Genres: pop, soft rock, indie pop
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Jun 23 - 29 2003
anyone knows about a Denmark pop band called Learning From Las
Vegas, then they'll probably be pleased to learn that there's
another similar group out there. With a bit more of a British
slant, Zikzak relies on infectious, hooky pop melodies to make
its point, and, as is also the case with LFLV, it's done well.
Anxotica is the band's second album, and it doubles as the soundtrack
for a film of the same name.
Principle songwriter Todd Stadtman has a sheer talent for
his craft - "A Popular Girl," for example, takes a simple XTC-like
song structure and converts it into an adorable pop tune that basks in
melody as well as originality. "Memory Fails Me,"
meanwhile, is a more bittersweet tune - nice but falling a bit too
close to lame soft rock territory. Throughout the rest of the
album, the listener is taken through a slick, laidback melody
adventure, but sometimes the softness of the music can become a bit
too "lite" for some tastes. Like why would you have I Can't Believe
It's Not Butter! when you can have the real thing with no calories
But these are minor complaints, and ones that will hopefully be
cleared up for the next release. And after all, you have to give
Zikzak credit for trying to inject a bit of edge into things
with a mildly rocking tune like "The Town Is Closed." In the future, however, the band may
want to focus a bit more on the rock style. But still, Anxotica
is perfect for pop fans.
12 tracks, distributed by Two
Big Toes, released 2001]