Utah!

'Zoo Sounds and Destructovision

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Utah!'s Zoo Sounds and Destructovision is a six-song EP loosely associated as back-to-the-standard indie rock fare, yet the band doesn't slow things down into leisurely, monotonous music. Utah! prefers to keep a steady beat that's not too fast and throws in nice contributions such as female vocals and the cello. The production work was done by Bob Weston and is the usual very nice Weston quality containing the right accentuation on the appropriate parts. Vocally, when Anne Polesnak isn't singing, Eddie Pellino is. His vocals are more nasally, akin to Egon. Frankly, much of the material on Zoo Sounds and Destructovision could be seen as a somewhat artier form of Egon without the long jam sessions. While that may please many individuals, Utah! never really offers up a whole lot of interest to the listener. The cello and female vocals, although worthy concepts, seem like background noises in comparison to the general indie rock sound put forth. Amazingly, the real highlight of the disc is the bonus Quicktime movie. This short (approximately three-plus minute) movie is about a robot who tries to fit into society, and contains stark existential and postmodern overtones, yet is put together in a rough manner, but not without its percentage of loving care. If the members of Utah! would have approached their music the same way they did with the film, then perhaps this album would be raw and groundbreaking, but as it stands, it's rather mediocre.

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