I bought this album, knowing it would be a little different from his previous works, but knowing that Tony Visconti was still the producer. After being blown away by Tanx, I assumed that all of the rumors that The Slider was the last great T. Rex album were false. And again, Zinc Alloy proves them wrong.
It's no where near classic T. Rex, but it's far from bad. The addition of Gloria Jones (as backup singer, but sounding more like co-vocalist) is alarming, but quite nice at points, adding authenticity to the new soul direction Marc wanted to go in. The guitar experiments are sometimes shocking, sometimes unpleasant, but overall, they work.
The lyrics are weird, but they've always been weird. This time there's someone else singing them, too, which makes it more odd, but whatever! It's T. Rex!
If you're only interested in the material you may have heard on the radio, stick to Slider and Electric Warrior, even Tanx. If you like T. Rex, and want to know where they were headed, check this out with an open mind. Some artists grow, while some digress. Marc was growing, and I'm looking forward to finding out how much further he got.