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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

With their fusion of reggae, heavy rock, dub and funk, the Sons of Zion are a six piece crew based in Auckland. Their live stage presence has captivated audiences all over the country with their infectious sound, a mixture of reggae groove with melodic vocals, phat dubb bass lines and heavily distorted guitar rifts… there’s something for every musical taste within their original set.

Since their 2007 New Zealand Music Month debut, the Sons Of Zion have continued to build momentum in the NZ music industry and have stamped their unique sound locally at festivals such as Parachute, Native Noise Waitangi Day, Maoriside Tour and the 2008 V8 Super Cars just to name a few.

Although the group are fairly new on the roots scene they’ve already been scouted out to share the stage with some of the country’s best loved roots acts including Kora, Katchafire, The Black Seeds, Cornerstone Roots, Opensouls and House Of Shem.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Sons Of Zion

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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