ZZ Ward | Love and War (Hollywood)

cd zz-wardTwo inferences can be made here: She has to work so hard either because she has yet to marry, or because she didn’t marry well—you be the judge.

 

 

 

I’ve been a fan of ZZ Ward since I first heard “OVERdue” on her Eleven Roses mixtape, so when I got the chance to get a listen of her new EP, Love and War, I was ready to be wowed again. Unfortunately, I was never entirely convinced.

“Love 3x” is reminiscent of Natasha Bedingfield’s “These Words,” telling the story of the crazy antics love is filled with, from the screaming and laughs, to the quirks and weird habits that both make her ill yet keep her addicted to her love. The strong and loud electric guitars own “Lonely,” but they are no competition for Ward’s powerhouse vocals. It’s as if the melody of the song is a personification of the how loneliness can feel: sometimes overpowering, consuming, but so full of a dancing good time.

True to the nature of saving our loved ones from whatever may be troubling them, Ward vows to always be there to “Rescue” them: “I’ll do anything for you I swear that that is true/ I’d cross the ocean touch the sun, I’d bring you back the moon/ Never have I felt this way ‘bout anyone before/ It’s like you got me lifting like you opened up some door,” she reasons.

It should be an absolute curse to release an EP with four tracks; it only gives us enough to be aware of her coming music, yet not enough to be intrigued enough to actually buy into the full album—unless, of course, the four tracks on the EP are dynamic. The natural, raw hum of Ward’s voice is the thing that keeps me going, one track after the next.

The beginning of “Marry Well” reminds me so much of “OVERdue” because how Ward attacks the track with a delicate grit and grind of how she owns life as an independent woman who takes care of herself. (Two inferences can be made here: She has to work so hard either because she has yet to marry, or because she didn’t marry well—you be the judge.) While Ward showcases a few new tricks with her cadence and vocal rhythm, it doesn’t offer as strong of a showcasing of her amazing voice as “OVERdue” did.

When Love and War ended, it just ended, I wanted to hear more, but that’s just because I’m a ZZ Ward fan. Unfortunately, I wasn’t on the edge of my seat waiting for the full album, as I had been with the eight tracks of Eleven Roses that preceded ’Til the Casket Drops. C | Ashley White

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