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Zan Zone: It’s Only Natural

I recently reviewed the Zan Zone CD Shorts (will be posting shortly) which I quite enjoyed. Well, the Brooklyn based guitarist Zan Burnham is back with his latest effort titled It’s Only Natural. Burnham has assembled a pretty fabulous band for this effort mostly in the melodic rock/singer/songwriter niche with forays into jazz and blues. Burnham is a good singer and an excellent guitar player with a strong sense of melody. These songs are all pretty catchy starting with the instrumental “For The Rising Sun” where the rhythms are irresistible and the fiery guitar solo never loses the melody. Next is the uplifting spirit of “It’s Only Natural”. The multiple vocals works very well and is a definite highlight. The retro ‘70s rock of “Where There’s Smoke” with its burning guitar and soulful vocals, the smoky ballad “He’s Coming Home” and the lazily floating “Mystery” featuring great playing from Burnham are more stand out tracks. For some blues you can’t go wrong with “Dem Blues Is Bad” and for pretty acoustic guitar “Things That Make Me Cry” should do the trick. It’s a heartfelt and emotive track straight from the heart. The disc ends with the jazz inflected retro pop of “Champagne Enthusiasm” featuring the best vocal arrangement on the disc.

It’s Only Natural is a very nice follow up to Shorts. If singer/songwriter retro pop rock with forays into blues and jazz is in your wheelhouse you really should give this one a spin. Very nice indeed.

Track Listing:
1. For The Rising Sun (2:45)
2. It’s Only Natural (3:37)
3. Where There’s Smoke (4:40)
4. He’s Coming Home (3:38)
5. Here I Go Again (3:53)
6. Mystery (4:20)
7. Things That Make Me Cry (4:30)
8. Dem Blues Is Bad (7:42)
9. Let It Go (3:05)
10. These Dreams (4:42)
11. Champagne Enthusiasm (4:13)

Added: May 6th 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
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Zan Zone: It’s Only Natural
Posted by John Patrick Robbins, SoT Staff Writer on 2019-05-06 13:21:48
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In this fourth studio album from Brooklyn based band Zan Zone, we are treated to a smooth mix of diverse styles from the opening instrumental track "For The Rising Sun" which is a refreshing way to start out.

The album moves fairly quickly with tracks like "He's Coming Home" that truly stand out as the band opens up and truly allows fantastic vocalist Sabrina Clery to shine .

This album definitely has its moments in later tracks like "Mystery" which is a smooth track matched by excellent guitar work from Zan Burnham, to the touching track "Things That Make You Cry", where once again we see that Clery's vocals matched with Burnham's playing is truly a winning combination .

The album comes to a close with "Champagne Enthusiasm", an almost jazzy sixties rock vibe song that's easy on the ears and a fine close to the album.

Zan Zone shows many things in this album and a ton of promise for the future definitely, worth a listen .

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