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Sons Of Zion - Sons of Zion album review

18 Oct 2009 // A review by Miss_Jukebox
According to a calendar it is not Summer. If you follow the weather then it absolutely does not feel like Summer. But Sons of Zion have arrived and declared it IS Summer right now. And this band is so captivating you cannot help but believe them. Sons of Zion, their self-titled album, personifies an afternoon under the sun, enjoying a three-scoop ice-cream, where nothing can go wrong. This fusion band really have conveyed an array of genres from roots to rock therefore this is an album everyone can and should acquire.

It begins with the most beautiful opening to an album you would have heard in a long time, those first forty-seven seconds make you drop everything to listen to Sons of Zion. The album then shifts full blast into the first song, ‘Running.’ This song has familiar reggae rhythms and a masterful drum lead-in which then moves into gorgeous vocals. ‘Forward Movement’ brings a heavier funk rhythm. With a soulful electric guitar melody that is juxtaposed with synths, the vocals transmit a little more grit.

A show-stopping opening cements ‘Homey Girl’ as a highlight of the album. The song is pure romance containing all the highs of falling in love. ‘Without You’ has a nostalgic innocence that transports you to the waves of past summers. Half-way along the self-titled album and already it will have you sun kissed.

A feisty ‘Keep on Skankin’’ retains all the intrigue of Sons of Zion. It possesses the classic roots tempo with silky harmonies laid above it. ‘In Your Arms’ lets the electric guitar take centre-stage with a real rock’n’roll swagger that accompanies the fresh reggae beats. ‘Waiting Right Here’ features rapping by Hazadus who is commanding alongside the smouldering vocals.

‘Be With You’ has the chivalry that is lacking in so much music these days. Containing syrupy lyrics that have all the tenderness of‘old-school’ adoration, it is hard not to become smitten with this band. ‘Genesis’ is an energetic instrumental which makes for an epic conclusion to this wondrous album.

Sons of Zion is stunningly arranged and superbly performed. It is the album to welcome Summer. This band has all the makings of becoming one of this country’s most prominent dub fusion acts, and having performed with acclaimed artists like The Black Seeds and Katchafire they deserve to be ranked among our best. It does not matter where or when you listen to this album Sons of Zion unquestionably know how to delight any listener. Here is a bona fide feel-good album that, for ten songs, convinces you that it is Summer.

-By Janise
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About Sons Of Zion

Sons of Zion have well and truly earned their place in the upper echelons of New Zealand music. From their humble Kiwi beginnings, to playing shows across the globe and dominating charts, Sons of Zion have amassed an impressive 48.5 million streams on Spotify, more than 15 million views on YouTube and 100,000-plus followers on social media.

For members Rio, Sam, Joel, Matt, Ross, and Caleb, it’s a track record that has established them as one the southern hemisphere’s most-loved and well-respected bands. In autumn 2018 the band made their mark with latest single Drift Away. Drift Away has been the #1 most played song on New Zealand radio for 3 weeks running, achieving the #1 NZTop20 NZ Single and almost 3 million streams and over 130,000 video views.

The track is featured on their brand new album Vantage Point, alongside a slew of their other hits including Now and Is That Enough (Ft. Aaradhna) – both #1 NZ & Urban Airplay Singles. Vantage Point hit #3 on the iTunes Album Chart, as well as entering the Billboard’s Reggae Chart at #9. Sons of Zion made their mark in 2009 with their self-titled debut album, following it up in 2013 with their full-length studio album Universal Love, which included the smash singles Be My Lady, Good Love and Tell Her - the latter two songs achieving #1 Urban and #1 NZ Airplay respectively. The hits continued to flow with Stuck on Stupid, Fill Me Up, I’m Ready and Hungover, winning over new and old fans alike.

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Releases

Vantage Point
Year: 2018
Type: Album
The Jukebox Suite
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Universal Love
Year: 2013
Type: Album
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Sons Of Zion
Year: 2009
Type: Album

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