The Big Night 0803


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Review Text Zollo's rootsy songs and his band's loose, shambling grooves form a perfect match on his sophomore album. The feel shifts with the subject of each song; "While You Undress" is a lascivious grin, like a Rolling Stones take on cowboy punk, but "Eye Of the Needle," with its George Harrison-like slide guitar and nasal monotone vocals, presents a gospel message in cadences that recall the Traveling Wilburys. More than anyone, Zollo evokes John Mellencamp, through his dusty lyrics and appealing, rough-edged delivery. With admiral economy and straight-talking eloquence, Zollo finds new perspectives on timeless topics; "Get Away," the only non-original song on the album, is a head-bobbing rocker that stands up to the toughest standards of songs about small-town kids with big, distant dreams, while "You're Gonna Get What You Wanted" conversely celebrates the virtues of hanging around, over an equally contagious shuffle beat. But Zollo also shows a knack for tackling offbeat subjects from a populist angle, as on "Respect (Ain't a One Way Street)," an unlikely blue-collar meditation on etiquette. The Big Night is a snapshot of a significant talent in its first flower, a preview of what may be the next great voice of the Americana genre. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk

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CD: 1

  1. 1. While You Undress - 5:19
  2. 2. Eye of the Needle - 3:50
  3. 3. Why Don't You Stop Me Now - 6:41
  4. 4. Big Night - 5:30
  5. 5. Get Away - 4:44
  6. 6. You're Gonna Get What You Wanted - 3:59
  7. 7. Lonesome Childhood - 8:48
  8. 8. Respect (Ain't a One Way Street) - 4:56
  9. 9. Take Me Away - 4:17
  10. 10. Driftwood from Kerry - 5:25

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