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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Emily Zuzik Band - The Wild Joys Of Living

Emily Zuzik Band - The Wild Joys Of Living
2011, Emily Zuzik Band/Maenades Music
Emily Zuzik has been known in the Indie world for over ten years, first for her work with Sexfresh and then as a solo artist.  Having toured throughout the US and UK, Zuzik has seen her stock rise at a slow and steady pace over the years.  Over the past couple of years, however, Zuzik's in-demand status has hit critical mass.  First there was the collaboration with Moby, and then Zuzik was chosen to sing the theme song to NBC's Love Bites.  Zuzik gets back to work with the release of her seventh album, The Wild Joys Of Living.  Produced by Chris Cubeta, The Wild Joys Of Living blends Americana and pop in a sound reminiscent of Sheryl Crow.
 Emily Zuzik has a voice you simply want to listen to, but she seems to get overly comfortable at times on The Wild Joys Of Living.  “You Want To Go Out Tonight” is a buoyant, 1980’s style pop/rock number; catchy yet reserved.  The chorus here is a real winner, based on a hook so pervasive you can’t avoid it.  “Feels Like Rain” is similar in design, with a chorus you won’t be able to get out of your head.  The dark feel of “Motels” is intriguing, but Zuzik slows down and gets stuck in a bit of a rut over the next couple of songs.  “How Did You Get So Good” is a return to form, however; a fun and provocative number where Zuzik’s voice shows the gritty sexiness of Chrissie Hynde.  The last two tracks, “Step back” and “You Know When You Know” are low key and light on energy.
Emily Zuzik has the sort of voice that will keep listeners engaged even if she’s simply vocalizing.  The material of The Wild Joys Of Living is better than simple vocalizations, but is very up and down.  At her best, Zuzik sounds like a superstar with all the tools, but it seems like Zuzik may have gotten a little too comfortable at times on The Wild Joys Of Living.  This is a solid effort with some great moments.
Rating: 3.5 Stars (Out of 5)
Learn more about Emily Zuzik at or Wild Joys Of Living is available from as a CD or Download.  The album is also available via iTunes.

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