ZZ Ward “Last Love Song (Acoustic)”
While the main selling point of ZZ Ward‘s Eleven Roses mixtape lies in the somewhat genius attention-nabbing tactic of marrying the Pennsylvania-born/ Oregon-raised singer-songwriter newcomer’s massive bluesy pipes with familiar hip hop beats (resulting in pleasant surprises like “Better Off Dead”, soulful eeriness [“I got these voices in my head/ Strap up that straight-jacket on me”] attached to the demented creak of Tyler, The Creator’s “Yonkers”), if there’s any single track on the mini-set to hint of Ward potentially conquering airwaves in 2012, “most recommended” honors would have to fall on the rap-reference-free offering “Last Love Song”.
A vocals-and-songwriting showcase that’ll likely draw plenty of comparisons to the recent globe-dominating output of Adele (which is nowhere near a bad thing), acoustic ballad “Love” is destined to inspire soggy eyes in anyone who has ever had to go through the post-break-up blues, with Ward, supported by nothing but lonely guitar plucking, setting her powerful wails to tearjerker mode as she somberly cycles through a future that’s no longer in the cards: “I won’t wake up and pick out your tie/ (Oh no) You won’t come home and kiss me at night/ (Oh no) We won’t lie in this king bed for two/ Say goodbye to us saying ‘I do”s”.
Our favorite moment: the waterworks-triggering peak of emotion hit with every belt out of the devastating chorus line “This is the last love song I’ll ever write for you”.
“Last Love Song (Acoustic)” (DL):