Album: The Zombies, Breathe Out, Breathe In (Red House)

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Having revisited their 1960s landmark Odessey and Oracle a few years back, Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone here revive The Zombies as a going concern, with a new album that repositions the band within the sonic lineage of Steely Dan.

The serpentine melodies and smart-aleck musical chops of tracks like "Any Other Way" and the title-track could have come off Aja or Gaucho, and elsewhere an authentic 1960s prog-pop tone is sustained through Argent's surging organ and sly piano, combined with the layered harmonies of Blunstone, whose voice seems impressively unravaged by time. There are echoes of "The Long and Winding Road" in "Shine on Sunshine", while the reflective "A Moment in Time" could have come from Odessey and Oracle itself.

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