ZZ Ward – The Storm (2017)

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ZZ Ward returns for her sophomore album, The Storm, which follows her well received debut album, Til The Casket Drops. It’s been five years since ZZ’s debut album and The Storm is well worth the wait. While ZZ Ward has definite pop appeal, she certainly isn’t leaving her blues influences behind.

ZZ Ward grew up on the blues listening to Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson and Big Mama Thornton, and that influence is clear from the get-go. “Ghost” is the opening track, which is raw, folksy, and bluesy and that theme continues on “Cannonball.” 2017 Grammy Award winner Fantastic Negrito joins Ward on the track, which showcases ZZ on harmonica. The single, “Help Me Mama” follows and highlights ZZ’s powerhouse vocals. Next up is the title track, which begins with just ZZ’s vocals and piano and is about weathering through the tough times in life.