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Take Me Hom (Zox Music)

By: Mark A. Lawrence the IV

I hope that Zox can avoid the 4:20 anthem fate of Sublime, having some of the same Reggae / Dub influences most evident in the bass work of Eli Batalion which also pulls additional elements from funk. Zox's sound is curiously unique, with the basic line up of a rock act, with the addition of a violin which Spencer Swain plays like a lead guitar mixing classical styled arrangements and fiddle saw tricks. These are great songs that flow across this album like a stream, at times calm and soothing on tunes like "Ghostown," and sped up and edgy on "Ode To The Mountain Pirates." The violin gives the tunes on this album a cool accent that truly differentiates the Zox sound. This is a great CD that hits all the ups and downs that makes it a true album with its fresh musical sound and amazingly graceful and witty lyrics. I really like this album and have been telling everyone that I know about it. Rating: A-.
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