To pinpoint one specific genre to Zoe and The Lost Boys sound is pretty much impossible. There is such a great array of many different genres that are fused together to make each and every song on the album. Right away Zoe’s vocals sprung out and screamed 90’s alternative, Edie Brickell was the first name to pop into my head as Zoe finished her first lyrical line in “Mischief In Dreams”. But there is also a hint of country/folk that is brought out in her vocals as well which is induced by the instrumental aspect of the song. As I listened to the album a few times you I seemed to pick up a hint of Jazz as well, and this is just scratching the surface of the album.
Each song on the album has its own characteristics and personal sound. Just three songs into the album the entire of the album changes as the slow tempo song of “These Ruins” plays out. Now the album has changed and moved into a completely different course, now there are the sounds of Jazz, Gospel and Blues. After the first two words that Zoe sings out Bruce swoops in on the organ and takes this song away. Francois on the electric guitar provides the smooth blues sound to the song. Zoe proves rather quickly that there is much more to her vocals than what you will hear in the opening two numbers. The 90’s alternative sound has all but disappeared and has been replaced with what seems to be a fine blend of blues, soul and folk, but it is the moodiness in her vocals as the song progresses that really stands out. The edgier sound of her vocals hits at just the right time to really make the lyrics stand out in the song.
My favourite song off of Love Lives here is their fifth song “Mysterious Grove”, as the song began for the first time I had no idea what I was about to hear at they played out their quick intro for the song I thought here I was going to hear a rock song in the middle of the album, instead I was greeted with a up tempo alt country song. The lyrics in the song are one of my favourite aspects about the song. I had to listen to “Mysterious Grove” a few times before I could soak in what Zoe was singing(talk about down to earth lyrics).
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