A little bit of everything that falls under the big tent called “country” music can be found on the Georgia septet’s latest album. There is classic ’70s-style in the mold of Alabama in the rich harmonies and barn dance charm of several tunes including “Natural Disaster.” There are nods to bluegrass with fiery picking and fiddling (“The Wind”). Southern-rock-meets-jam-band boogie is the template for the fidgety title track and the breezy opener “Jump Right In.”
And then there are tunes that feel more obligatory (“Island Song,” cut from the Chesney-Buffett mold), or a stretch (like the fun and funky but not quite convincing swipe at retro boudoir soul with “Overnight”). The diverse moods may be authentic, but occasionally, hitting this many targets feels a bit engineered. Still, when you have a voice as resonant as Brown’s — especially on wistful country pop ballads like “Goodbye in Her Eyes” and “Sweet Annie” — and a band well-honed by years on the road, it goes down easy. (Out Tuesday)
ESSENTIAL: "Goodbye in Her Eyes"
The Zac Brown Band plays the Comcast Center on Sept. 9.