Monday, July 13, 2009

The Zombies - As Far As I Can See (2004)

Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent
Legendary British Invasion innovators The Zombies made some of the most sublime melodic pop-rock of the 1960s, and their three Top 10 smashes—"She’s Not There," "Tell Her No," and "Time Of The Season"—are all-time classic hits. Their distinctive sound was due in large part to Colin Blunstone’s masterful vocals and Rod Argent’s keyboard wizardry. The reunited pair proves that theirs is a timeless partnership with AS FAR AS I CAN SEE . . . , the first studio album of original Zombies material in more than 30 years!
Well, I fell for it. In a year of highly touted reunions by everyone from the Pixies to Mission of Burma, I wanted to believe that The Zombies' first album since 1968's psych-pop masterpiece Odessey & Oracle would be a first-class tour de force. "We haven't come together cynically, or to make a buck," songwriter and keyboardist Rod Argent assures us in the liner notes. LIES! Argent and singer Colin Blunstone have been touring together for the past few years, and even released a disc together under their own names, 2002's unremarkable Out of the Shadows, that should have served as a stern warning. But their new record gets the Zombies name, Argent writes, because it has a "group" sound, and because all the songs were written with Blunstone's voice in mind-- presumably including "I Don't Believe in Miracles", originally from Blunstone's 1972 solo record Ennismore, which here gets the 80s soft-rock treatment, "Rose for Emily" piano intro notwithstanding.  and ...More...

1. In My Mind a Miracle
2. Memphis
3. Southside of the Street
4. I Want to Fly
5. Time To Move
6. I Don't Believe In Miracles
7. As Far As I Can See
8. With You Not Here
9. Wings Against The Sun
10. Together
11. Look For A Better Way
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