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Zo B - Caged

Caged

Acoustic-grunge/Alt-rock ballad


"every time I listened it it, I couldn't analyse it. I had no choice but to listen, feel and experience it, and you should to."



The artist


Zo B is an acoustic artist. She doesn't perform much live (something I will certainly be trying to change after she reads this) but is actively recording new material.



The song


'Caged' starts with a delicately complex yet delicious fingerpicked acoustic intro. Latin overdubs compliment the beautiful intro chords gorgeously with some low piano. The vocals fill the open air and the most perfect harmonies pierce the mellow mood striking a feeling of intrigue and melancholy eventually plateauxing into a bridge that ends in a really curious way (and I mean that in a great way). The note choices of the melody and counter harmony are so reminiscent of the late 90s and mellow grunge movement. This chorus hits me in all the best ways. The harmonies, the note choices for the melody, the subtle acoustic licks in the background... It's all just so perfect. The second verse and chorus hit just as hard but with more instrumentation in the form of strings and percussion. More harmonies and backing vocals circle us back around the that gorgeous acoustic guitar intro.



The verdict


'Caged' is downright beautiful. It's mellow but angst-filled message hit the side of me that loves acoustic music but the note choices and harmonies hit that 90's, alternative grungey side that still listens to the Come Clean album by Puddle of Mudd. I found this extremely hard to review as every time I listened it it, I couldn't analyse it. I had no choice but to listen, feel and experience it, and you should to.



If you like...


If you're a fan of the songwriting found in Soungarden, Puddle of Mudd & Garbage's catalogue then you will love this.



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