Dedicated Ears was fortunate enough to be part of a Betta Promotion Chicago show with Zach and his band a few weeks back. I highly suggest seeing them live whenever you get the chance. Zach gave me his album from 2009 and I really enjoy listening to it. So here is a bit of a belated review of said album.
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There is a revival feeling that runs through the songs on this album and their production. The sound meanders through but is not beholden to folk, alt country, indie rock, blues, and bluegrass. Zach Pietrini and The Broken Bones spin many fine stories on The Bright and Shining Lights Of Anywhere Else which is a bargain $5 on their site. It's always interesting to hear a country stomp on a song like "Chicago", a tale of the big city told through the eyes of someone from the country. The shift in timing with the chorus is a nice touch.
"Never Wrote" is a torch song and fine change of pace that features some heartfelt singing by Zach. I love the languid pace of the guitar here, it emphasizes the subject matter of the song. "Still I don't see no sunshine, just the majestic and desolate view... it pulls my will in two, it pulls my will in two, and while you gaze up at my face, I wonder why you do."
The first person narratives and subtle, clever word play are bountiful on this album. The country meets city storyline is always enjoyable to me. The musicians on this album are really good, as good as when I saw them play live. Head to their site and buy this album. They are also recording new material and playing in the Chicago area, so keep an eye out on their Facebook page. Thanks again to Zach and the Band for the album and the great show.