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Zack Orr

"The Unstoppable Lift" CD


Genres: pop, rock, funk

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Oct 13 - 19 2003

Zack Orr's The Unstoppable Lift is a seven-song album that is influenced by a wide range of genres, including pop, jazz, funk, and electronica.  The melodies are good and everything's tightly played and produced, although often the songs go on for too long and dwell too much on limited pools of melody.

An example is "Machines," which consists of a verse-and-chorus melody with some neat, electronic beats.  It isn't bad, although its six-and-a-half minute duration means the listener gets bored by the end.  The four minute "Snow Fell Black" is better; it's an elegant pop number with a warm, cozy feel.   Meanwhile, "Funk for Breakfast" is a standard yet passable funk tune and "Sounds Like the Future to Me" is a laidback but way too long pop number with an electronic beat.

This is a good album, but not a great one.  Hopefully, next time around, Zack will have a winner on his hands.  He certainly has the songwriting talent to shine if he wants to.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by CD Baby, released 2002]