Thursday, May 03, 2007

CD of the Day, 5/3/07: Zombies of the Stratosphere-The Well-Mannered Look

NYC's Zombies of the Stratosphere pretty much sound like you'd expect off their name: 60s-inspired pop and psychedelia. Although one might be tempted to think they're named after The Zombies and XTC's psychedelic alter ego The Dukes of Stratosphear, the name actually comes from a 50s sci-fi serial. Nevertheless, Rod Argent and Andy Partridge would still be proud as these Zombies have their sound down, along with a helping of The Kinks and The Small Faces.

Opener "Thrush" wouldn't have sounded out of place on Odyssey & Oracle, while "Barber Street" and the title track nail the Ray Davies day-in-the-life-of-an-everyman narrative and sound. "Boy With The Shades" is a lushly orchestrated midtempo number that recalls The Left Banke, while "Decisions" rocks with abandon and "The Story of Your Life" has a great combination of jangle and music-hall stomp. The bottom line is that if it were 1969 and we were on Carnaby Street, these guys would be gods. Since it's 2007, they'll just have to settle for the admiration of discerning power poppers like you and I.

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