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CD REVIEW: Zycophonic - 'The Movie'
By Steve Allat - 02/19/2005 - 08:24 PM EST

Artist: Zycophonic
Album: 'The Movie'
CD Review:
Label: Independent.
Tracks: 14
Released: 2003
For Fans Of: Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, Joe Jackson, Meatloaf
Fav Tracks: Island Nation, Rooftop

I quite like this disc - it's a rollicking little soundtrack to life. And fittingly it is titled 'The Movie'.
Many of the songs could easily make themselves onto a movie soundtrack (Rocky Horror Picture Show style comes to mind).

At first, I thought John Zych's vocals would be a little too plain to carry the music, but in the end it ends up being one of the strong points, as his delivery is very sure and just a little acquired. I'm sure he knows he's not going to win a 5-octave contest anytime soon, but his bar-room blues style delivery is great for the style of music he's creating.

This disc is a case of no one factor being so well done that it screams for attention, instead it's a subtle overall creeping up on you as the cd plays and John's presence gets inside you. The CD is very cohesive, despite a slight change in swing from track to track, and the sound is well-produced and consistent, making it feel right from beginning to end.

John definitely draws from the past, notably the late 70's/early 80's, but again differentiates himself enough to not let you harp on it at all.

Very good stuff. Easy to listen to over & over or have as background - just as a soundtrack usually is.

Contact: John Zych


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