Country voters recognized the Zac Brown Band’s something-for-almost-everyone approach on its third studio album, “Uncaged,” which generated mostly positive if not exactly glowing reviews upon its release last year. It scored a 72 out of a possible 100 on Metacritic.com’s aggregate of reactions in various publications.
The Georgia-based group brings a good-time spirit to most of what it plays, with often-predictable odes to short- or long-term escape from the drudgery of workaday life occasionally elevated by Brown’s earnest vocals and the band’s sharp instrumental interplay.
Last year’s winner, Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night,” made it two in a row for the country trio after their debut, “Need You Now,” sealed the group’s mainstream breakthrough at the 2010 Grammy Awards.
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