Foundation they were seen as outsiders and relative newcomers to most. Their follow-up to the 2x platinum-selling The Foundation is the comfortable and corny You Get What You Give, a collection of tender, midtempo arrangements with more platitudes than a Hallmark gift shop.

That's not to say that the album is weak, in fact it's rather strong, but the saccharine nature of the lyrics and the tepid arrangements do leave a bit to be desired. Of the 14 tracks, the high points include the plaintive piano ballad "Colder Weather," the reggae-infused Jimmy Buffet-duet "Knee Deep," the raucous cutup "Make This Day," and the Alan Jackson duet "As She's Walking Away." Soon-to-be single "No Hurry," borrows the same message as album opener, "Let it Go," and the timeless "Quiet Your Mind," all of them paeans to simplicity and carefree, easy living. Even worse is penultimate cut "Martin," a winsome acoustic ballad that unfortunately is written about Brown's guitar.

When the band tries to cut it loose, such as the Carribbean-influenced "Settle Me Down," the 10-minute jam-band epic "Who Knows," and the gnomic bluegrass cut "Whiskey's Gone," they put their best foot forward and offer a sense of urgency and pace not seen on much of the collection. Those high points elucidate the fact that their Grammy Award was certainly well-deserved, but why must they be so few and far between?

All negativty aside, Brown's rising tenor is indeed one of popular music's strongest instruments and it wears itself well here. That simple fact is probably why years from now, the history books will look back on these Peach Tree boys with
fondness and affection. Though You Get What You Give is not their strongest offering to date, it certainly points to a most promising future. And that in and of itself is probably all the music world really needs.

Track Listing 1. Let It Go
2. Knee Deep (featuring Jimmy Buffet)
3. No Hurry
4. I Play the Road
5. Cold Hearted
6. Whiskey's Gone
7. Quiet Your Mind
8. Colder Weather
9. Settle Me Down
10. As She's Walking Away (featuring Alan Jackson)
11. Keep Me In Mind
12. Who Knows
13. Martin
14. Make This Day


Recommended If You Like Jimmy Buffet, Uncle Kracker, Marshall Tucker Band, Kenny Chesney, Kevn Kinney


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08:07 AM on 09/21/10
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These guys are from my hometown and put on an outstanding live show. Their albums aren't an accurate reflection of how good this band can be, see them live and you'll be impressed if your a fan.
08:12 AM on 09/21/10
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These guys are from my hometown and put on an outstanding live show. Their albums aren't an accurate reflection of how good this band can be, see them live and you'll be impressed if your a fan.
Don't disagree with you there. Truly a great live band.
08:52 AM on 09/21/10
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These guys have a lake house (or one of them has a house) next to my girlfriend's mom's place outside of Atlanta.
01:18 PM on 09/21/10
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These guys have a lake house (or one of them has a house) next to my girlfriend's mom's place outside of Atlanta.
sweet brag
01:23 PM on 09/21/10
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Not really a brag, just an observation. Sweet comment brah
06:36 PM on 09/21/10
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my personal favorite zac brown band lyric: the senoritas dont care-o when there's no dinero.
08:10 PM on 09/21/10
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my personal favorite zac brown band lyric: the senoritas dont care-o when there's no dinero.
put my ass in a lawn chair, toes in the clay
not a worry in the world, a PBR on the way
life is good today, life is good today

clearly best lyric ever

saw these guys over the summer, it was fucking awesome.
09:26 PM on 09/21/10
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this album kicks ass... it may be country at it's heart, but don't let that deter you from checking it out
03:55 PM on 09/22/10
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Hold my hand just one more time
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Thoroughly impressed with their live show. They played some mighty fine covers as well. Would love to see them headline soon.
10:58 AM on 09/23/10
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I'll have to check this band out.
Great review.
05:01 PM on 09/24/10
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They might have a great live show, but god dammit I can't get past the shittiness of Chicken Fried.
05:17 PM on 09/24/10
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They might have a great live show, but god dammit I can't get past the shittiness of Chicken Fried.
Blasphemy. Song kicks my ass so hard. Love it to death. Hate on it all you want, it owns my soul.
05:19 PM on 09/24/10
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Blasphemy. Song kicks my ass so hard. Love it to death. Hate on it all you want, it owns my soul.
I love country music, I just can't get over that song!
05:26 PM on 09/24/10
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I love country music, I just can't get over that song!
I'm thrilled you love country music ( and that is not sarcasm). I often feel very isolated on this site because I am such a huge fan.
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