The Grohl Sessions, Vol.1 by Zac Brown Band

Grade: A

With no disrespect to Zac Brown or his group’s regular producer, Keith Stegall, but maybe the Zac Brown Band should have grunge pioneer and modern-rock warrior Dave Grohl produce all of their albums.

The Foo Fighters’ leader stepped behind the console to oversee this four-song EP and the results are breathtaking. ZBB has never sounded as energized or as fierce.

Not that the band’s past efforts and hit singles are dull—it’s simply that the songs on The Grohl Sessions are so full of life, especially “Day for the Dead,” which Zac and his mates performed with Dave Grohl at this year’s CMA Awards.

The group’s signature harmonies feel especially elevated on the track, and its creepy breakdown, with Zac bassist John Driskell Hopkins intoning Who says you can’t go back?, is a bit of voodoo magic.

Grohl, the onetime drummer for Nirvana, mans the kit on “Let It Rain,” adding a little extra oomph to a cascading anthem, but otherwise his work is in pulling the strings behind the scenes, which, in this case, is right where he belongs. 

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