Say Zuzu

Take These Turns

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This album, while catching Say Zuzu at a relatively early point in their recording career, is a solid collection of alt-country tempered with rock guitar grit (à la early Son Volt). The approach here isn't as varied as later efforts -- and there aren't any of the burnished acoustic gems that round out such later efforts as Bull and Every Mile. Nevertheless, Say Zuzu's strong songwriting is already evident, and this album is a combination of rock muscle and bright melodic turns. Say Zuzu is something of a curiosity, emerging from the wilds of New Hampshire with an alt-country vision as strong as predecessors such as Whiskeytown already intact, and this album shows that the group has been strong from the outset. Highlights include the title track and "14 Other Ways."