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ZONOSCOPE CD

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  • Audio CD (7 Feb. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Modular
  • ASIN: B004FJHC76
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Need You Now
  2. Take Me Over
  3. Where I'm Going
  4. Pharoahs & Pyramids
  5. Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution
  6. Strange Nostalgia for the Future
  7. This Is All We've Got
  8. Alisa
  9. Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat
  10. Corner of the Sky
  11. Sun God

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BBC Review

Melbourne’s Cut Copy first came to attention to UK audiences with their Bright Like Neon Love album in 2004, mostly due to support slots with the likes of Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand. Despite still keeping a fairly low profile here since, they’ve become big news in their native Australia where their last album – 2008’s In Ghost Colours – shot straight to the top of the albums chart. They’ve since started to make their mark in the States, and today they’re pretty much the star act on the indispensible Modular label.

With the original trio of Dan Whitford, Tim Hoey and Mitchell Dean Scott now a quartet with the addition of bassist Ben Browning, the band here present a third album aimed at consolidating the success and goodwill gained after In Ghost Colours – one of the finest records of its kind from the past few years. Recorded and produced by the band in their homeland before being mixed by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), Zonoscope acts as a comedown to the previous high of IGC, adding more percussion and having a mildly psychedelic air about its proceedings.

This 11-tracker touches on all the key references of the past 30 years – a Tom Tom Club feel is thrown into the mix on Pharaohs & Pyramids, while Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution could be a perkier LCD Soundsystem. Starting off superbly with Need You Now, which sounds like OMD all future’d up and taken down a rave, the Andy McCluskey-ness of Whitford’s voice later makes the jolly glam thud beneath Where I’m Going sound not unlike OMD’s latter-day cheesier period. This is All We’ve Got bounds into Doves dimensions, with an in-and-out sway akin to the Manchester band’s more windswept moments.

Elsewhere, Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat is further proof that Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night still seems to be a key album for the dance set down under, and closer Sun God chugs into a 15-minute odyssey. A flimsy Rapture-fronted-by-Bobby Gillespie rap bit about a quarter of the way through doesn’t help it, but it nevertheless builds into a propulsive monster going through phases of sound emanation, man.

While not quite the amazing leap that Cut Copy made from Bright Like Neon Love to In Ghost Colours, Zonoscope is by no means a bad album. But it is one that will probably sound better when wafting across a field during festival season.

--Ian Wade

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Format: Audio CD
I pre-ordered this album with a degree of glee, having been completely smitten by the breakthrough sophomore effort In Ghost Colours, which was a huge step up from their promising debut, Bright Like Neon Love. The packaging is divine in this deluxe edition - great box set and bonus DVD of the making of Zonoscope, in which we get to see that Dan Whitford is a music geek and proud, rummaging through racks of vinyl and talking about enjoying an album as an "experience".

Now, with Zonoscope, the experience *should* be there for the taking, but sadly, on my CD copy (and clearly on many others too, judging by these reviews) there are two-second pauses between tracks. This isn't a problem for the small number of tracks that simply fade out. However, when a song ends with a bubbling electronic sound, then cuts off dead for two seconds, then resumes with the exact same sound, you know that this was supposed to be a seamless fit. It breaks the continuity. I am disappointed. If anyone has a CD that doesn't do this, please say, because I am loath to send this back only to have the same problem again. I much prefer physical music products to mp3 downloads so it is quite galling that this beautiful deluxe package seems to have a silly, avoidable error.

Quibble aside, Cut Copy have delivered the goods with this album. It's not In Ghost Colours. There is no song on here to rival the dizzying heights of Lights and Music. However, Zonoscope is a consistently very, very good record. The first thing I noticed was the sound has morphed from the indie disco sheen of In Ghost Colours to a more tribal, percussive sound. It's also a slightly muddier sound - the drums are not particularly dominant in the mix, but they're there.
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Format: Audio CD
Great great CD and great songs and great cover. But how is it possible that while listening to the CD from the beginning to the end I have to face these crazy gaps between songs which are obviously supposed to be without any pauses and tied one to the other (e.g. see transition from track no. 4 to track no.5)? That really ruins the listening experience of the album. Wonder if that is a defect of a particular batch of CD. If anyone knows (e.g. Modular recordings) please let all the others know in order to substitute faulty CDs.
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Format: Audio CD
Well I'm going to admit I was totally addicted to Cut Copy's "In Ghost Colours" album (which I might just add you should def get as well if you haven't already) but never really knew that they had released a second. So when I discovered Zonoscope I was a tad over excited and was expecting, as so often happens with second albums, it not match up the the previous one. This was not the case - I listened to it the whole way through without even stopping. Twice.
It is similar in style to their first album and yet each song is still distinctively different. It is also one of those more subtle albums that don't necessarily grab you the very first time you hear the song, but the tunes build and build in such a way that you don't get bored of them and after the initial few listens they are in your head and you just want to play them over and over again.
So yeah, may have got a little carried away there, but what can I say.. it's awesome. Need You Now is my fave track on the album. But when listening to it online before buying I could only find a shortened version that was only 3mins long or so - the version on the album is 6mins which allows it to build for longer, and so it is infinitely better. Gettit. It's ace.
(Ps. If you like cut copy try The Naked and Famous - I just discovered them and think I'm in love)
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A Kid's Review on 20 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Quite disappointed with the pauses between songs.
I can't understand how a record company can commit this error.
The album is so good but I'm very disappointed.
I believe that Modular Records should return the money to those who have bought this defective copy.
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Format: Audio CD
Cut Copy have quite an interesting pedigree their early work sounding quite nu-rave - despite the band coming from Australia which isn't a place one naturally associates with cool club friendly music. In fact Cut Copy are a very un-Australian band. With each album they have developed their sound and "Zonoscope", their third on super cool label Modular, has given their sound a number of highly accomplished embellishments.

Compared to their previous album this is much a more song structured work, maturing and broadening their sound into a lot of interesting areas. Tracks such as "This Is All We've Got" have a psychedelic undercurrent whilst "Ailsa" and "Where I'm Going" are clearly pieces with a melodic feel moving into the indie/pop area. There are still songs which feel more like the earlier incarnation such as "Pharaohs & Pyramids" and "Need You Now" which could fit onto the last album although the latter also sounds like it could just as easily fit on something by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark.

There are echoes of all kinds of influence throughout the album. Addition of bassist Ben Browning has given them something of a deeper sound. It is a slickly created work and there really isn't a bad track here. Reminding your ears of everything from New Order through to Hot Chip, this is a hugely enjoyable album brimming with danceable beats and melodies attached to well-structured high quality songs. It's a long album but it really doesn't flag thanks to this consistency. Closing tracks "Corner Of The Sky" - a percussive synth heavy groove - and the epic "Sun God" are the firmest reminders that Cut Copy aren't ready to give up their dance roots yet. The latter is something of a highlight building to a wonderful electronic climax conjuring up images of vintage era Giorgio Moroder. Never uninteresting, this is a definite highlight of 2011.
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