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  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release for the country band was produced by Dave Cobb.
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My Old Man
He was a giant And I was just a kid I was always trying To do everything he did I can still remember every lesson he taught me Growing up learning... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. May 11, 2017
    70
    Welcome Home is a beautiful record, full of imagery and experiences, and a worthy return to the style that made Zac Brown Band’s debut as successful as it was. It’s also a strong step forward to continuing the band’s success and ability to make personal connections to listeners.
  2. May 11, 2017
    60
    Coziness certainly has its appeal--it works as balm and a tonic--but it's hard to shake the feeling that Zac Brown Band overplays their hand somewhat by insisting they've reconnected with their roots. All those lyrics feel calculated and defensive, undercutting the grace of the music.
  3. May 11, 2017
    50
    Zac Brown is laboring strenuously to ensure everyone that he still drinks cold beer on a Friday night, apologizing for a musical adventurousness that he'd be better off simply embracing.
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    May 18, 2017
    50
    Unfortunately, this conservative album wastes his eight-member backing band, who have much more range and power than these songs would indicate. [Jul 2017, p.26]
  5. May 17, 2017
    50
    If the album's greatest sin was simply sonic banality, it would be a lot more palatable. Far worse is the cynical nature of the album's roosty overtures.
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  1. May 12, 2017
    6
    'Welcome Home' has some pleasant songs, but what's mostly noticeable is the formula. The last album wasn't particularly well-received by'Welcome Home' has some pleasant songs, but what's mostly noticeable is the formula. The last album wasn't particularly well-received by country fans (although I enjoyed a large portion of it), and now they're returning to their roots, in a sense. Looking for their "welcome home." Unfortunately, besides a few standouts, this means lyrics that feel forced and melodies in search of memorability. It's not the worst thing to have a mildly bland album, but it definitely could've used some pizzazz. Even if it was of the "pop" variety. Expand
  2. May 27, 2017
    4
    John - I was expecting this to be an album that I would love, considering that I loved what I had heard off of their previous record, but itJohn - I was expecting this to be an album that I would love, considering that I loved what I had heard off of their previous record, but it was almost the exact opposite. I would consider this to be one of the dullest albums we've reviewed so far. It was all too bland and unimaginative to be any good in my opinion. As Tilly has said, it's like they've decided to try and make a serious country album to reassure their old fanbase that they are still very much a country band, and it really does feel so forced as a result.

    Roots is the redeeming feature on the record - a strong, catchy track that combines a good instrumental with great lyrical content and vocals. But apart from that, this is a barren album with few memorable songs. Something that I wanted to love, but simply couldn't.

    Tilly - This is truly one of the most shocking albums I've heard recently. Aside from the opening track Roots, Welcome Home solely felt like the band was trying to regain it's traditional, 'serious' country fanbase by giving them a dull, dated and unimaginative record. It had a few redeeming features - as always, the vocals were strong, and at times the lyrics were indeed touching. However that still doesn't disguise the fact that for a band as good as this one, this was a dire album.
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  3. May 18, 2017
    0
    Disappointing. Curiously contrived, especially considering the band's history of pushing the envelope. Sounds like a Zac Brown cover bandDisappointing. Curiously contrived, especially considering the band's history of pushing the envelope. Sounds like a Zac Brown cover band tried to write their own Zac Brown album. Expand