Til the Casket Drops (Explicit)
by ZZ Ward
Released: Oct 2012
Label: Hollywood Records
Look out, Adele: Your competition has arrived. Hot new young thing ZZ Ward's got a hefty, throaty voice capable of smoldering its way through retro soul and smoky blues like a woman twice her age -- and her busy debut shows off that power and skill nicely. But while comparisons to Adele are unavoidable (especially with the mournful twinge she takes on from time to time) and shades of Amy Winehouse float in here and there (girl group-y "Save My Life"), Ward carves out her own path and persona, too. The subtle gospel flair of "Home" and electric blues of "Lil Darlin" are especially compelling.