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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
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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