Black Label Society / Zakk Wylde - Hangover Music Vol. 6

Black Label Society / Zakk Wylde - Hangover Music Vol. 6
Release Date:
April 20, 2004
Styles:
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Recording Location:
Ameraycan Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Cartee Day Studios, Nashville, TN
Genre:
Album:
Hangover Music Vol. 6
Duration:
01:06:45

Alice in Chains' shadow has grown longer as post-grunge settles into homogeny. Every outfit from Godsmack to Soil claims them as an influence; Staind's Aaron Lewis even wrote "Layne" in tribute to the band's departed frontman.

Zakk Wylde throws his own goatee into that ring with Black Label Society's Hangover Music, Vol. 6, a largely acoustic album that recalls both Jar of Flies and Wylde's own Book of Shadows. He handles vocals, piano, and acoustic duties himself, also contributing the occasional display of electric guitar wizardry just to remind listeners of where he came from. Ozzy's influence looms at least as large as Alice in Chains -- he and his family are thanked prominently in the liner notes, and material like the ballad "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" sounds like it could have been written for him. (Wylde also offers his own tribute to Staley, also called "Layne.") Hangover Music's restraint is admirable, considering Wylde's fretboard prowess; in fact, the album's pretty damn mellow. "Won't Find It Here" cops the melody from U2's "One," while standouts "Crazy or High" and "Queen of Sorrow" feature wails from Wylde's electric over Southern rock-influenced acoustic licks and a rhythm section that includes Crowbar drummer Craig Nunenmacher.

"Takillya (Estyabon)" is a brief burst of acoustic fretboard magic, and the piano-led "Woman Don't Cry" finds Wylde shelving his normally tortured moan in favor of a heartfelt croon comparable to Axl Rose on G N' R Lies. It makes the track one of the album's highlights, since Wylde's vocals on the majority of Hangover Music suggest he's a much better guitar player than he is a singer. Still, fans eager for fiery guitar work will enjoy "House of Doom," which joins the lighter "No Other" as the most obvious Alice in Chains tributes (barring "Layne," of course). Hangover Music, Vol. 6 also includes an earnest, solo piano version of the Procol Harum classic rock radio fave "Whiter Shade of Pale."

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Crazy or High / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde3:34
Queen of Sorrow / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde4:15
Steppin' Stone / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde4:54
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde3:43
Takillya (Estyabon) / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde0:39
Won't Find It Here / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde6:26
She Deserves a Free Ride (Val's Song) / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde4:19
House of Doom / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde3:46
Damage Is Done / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde5:20
Layne / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde5:15
Woman Don't Cry / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde5:39
No Other / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde4:59
A Whiter Shade of Pale / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde5:08
Once More / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde4:10
Fear / Zakk WyldeBlack Label Society / Zakk Wylde4:38

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