8/10 Dave Staff review, 24 June 2010
Zoo Animal are a three piece from the good ol' U.S of A. and have a taut dry sound that I quite like. It reminds me of early Cat Power in the vocal styling's and delivery of singer/guitarist Holly Newsom. Some of the songs are heartfelt minimalist ballads, some of them stomp around like a kitten in heavy hiking boots. The whole thing is held together by a super tight rhythm section who know when to back off when called for and to up the ante when the songs need to push on the emotional undercurrent button. Some of the tracks are uplifting while others are so heartfelt you can literally taste the salty tears of goodness. It's always good when a band have an idea where they want to be and what they want to sound like and these characters have both of these down pat. A good album and a haunting, evocative listen.
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