Til the Casket Drops

Til the Casket Drops

by ZZ WardZZ Ward


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ZZ Ward grew up in the small town of Roseberg, Oregon listening to the blues albums in her father's collection and her brother's hip-hop records. By the time she was 12, she was fronting her father's blues band and learning how to control an audience. By 16 she was driving to Eugene to sing with hip-hop acts and soon moved on to L.A. in hopes of making it in the music business. Along the way, she developed a style that's a winning combination of blues, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and pop. Her influences all come together on her debut, a collection that should make her a star if there's any justice in the world. Ward has a wonderfully flexible voice, she can croon like a pop singer, growl like a blues woman, spit attitude like a rocker, and flow like a rapper. There's not a single weak track on her 13-song debut, and several of them sound like hits. Despite its dark title, "Til the Casket Drops" is a profession of undying love that combines a hip-hop verse with a soaring pop chorus. Ward's delivery is marked by the intense passion of jubilant love. "Move Like U Stole It" is a funky rocker with a strong vocal marked by Ward's wordless vocal ornamentations. "Home" is a smoldering R&B ballad with a hint of bossa nova in the rhythm track. "Last Love Song" is a quiet pop tune that mourns the end of a relationship with Ward putting a lifetime of anguish into her understated vocal, and "If I Could Be Her" updates the girl group sound for the 21st century. "Criminal" is Ward's reimagining of the Freddie Gibbs hit "Oil Money." Gibbs liked Ward's version so much that he added a rap to the track to complement her soulful vocal. In case you're wondering, Ward's initials aren't a tribute to ZZ Top or Z.Z. Hill, it's just a shortened version of her given name, Zsuzsanna, also the name of her Mother and Hungarian grandmother.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2012
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0050087276775
catalogNumber: 001721492
Rank: 36628


  1. Til the Casket Drops
  2. Put the Gun Down
  3. Blue Eyes Blind
  4. Home
  5. Cryin Wolf
  6. Save My Life
  7. Last Love Song
  8. Lil Darlin
  9. Move Like U Stole It
  10. Criminal
  11. If I Could Be Her
  12. Charlie Ain't Home
  13. 365 Days
  14. [CD-ROM Track]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

ZZ Ward   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards
Brian Ray   Guitar
Ryan Tedder   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Timpani
Nick Hennessey   Piano
Brent Kutzle   Percussion,Piano,Cello,Drums,Viola,Timpani
Thomas Drayton   Bass
Ludwig Goransson   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Erick Walls   Guitar,Soloist
Richard Parry   Piano,Keyboards
Fitz   Bass,Piano,Strings,Drums
Theron Feemster   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Chuck Bein   Guitar
Brendan Joyce   Bass
Rich Parry   Drums
Jp Keller   Organ,Bass,Guitar
Greg Landfair   Drums
Reid Muchow   Drums
Peter Lee Johnson   Violin
Maceo Haymes   Guitar,Vocals
Carter Lang   Bass

Technical Credits

Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Programming,Producer
Jill Tengan   Engineer
Mio Vukovic   Executive Producer
Joe Zook   Engineer
Lincoln Wheeler   Marketing
James Murray   Engineer
Enny Joo   Art Direction
Kevin Augunas   Sonics,Vocal Engineer
Rob Kleiner   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Ryan Tedder   Producer
Brent Kutzle   Producer
Jesse Lee   Creative Consultant
Ludwig Goransson   Programming,Producer
Richard Parry   Programming
Fitz   Programming,Producer,Engineer
B. Freeman   Composer
Blended Babies   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Jesse Lee   Creative Consultant
Theron Feemster   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Derek "MixedByAli" Ali   Engineer
Jared Rich   Engineer
ZZ Ward   Executive Producer
Rich Parry   Programming
Jp Keller   Programming
E. Ingersoll   Composer
Evan "Kidd" Bogart   Composer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Engineer
Robert Horn   Engineer
Gavin Paddock   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Greg Landfair   Programming

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