If artists would make you read song lyrics before you could actually listen to their music, you would probably hum "Mango Tree" with previous harmony-driven tunes from Zac Brown such as "Toes", "Knee Deep" and "Island Song" and their beach-feel most of us reminisce about summer vacations.
In fact, the tune is so strategically placed in the album that after the typical ZBB sound of "Loving You is Easy", "Homegrown" and "Remedy" you can almost feel it coming and expect them to fully honor your computer's beautiful beach wallpaper. So, you put on your headphones, press play, close your eyes...WTF?
I'm so lost at what I'm hearing that I do not know if Pandora just hacked my computer and switched to Michael Bublé's channel or if I was dreaming about Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett singing together.
It was such a weird and odd experience, I played it again and again and again... Wait... Really? Is this what music is supposed to be? Is this what a great artist supposed to do?
You could argue that with Glenn Miller in trombone, Benny Goodman on clarinet and the presence of Sara Bareilles it is easy to make a great jazz song about something so odd as a "Mango Tree", but overcoming the fact lyrics are just overly simplistic for the genre and the execution, you quickly realize how versatile and multi-faceted this guy can really be.
I'm going to keep thinking about this one or as the proverbial phrase says: "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade...", it is summer after all