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Album Review

Zero's self-titled fifth album is their second collaboration with the Grateful Dead's songwriter Robert Hunter. This phenomenal work showcases the music diversity of the band as well as Hunter's brilliant lyrics. The album's upbeat opening number "Pit o' Thunder" is a hard-driving blues-rock tune about racing. Songs like this are balanced out with the psychedelic ballad "Spoken Four," which ends with a brilliant spiraling guitar solo by Steve Kimock. The album also tackles political issues with the song "Possession." It has more of a grunge rock feel than most of the group's other work. The lyrics take aim at the problems of mandatory sentencing on drug charges: "I never had a nose for crime/But someone passed a joint one day/Now I'm doing federal time." In the years before Zero joined up with Hunter they were mainly an instrumental outfit, but for this album they only included two, the traditional Latin song "Sun, Sun, Sun" and the group's own "Kissing the Boo-boo." Zero contains no weak tracks and is definitely one of the artistic high points of Zero's career.


Genre: Rock

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Zero came together in San Francisco in 1984 as the brainchild of guitarist Steve Kimock and drummer Greg Anton. Both accomplished musicians, the two met while playing together in the Heart of Gold Band which later evolved into Ghosts. In the early years, Zero's lineup was rather fluid but the group still managed to release a few independent albums: their debut in 1987, Here Goes Nothin', the sophomore effort in 1990, Nothin' Goes Here, and their live album in 1991, Live: Go Hear Nothin'. In these...
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