The Zombies – Different Game (Album Review)

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The Zombies – Different Game (Album Review)

British rock band The Zombies, a former band whose name still lives on today, although formed 62 years ago, first appeared in 1961. , now classic albums – 1965s beginning Here and the 1968s Odyssey and the Oracle. Known for hits like “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No,” and “Time of the Season,” The Zombies were among the pioneers of what’s known as Psychedelic/Sunshine Pop, among others like Strawberry. Alarm Clock, Hollies, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Love and The Lemon Pipers.

Unfortunately, not much was heard from the permanent band in the few decades following the 1960s, except for one album each for the 1990s and early 2000s. But to the surprise of many, The Zombies has resurfaced once again in the last twelve years with their soundtrack. First breath Inside, breath Outside It was released in 2011 and subsequently charted on Billboard. Still There is HE hungry And now, Rod Argent (keyboards, vocals) and Colin Blunstone (vocals), along with the rest of The Zombies – Steve Rodford (drums, percussion), Tom Toomey (guitar, background vocals) and Søren Koch (bass, background vocals) vocals) – releases Different Game.

It was released on Friday, March 31, 2023, through the highly anticipated Cooking Vinyl Records. Different Game The seventh album by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. The product of an insistence on crazy times, the album is a mix of psychedelic rockers and string acoustic ballads. Complete with ten new songs, it opens with the nostalgic, church feel of the title track, followed by the engaging blues stomper “Dropped Reeling and Stupid”… which is also the album’s lead single. Then the light goes out with the piano ballad “Rediscover”, the slightly fuzzy “Runaway” and the Baroque Pop-style “You Could Be My Love”.

Zombies moving forward with “Carousel” then presses the car’s accelerator pedal and breaks again with another slow ballad – “I Love You As Much As I Can.” Next up is probably the album’s boldest hit – “I Want to Fly” with an orchestral glaze. After that, there’s “Get to Move On,” which emits a classic 60’s Psychedelic Pop sound. Finally, Argent, Blunstone and the rest of The Zombies round off the new soundtrack with “The Sun Will Rise Again”.

Groups with a very long tenure are rare. Time has certainly aged Zombies like fine wine… and Different Game 100% proof of that. Get a copy of the recording and enjoy both familiarity and freshness, because Cryptic Rock Different Game 4 stars out of 5.

The Zombies – Different Game / Cooking Vinyl Records (2023)

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