“What’s Your Name” and “As it Should Be” are slickly produced tunes that bring to mind Counting Crows, but with a little more gravel in Zonana’s voice. “Holiday” starts off like the beginning of Roxy Music’s “More Than This,” but rocks just a bit harder and has a huge chorus. “Way Home” is nicely laced with keyboard sounds, and has melodic flair that would make even Lennon and McCartney take notice. The best track by far is “Painkiller,” a moody, haunting song about the addiction of a woman’s love or, more likely, lust.
The only drawback, be it a small one, is that this record is too short. Six songs to be exact, and after those six I’m left wanting to hear more. Lucky for me I have Zonana’s previous release, which is equally good. Either way the songs and the production of Saul Zonana’s music seem to get better and better with each record. Fans of quality singer/songwriters will want to snatch this one up and say they knew his music before the rest of the world did.
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other Saul Zonana reviews:
Guinea Pigs (2002)