Out of this world!,
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This review is from: Boy With the X Ray Eyes (Audio CD)
If you're not familiar with the music of Babylon Zoo, than the only thing you'd probably associate with them is the high-pitched, speeded-up vocals at the beginning of their hit single 'Spaceman', made famous by the 1995 Levi's Jeans advert. But oh my word, Babylon Zoo are so much more than that. For a start, the album is heavier than you'd expect judging from that short intro alone. Layers upon layers of fuzzy, distorted guitars and robotic vocals. It's all pretty lo-fi and weirdly spacey. How would you describe this sound? Space rock? There are elements of glam, grunge and goth in there too as well as seasonings of Bhangra (due probably to frontman Jas Mann's Indian descent and Sikh roots) . The songs are all top notch. Really. There's not a bad song in there. The best ones however, in my opinion, have got to be 'Zodiac Sign', 'Spaceman', and 'Caffeine'. The lyrics can touch upon some meaty subjects, of rejection, alienation and paranoia, both in society and on a more personal level. They can also be quite profound and touching, even though expressed at times in the simplest way. Take, for example, "I'm always scared of being alone, everybody wants to be loved", from 'Zodiac Sign'.
I love this album. It has to be one of my favourites of all time. Anyone who is into Placebo, Marilyn Manson or David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust guise should probably give this a go because there are elements of them all in this, though in my experience this album truly stands alone because there is nothing exactly like it out there. I strongly recommend this album. Go on, give it a go. Judging by all the rest of the positive feedback on here, chances are you'll love it too.