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Album Review

Neo-classic rockers Zebra return from hibernation with their first studio recording in 17 years. Unlike most bands, however, the trio remained active, touring the East Coast, with mastermind Randy Jackson fostering some low-key side projects (China Rain, Sign). Here and now, the one-two triumph of openers "Arabian Nights" and "Light of My Love" shows the boys haven't missed a trick since the halcyon daze of '80s AOR. As in Zebra's signature single, "Who's Behind the Door," Jackson still ponders deep thoughts like "Why" (a veritable "Blackbird" rewrite) and "Who Am I" (a bizarre take on the Bible with animal rights sentiments similar to the earlier FM chestnut "Bears"). And only Jackson could create a cosmic, comic crack like "So I Dance." Admittedly, the crass "Free" stands as one of his weaker moments, but Jackson soars everywhere else on Zebra IV: Freed from the sterile production marring the otherwise excellent 3.V, he pumps each tune with grandiosity while retaining his invaluable sense of melody. This vital component keeps Zebra dancing in the ruins of other post-pop/prog bands that search for vitality and marketability by sacrificing the simple hooks and passion that made them famous in the first place. Zebra is a proud dinosaur, and Zebra IV is an eminently listenable record of epic insignificance. Now here's hoping Zebra V comes along a little faster. ~ Whitney Z. Gomes, Rovi

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Angels Calling

Angels Calling is a powerful song about grief that connects both the lyrics & music through Randy Jackson’s strong melodic voice & the indistinguishable driving rock music of Zebra. They move thru some of the raw emotions of grief that are all mixed up with death –anger, sadness loss of life of a loved one & for those who are terminally ill. It ends with the resignation of death with hopes – those who have died; – no more suffering & knowledge of unanswered questions we don’t know the answers to while alive here on earth. For those left behind, we are still in tears for the loss of our loved one. It is a wonderful, comforting & healing song for all of us who have & will have to deal with grief.

Can you rock any harder than this?? I think not!

This album rocked me so hard I had to make poo..1st time listening! It rocks so freaking hard that Slayer called the band and apologised for ever recording any of their music. I played this at a rock quary and all the loose rocks floated up and replaced themselves back in the mountain. This my friends is pure cut your face off metal!

Biography

Formed: 1976 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

Zebra galloped out of New Orleans in the mid-'70s. The trio concocted their moniker from a Vogue magazine cover and soon won over the East Coast with expert Zep-like pomp-metal. Zebra's confident self-titled debut went gold, thanks to the air play of excellent singles "Tell Me What You Want" and "Who's Behind the Door." Vet producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Cheap Trick) also helmed the follow-up, No Tellin' Lies. Not as strong or cohesive as the first effort, Lies fell directly into the delete bins....
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