There are, of course, certain staples in pop music,
blueprints that transcend each and every era. Zach Williams and the Reformation
base their stock and trade on that assumption, and their resurrection of a
blueprint Southern style informs their approach and makes no apologies for it.
Williams himself sounds like a dead ringer for Paul Rogers and the crossover
into a heavy blues-based motif on songs like “Moving On” and “Wishing Well,”
(both of which borrow their titles, somewhat suspiciously, from Bad Company and
Free songs, respectively), as well as
“Rock ‘N’ Roll Me” and “PO Box and a Postcard” bring the comparisons
Make no mistake — Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet and early
Allman Brothers still provide the overall template, and despite the band taking
a more active role in the songwriting, that direction seems unlikely to change.
Yet even with the added input, Williams’ hoary, blustery vocals dominate the
proceedings, with the group’s sprawling boogie-fueled delivery plowing the path
beneath. Lest there be any doubt, the title seems to say it all.
DOWNLOAD: “Rock ‘N’ Roll Me,” “Moving On” LEE ZIMMERMAN