Few can argue the legacy of the Zombies, a seminal sixties band whose album Odessey and Oracle was considered the apex of the British Invasion.
The group split up in 1968, but a few years ago organist Rod Argent and vocalist Colin Blunstone revived The Zombies as a band, and they have recorded the all-new album Breathe Out, Breathe In. The results aren’t predictable; on the title track I really thought I was listening to a lost Steely Dan song, blending R&B and jazz influences into a sweet piano-led theme. I need not worry long about the band’s sound, as “Any Other Way” is a new Zombies classic that stands alongside past hits. Blunstone’s vocals are truly ageless, and an impressive guitar break elevates the song.
“Play it for Real” starts with a Beatles “Hey Bulldog” homage in the main melody,and it’s got some nice harmonies in the chorus. “Shine on Sunshine” is the album’s most poignant and beautiful melody, it compares very well to Paul McCartney’s “The Long and Winding Road” and will surely bring a tear to your eye. Argent’s organ drives the blues-based “Show Me The Way,” and likewise on the impressive rocker “Another Day,” complete with dramatic flourishes similar to Procol Harum. The album leans heavily on some gospel influences within the last few tracks, but these indulgences are expected from a band that hasn’t been together for so many years. Overall, Breathe Out, Breathe In is a very good album that fans can embrace for what it is. Compared to other surviving sixties legends, I’d say the Zombies are far from buried.