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The whole album has an amateurish feel.

Golden Zip is a French sextet who, if you believe the band’s press release, specialise (hmm) in “bubble gum pop played at full speed and colourful rock with a hint of hip-swinging sexually charged soul funk”. Now when I first read that it brought to mind late 80s Dan Reed and Living Colour. 40 minutes later after playing the album through for the first time, I decided I would never read anything into future press releases. (Precisely…Reviews Ed)

From the opening song ‘Addictions’ through to the closing ‘Life Is A Game’, I was scratching my head wondering who could possibly get excited by ‘Bring To Fever Pitch’. I was reminded of the post punk pop meanderings of Steve Harley on more than one occasion and the repetitive semi-psychedelic ramblings of ‘Fed Up With You’ and ‘Hurry Up’ hinted at late 70s Hawkwind. Overly repetitive melodies are actually a recurring flaw, symptomatic of the bulk of the album’s material and an indication of half-baked ideas expanded enough to be called a ‘song’.

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The whole album has an amateurish feel, the loose performances simply adding to the inadequacies of the songs and demonstrating a distinct lack of intent and spirit. Luc’s vocals are an acquired taste, tending to grate and not the result of an accent, failing to inject any kind of real identity into the material. The guitars of Pedrit and Max jangle in and out of the songs, never deciding whether they want to cut loose or re-invent an annoying reggae riff. Generally the songs follow the same formula though thankfully ‘I’m Not The Same’ has a sense of urgency about it….thankfully because it means the song seems to end a lot sooner.

Nine times out of ten I think I know whether I will like an album after just one spin but even if I don’t, for review purposes, I will play it at least couple more times. After one spin I did not like ‘Bring To Fever Pitch’ and that opinion remained the same two hours later.

Dave Bott

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