Lend Me An Ear by Zac Love is a formidable project when compared to any of its counterparts; personally, this is one of my favorite releases to date in 2014. Zac Love delivers a head nodding, soulful and impressive album; it is filled with bright melodic sounds, lush strings and most notably, you get the impression that Zac Love extended himself in his entirety, providing no shortcomings. Given the fact that this is Zac Love’s first full outing on the independent label Cold Busted, the beat maker certainly dressed for the occasion, while exchanging tanned hide leather shoes for drum patterns, glass cut cufflinks for the finest stereo sound and a glass of champagne for the sum of his efforts. Formal attire aside, tracks such as “The Angels Sing” are laced with boom bap drums and a sound ascending towards the heavens, contributed by powerful organs. Then there’s the enchanted and beautiful cadence on “Lend Me An Ear”, a midtempo melodic track which serves as the album’s title track.
Lend Me An Ear began with the end in mind, to create a solid album from beginning to end; it never lost sight of that and executed very well. Success is a simple formula: do your best and people may like it. In this case I loved it. Definitely, give Lend Me An Ear a listen and make sure to support Zac Love.
STANDOUT TRACKS: "Get Down Kick It", "Dusty Gold", "Lend Me An Ear", "Hang Your Hat", "Vibe On This", "Turn Out The Lights"