Title - 'It's Only Natural'
Artist - Zan Zone
New York City has long been a place to inspire artists. Countless thousands have tried to claw their way up a slippery slope trying to get some kind of recognition in a city that sets the highest standards for artists, yet also puts up roadblocks at every turn.
For over 20 years, under the somewhat international sounding moniker, Zan Zone, songwriter and guitarist Zan Burnham has been putting together various musical endeavors in that city; releasing four albums, and two EP's.
Recognition has been slow, yet, still positive for as many have observed, overnight success usually takes years - or decades.
Back in 1995, Zan Zone released it's first CD, the self-titled Zan Zone, to critical acclaim and followed that up with a 3-track EP in 1997. In 2005, Zan finally released a second Zan Zone EP, the all-solo, Watching The World and followed that in up 2009 with an all-acoustic CD, Time And Materials.
Then in 2013, Zan Zone released the double-album length project, Shorts. The 73 minute project utilized 19 musicians and singers, recording 13 songs over a three year period.
Now, in late 2018, Zan Zone has just released his latest full-length album, the quite brilliant It's Only Natural.
A freeflowing flashback to the good ol' days of guitar rock, each and every one of the 11 tracks contains perfectly-prescribed melodies and grooves that will have you foot tappin' and hip swaying along, trust me!
1. 'For The Rising Sun'
2. 'It's Only Natural'
3. 'Where There's Smoke'
4. 'He's Coming Home'
5. 'Here I Go Again'
7. 'Things That Make Me Cry'
8. 'Dem Blues Is Bad'
9. 'Let It Go'
10. 'These Dreams'
11. 'Champagne Enthusiasm'
This wondrous 47-minute long album kicks off with the soaring 'For The Rising Sun,' and then bleeds seamlessly into both the mid tempo title track and the infectious 'Where's There's Smoke.'
Sung by Sabrina Clery, the guitar ballad 'He's Coming Home' is next before Zan Zone's '90s pop rock vibe / vocal (Philip Dessinger) is brought to the fore on the great 'Here I Go Again.'
The quietly melodic 'Mystery' is next and is backed by the ethereal 'Things That Make Me Cry' (Clery) with the down south grit of 'Dem Blues Is Bad' along next.
Clery takes another strong grip on the vocals for the rampant rocker 'Let It Go,' before a lo-fi Americana 'These Dreams' is brought forth. Akin to anything Neil Young has lovingly created, the album rounds out with yet another Clery vocal on the gentle hip sway of the album closer, 'Champagne Enthusiasm.'
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