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Sons Of Zion - Album Review: Vantage Point

28 May 2018 // A review by ShelleySketch
Sons of Zion have been rather quiet since their 2017 EP, The Jukebox Suite, but after the release of their single Drift Away, you could really sense something great was coming. That something is their new album Vantage Point.

The album cover is a geometric design showing a ladder going from 1 level to another, to the “vantage point”. I think the orange colour reflects the positive Summer vibe this album gives off.

Vantage Point provides quite a range with regards to lyrics and music. The tracks jump between fun and upbeat like Mash It Up featuring Israel Starr and Reggae-style tracks like Early In The Morning to slower tracks such as So Bright. This makes each track flow effortlessly together while touching on a few different subjects. Leave With Me is about meeting someone and wanting to take them home, whereas Same Old Me is about the past and present. Same Old Me somewhat made me miss my carefree childhood days.

Other features on the album include Pacific artists Fiji and the beautiful Aaradhna. Is That Enough featuring Aaradhna was released last year with an accompanying video which comes across as a jam session. The accompanying video for Drift Away was focused on a lovely Summer romance and reflects the Summer vibe in the album.

Vantage Point is vocally very strong. It is hard to go past the RnB and Soul vocals that feature throughout the album, providing a smooth relaxing flow throughout. Sons of Zion seem to be refreshed and Vantage Point is sure to do well. I am sure that when the Summer weather returns, this album will be anywhere and everywhere.

★★★★★ (5 stars)


Review written by Shelley Te Haara
 

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
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Sons Of Zion
Year: 2009
Type: Album

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