I first stumbled upon The Austin-based band Zookeeper, led by Chris Simpson (the former songwriter and front man for the bands Mineral and The Gloria Record) due to theÂ forceÂ Â of the mp3 blog world. I was familiar with Mineral and The Gloria Record, so checking this LP out seemed both responsible and inevitable.
With Previous bands, Simpson would have been classified somewhere between Shoegazer and Emo. Today Simpson's LP is traditional pop in the purest sense.Â The results don't always pay dividends as the album comes apart at times.Â Songs seem overlayered yet under-produced at the same time. Everyone's A DJ appears staggering, almost drunk. Ballad Of My Friends, is aÂ jangly romp Complete with "Ooooos", which although appealing (I am a sucker for a good Oooooo) are off key. Leaves one to wonder is it intentionally off-key?
There are other, appealing tracks here just don't compare it to the hype.
Become All Things is a nice album of piano-bar sing alongs with deep mood swings. It will not go down as one of the best of 2007, or live up to the hype, but the songs shoud find a nice place on your IPOD
7 out of 10 Stars