Album Review: Zeus - Busting Visions
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3/5 Canadian four piece Zeus are somewhat of an unknown quantity in the UK, but their sophomore effort Busting Visions could change all that with an album that is a throwback to our musical past. It is an authentic, nostalgic album that is needed in a time when music is filled with manufactured songs and artists. A standout effort from the album is soulful ballad Hello, Tender Love. Here the contrast between the songs slow, smooth verse and a powerful, hook filled chorus is used to great effect. Lyrically it is a romantic song about an intense love, with frontman Jason Collett stating: ‘Hello tender love, I’m on fire alone with you.’ Are You Gonna Waste My Time is the album's opener and another of the its strong moments. It is a melodic, riff heavy track that showcases the bands song writing talents. It is classic rock in every sense of the word and would not be out of place being played by Faces, a clear influence in this track. Love In a Game immediately evokes memories of Queen. It is a track filled with twinkling piano led melodies, beautiful harmonies, and a fuzzy guitar solo all fitting together in this bouncy, yet melancholic effort. Other highlights of the track include the infectious piano led Messengers Way and the dreamy Strong Mind with its meandering ambiance. However with such variety there should be a track that caters to everyone’s tastes on the album. Although a very strong effort, Busting Visions is somewhat distorted in its focus, with some tracks coming across more as a pastiche to their 70s rock heroes than unique efforts. That’s not to say the band should discard their Beatles infused sound. With a sharper focus Zeus surely can forge ahead and become world-beaters in their own right and inject the mainstream with some genuine talent.
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