Til the Casket Drops (ZZ Ward album)

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Til the Casket Drops
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 16, 2012 (2012-10-16)
Genre Blues rock, hip hop, R&B, soul [1] [2] [3]
Label Hollywood [4]
ZZ Ward chronology
Criminal (EP)
Til the Casket Drops
Love and War (EP)
Singles from Til the Casket Drops
  1. "Put the Gun Down"
  2. "365 Days"
  3. "Last Love Song"

Til the Casket Drops the debut studio album by ZZ Ward, released on October 16, 2012. [5] [6] The album generated three singles, "Put the Gun Down" which reached number 7 on the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs, "365 Days" which reached number 4, and "Last Love Song" which reached number 15. [7] [8]


"Til the Casket Drops" and "Last Love Song" was featured in the television series Pretty Little Liars for promotional advertisement in the series' third [9] and fifth seasons. [10]


After Ward was signed in 2011, it took her and Hollywood Records a while to choose a producer, but eventually she settled on Theron "Neff-U" Feemster, who ended up producing half the album. [11] The album was recorded at Ahh Haaa Studios, Hyperion Sound, Rusk Studio, Boardwalk Records, Westlake Recording Studio, Eargasm Studios, and Northern Recording Studios. It was engineered at Fairfax Recordings and Sound City, and mixed at the HotPurplePettngZoo. [12] The theme for the album "is about going to war for someone that you love, which is kind of the theme to the album." [1] Ward blends several genres, such as back-porch blues and hip hop, to develop her style of "Dirty Shine". [2] [13] Ward got to work with Ryan Tedder and Brent Kutzle of OneRepublic on the acoustic ballad "Last Love Song", which provides the one quiet moment on gritty, bluesy rock 'n soul album. [3] [14] [15] The song "Criminal" took organ and piano tunes from Freddie Gibbs "Oil Money", and also features Gibbs on vocals. [16]


Chicago Music Magazine rated the album at five stars [17] and AllMusic rated it at four stars. [5]

Track listing

All tracks are written by ZZ Ward, except where noted [12] .

1."Til the Casket Drops"  Theron "Neff-U" Feemster 3:05
2."Put the Gun Down" Theron "Neff-U" Feemster2:50
3."Blue Eyes Blind"ZZ Ward, Ludwig Göransson Ludwig Göransson3:26
4."Home" Theron "Neff-U" Feemster3:42
5."Cryin Wolf" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)ZZ Ward, Kendrick Lamar, Richard Parry, Jonathan "J.P." Keller, Maceo Vidal-Haymes, Chuck BeinBlended Babies4:02
6."Save My Life"ZZ Ward, Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick, Theron "Neff-U" Feemster3:20
7."Last Love Song"  Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle 3:31
8."Lil Darlin" (featuring the O'Mys)ZZ Ward, Richard Parry, Jonathan "J.P." Keller, Maceo Vidal-Haymes, Nick HennesseyBlended Babies3:34
9."Move Like U Stole It" Theron "Neff-U" Feemster3:19
10."Criminal" (featuring Freddie Gibbs)ZZ Ward, Freddie Gibbs, Richard Parry, Jonathan "J.P." Keller, Dan Auerbach, Bun B, E. Kidd Bogart, Charles Worth, Brendan Joyce, Evan Ingersoll Blended Babies3:51
11."If I Could Be Her"ZZ Ward, Julian BunettaTheron "Neff-U" Feemster2:50
12."Charlie Ain't Home"  Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Theron "Neff-U" Feemster3:36
13."365 Days" Blended Babies3:29
Total length:44:35 [5]


Sample credits


Musicians [12] [18]

Production [12] [18] [19]

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