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Will be of interest to anybody who likes their Rock flavoured with Blues and given a 1970s production feel.

German act Zodiac issued their first album 'A Bit Of A Devil' which I reviewed in Fireworks #54, rating it for its retro Blues-Rock feel and entertaining songs. The follow up album now sees them residing on the Napalm label, and embracing some growth in the song-writing.

The atmospheric 'Who I Am' intro leads into 'Swinging On The Run', which juxtaposes 1970s Classic Rock and a Bluesy, almost Jazzy, second half of the six minutes worth of material. 'Sonic Child' is a more traditional Rock effort, allowing vocalist Nick van Delft to lead you through before the rhythm section kicks in. Listen out for the impressive 'Holding On' with its hypnotic bass line running throughout the verse.

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'Sad Song' is exactly that while 'Out Of The City' has some real grit and power, plus some Honky-Tonk-esque piano bubbling under in the mix. The band have always had a flair for Blues and 'A Penny And A Dead Horse' shows that in no uncertain terms, marking it out as the highlight of the album for me. 'Just Music' is noteworthy with its groovy Pop approach and there's an excellent cover of Bachman Turner Overdrive's 'Not Fragile' to round things off.

It's another solid effort from the band and one that will be of interest to anybody who likes their Rock flavoured with Blues and given a 1970s production feel.

James Gaden

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