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“Zac Brown & Ocho - Hooch (Monsanto Recordings) Another album by the prolific Zac Brown, "Hooch" finds Brown and his compadres exploring West Coast psychedelia, but with a distinctly grunge-pop vibe. Like reading "Ulysses" through muslin shades, nothing is altogether clear, but everything is possible - and so it is with "Hooch". Songwriter Brown takes us on a journey through a particular form of pop music, and there's no denying that this collection, 7 tracks in 37 minutes, is pop music. There's always a strong sense of melody and an abundance of hooks to hang your hat on, but nothing is too obvious. It's an album to live with and take your time over, though if said commodity is limited, be sure to check the hazy sweep of opener "Holy Oly", or the resolute jangle of the equally well-named "Halle Bop Bop". However, only repeated listens brings out the record's nuances, and every fresh spin impales it a little further into your subconscious - just like great pop music should.”