Zac Greer Dropped An Album Of The Year Candidate with 'for the hell of it' [Album Review]

Riley Furey

I wasn't planning on reviewing this album because this is generally the time of the year to take a break from the industry, but since Zac Greer decided he wasn't going to adhere to that rule with the release of his new album "for the hell of it," it looks like I won't be either.

I first got tapped in with Zac's music after hearing friends listen to him over the past few years, and once I heard his work in tandem with Sammy Curcuru, it was all the convincing I needed to give his music a try for myself. And it seems like I got tapped in around the perfect time, because as soon as I started intently watching, he began the rollout of his new album that we're reviewing here today.

I'll dive into particular tracks in a moment, but I have to say that I did not expect this album to be such a story considering we got nearly half of the project in the form of singles before its true release. It's clear to me that in the time of making this album, that he was dealing with the trials and tribulations of growing up in this day and age. In our formative years between the ages of 18-24 we tend to feel the weight of the world, and he managed to give light to every feeling under the sun – especially the ones that are hardest to verbalize.

Most of this project to me feels like a plea to find his footing within three particular categories; within his own mind, within love, and within where he belongs in the world as a whole. It's exactly the project I would listen to if I was feeling too much or if I'm feeling nothing at all, and through the blunt honesty of it, I know it would ease whatever feels like too much for me to carry alone.

There are a lot of notable singles across the 30 minute project, and the creme of the crop for me has to be "alive" or "dontletmego." "alive" serves as a cry to the world wondering if he's making the right decision, and "dontletmego" could be seen as an extension of that emotion, but within a relationship that he can't stand to lose.

The feeling of not knowing where to go or what to feel is palpable across every track, and after dealing with a lot of mental health struggles myself, this is something younger me could've used to get through some of my hardest times.

It's not easy to be so vulnerable and upfront about your emotions, especially on a global scale through sharing music to the masses, and I can do nothing but commend Zac for sharing this project. I truly believe the world will be a better place because of it, and I know exactly where I'm going to turn whenever my thoughts start to feel like too much in the future. On behalf of all listeners, thank you Zac for dropping this project, especially in a time where people could use it most.

Final Take: This is the perfect album to showcase what it's like to be growing up in our generation, and especially to deal with the emotions that come with being an early twenty something. The standalone tracks are extremely polished, but they are definitely best listened to in the confines of the album. I'm rating this a 9.2/10, and even though it only just dropped, it's comfortably one of the best projects of the year.

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