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Albums Of The Week: The Zombies | Different Game

The game may have changed, but the resurrected British psychedelic rockers are still playing for keeps on this surprisingly lively offering — their first album in eight years.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The latest release from veteran psych-popsters The Zombies, Different Game is the followup to their 2015 studio release Still Got That Hunger. This album is what the current-day Zombies were meant to make. It has the vintage qualities that made them stand out in the 1960s, yet still sounds modern and reflects their continued development as songwriters and musicians.

Nine of the 10 tracks are written by Rod Argent, with the closer The Sun Will Rise Again by Colin Blunstone. Rod produced the album, which includes a small string ensemble on three tracks. The band began working on this album in 2019, but it was delayed by the pandemic because the band strongly prefer to record together and capture a live band performance in the studio, as they had to do in the 1960s. They were not willing to make this album remotely.

The second U.K. band (following The Beatles) to score a No. 1 hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960’s hit singles She’s Not There and Tell Her No. Ironically, the group broke up just prior to achieving their greatest success — the worldwide chart-topping single Time Of The Season, from their swan-song album Odessey & Oracle, ranked No. 100 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. To this day, generations of new bands have cited The Zombies’ work as pop touchstones, and the band continue to be embraced by new generations of fans.

Following the break up of the original band, lead vocalist Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career (with hits including Say You Don’t Mind, What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted and Old & Wise with Alan Parsons Project), while keyboardist/songwriter Argent rocked ’70s arenas with his eponymous band Argent (Hold Your Head Up, God Gave Rock ’n’ Roll To You), but the legend of The Zombies took on a life of its own. By the start of the new millennium, Blunstone and Argent were inspired to resurrect the band.

The explosive release of Still Got That Hunger proved that Zombies fever was stronger than ever — it even sparked a historical moment on the Billboard charts, as Odessey And Oracle re-entered the Billboard 100 48 years after its release. And while their2019 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction marked a major triumph in their five-decade career, but you can be sure they won’t rest on their laurels. The Zombies’ story continues.”