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Things Are What They Used To Be

Zoot Woman Audio CD
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Zoot Woman is a British electronic music group consisting of Adam Blake, Johnny Blake and Stuart Price.

From their live shows, the group has gained a worldwide following. With the album Living in A Magazine Zoot Woman established themselves on the music scene. The live act is Adam Blake, Johnny Blake and different supporting musicians.

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  • Audio CD (21 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: zwr
  • ASIN: B002LKJRYW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Just A Friend Of Mine 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lonely By Your Side 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. More Than Ever 3:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Saturation 6:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Take You Higher 3:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Witness 3:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lust Forever 2:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Memory 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. We Won't Break 3:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Things Are What They Used To Be 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Blue Sea 3:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Live In My Head 4:050.79  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

In response to no public demand, Madonna’s recent co-writer and The Killers’ producer/remixer Stuart Price returns as part of his group, last seen in 2003, to reclaim the crown they never owned from wonky-haired electro-females. And Lady Gaga. 

Zoot Woman had their moments, particularly on the occasionally sublime debut album, Living in a Magazine. This third album eschews the blue-eyed pop-soul of that record in favour of exhuming the bones of electro-clash (if ever the dead should be left in peace…) and, of course, the 80s.  

Surprisingly, considering Price’s phone contacts, there are no guest spots. Admittedly few could have added to the pointless, drill-looking-for-a-wall grind of Lust Forever, but elsewhere they may have helped. 

As with the best electronica, the plaintive vocals sit comfortably over chirpily driven backdrops, but to varying effect. The frantic synths of Lonely by Your Side work with seasoned proficiency and although the lack of harmonies, such as on Witness, can make for gruelling listening, they will not disappoint fans of Depeche Mode’s more industrial moments.  

It is impossible to talk about this album without mentioning its influences, as if they were any clearer it’d be wearing a sandwich board. We Won’t Break has a pining bass à la New Order, with whom Price also worked. As a remixer he has unavoidably picked up tricks, most evidently on the single Saturation which shares such similarities with The Killers’ Smile Like You Mean It. It is one of a handful of excellent tracks here.

But Things… suffers from being too knowing, its makers needing to relax a little more – at no point does it sound like they’re having as much fun as they should to warrant a comeback, and this patchy album perhaps follows modern 80s influences too closely. It remains platitudinal electro, serving at best to provoke investigation of their back catalogue. --Tom Hocknell

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The electro-clash survivors are at their most impressive yet: combining rip-your-heart-out lyrics with instantly singable melodies and frosty synths, all tinged with the occasional flurry of string and disco riffs. This is a masterclass in modern electronic music, finessed by innovation and emotional depth. 8/10 Camilla Pia --nme --nme

More Than Ever wraps undying love up in big keyboard stabs, Witness is an effective moody stomp, and Lonely By Your Side a personal/existential crisis in a three-minute pop song can hold its head up among their heroes. Dave Simpson --The Guardian --The Guardian

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5.0 out of 5 stars THINGS ARE WHAT THEY USED TO BE 20 Sep 2009
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A Masterclass in Modern Electronic Music, Beautifully sung, rip your heart out lyrics. A fresh classic production that kicks arse, well worth the wait.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent return.. 29 Sep 2009
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First new material since 2003..pretty much carries on from where they left off with their first 2 albums..Still unsure why they've failed to crack the UK charts though?..they're as good as any other electronic band that's been around in the last decade and far better than the likes of the irritating over-hyped Killers & Snow Patrol.
If you loved their previous work then you will not be dissappointed with this new offering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zoot Woman, where you been the last six years? 25 Sep 2009
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Zoot Woman has put together another really terrific album (their third LP effort so far). This one is a bit more sedate than the last two forays, but still recognizable as the work of Blake, Blake, and Price. One of the tracks, "We Won't Break," has been available as a download for almost two years, and the band has been doing a LOT of live performances, for like, uhmmmmm, forever. Still, you have to ask: "Zoot Woman, where have been the last six years?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars About time they came back! 26 Sep 2009
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The first two songs are just about perfect electronic pop. I had heard 'Lonely By Your Side' a year or two ago and didn't think anything could top it but 'Just A Fried Of Mine' is simply addictive. I rarely put a song on repeat but this one has seen a couple or more of repeat plays! There's a trio of perfect electronic pop songs on here actually, the closer 'Live In My Head' is equally memorable.

'More Than Ever' with it's trademark 80's elements and 'Saturation' are also great songs, what has always been good about Zoot Woman is their propensity to weave a few catchy synth or melodic hooks into the rhythms, rather than just laying down a beat, a simple melody and singing over it. They probably aim more for the head rather than the dancefloor but part of the appeal is you would dance to it if you did hear most of their songs in a club.

'Take You Higher' is ok, a slower song much in the same vein as 'Woman Wonder' off their previous album.

'Lust Forever' is almost an electronic Muse song, don't know if that's a good thing or not, haha, but it works well enough.

'Memory' almost has a krautrock rhythmic drumming sound to it at the start but it doesn't quite work for me.

I'm willing to give this album 5 stars due to the fantastic quality of some of the pop songs on here and that it's good to see them back at last. You know what you're getting with Zoot Woman and fans are unlikely to be disappointed, it should drag in a few new fans too. Take a listen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No surprises but still very good 7 Sep 2009
By Martin - Published on Amazon.com
I am a big fan of the previous, eponymous, album of Zoot Woman. I think this one is in the straight line of the previous one. You will find the same type of sound (eighties looking, electro-clash) and the same quality of compostion (lots of their song are good in an accoustic setting, which is always a good sign). Not much surprises thus, but that does not prevent the album to be very good. I peculiarly love the bass sound of this group (especially on Saturation).

Because of the quiet voice of the singer and the electronic polished sound, at first, this music could sound a bit too tailored for elevators, but definitely, there is lot of energy in there.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 19 July 2011
By R. A. Uzor - Published on Amazon.com
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great album. mostly dance and some just for good meditation. pick you ones you like(all for me) and run with it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty great CD 24 Nov 2010
By Christopher T. Weekly - Published on Amazon.com
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This album was actually recommended to me from Amazon based on my previous purchases, and I'm so glad that I decided to check it out. Before that, I never heard of Zoot Woman, but after buying this album, I can't get enough. This is a great album, the music flows nicely, and there are some great beats and lyrics. Overall, I'm glad that I got this album, it's very easy to listen to, and puts me in a great mood. It's a lot of fun.
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, grown-up. 3 July 2010
By Jacob M. Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
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I've gradually grown more respectful of those albums which can be played from beginning to end without interruption. This is one of those albums. Intelligent, experienced lyrics, infectious beats. A great find that I owe to Pandora's randowm playback choice :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm really feeling this album 30 Aug 2009
By Riyan - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to agree with the last review. The negative review brings no meaning to how I feel about this album. If you are a fan of their last album U will not be disappointed with this one.
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