The Story So Far
What Have You/Trauma Records
A cool, contemporary mix of laid back pop, rock and jazz, The Story So Far is an extremely engaging listen and an album of real depth and quality.
The brother of 311’s Nick Hexum, Zack’s song “How Many Times” was recently an iTunes single of the week, and it’s easy to see its appeal: part Gavin DeGraw, part Maroon 5 with a funky, jazzy twist. “Met A Girl Like You Once” follows in similar fashion with an irresistible melody and a soaring chorus that showcases Hexum’s rich, textured voice. “Spicy streak” raises the tempo, “Simple City” sizzles with some jazz-pop overtones and “Sun Still Shines” has a summery vibe.
An accomplished session saxophonist who has played with Michael Buble, among others, Hexum performs a varied range of instruments on The Story So Far, and the whole album hints that the LA singer-songwriter could be ready to step out of the shadows and into the limelight.
Zack Hexum: www.zackhexum.com