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Zygote
John Popper
Zygote
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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John Popper clearly wanted to have a little fun on his solo debut, but he also wanted to get personal. From the Memphis blues groove and Beefheart growl of the opening "Miserable Bastard" to the countrified boogie of "Evil...  more »

     
   
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All Artists: John Popper
Title: Zygote
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Interscope Records
Original Release Date: 9/7/1999
Release Date: 9/7/1999
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Adult Alternative, Jam Bands, Rock Jam Bands
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 606949040826

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John Popper clearly wanted to have a little fun on his solo debut, but he also wanted to get personal. From the Memphis blues groove and Beefheart growl of the opening "Miserable Bastard" to the countrified boogie of "Evil in My Chair" and the closing epic "Fledgling," Popper takes us beyond Blues Traveler's blues/pop hybrid and shows some swamp, some soul, and some vulnerability. Sure, there are staple barnburners here, but Zygote is sprinkled with slower, mostly accomplished and affecting ballads such as "Once You Wake Up," "Home," and the folky, romantic "Love for Free." A couple of other slower ones ("How About Now" and the plodding "Lunatic") don't work quite as well, but Popper's charisma and charm enhance his soft side, and the guitar work of Crugie Riccio, soaring at times into Gilmour and Garcia territory, elevates even these numbers. --John Sutton-Smith

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CD Reviews

Zygote
11/27/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I have enjoyed most of John Popper's work, and this is no exception, save for one thing: if you're looking for the extensive harmonica sequences, this will be a disappointment to you. I hope this helps you in your quest for experiencing John Popper's unique gift for this highly under-rated instrument. Mr. Popper must have decided to keep this talent at bay, focusing more on his vocal talents. Growing in Dirt and Home portrays his best efforts at exploiting both harp and vocal harmonics."
A Stellar Performance From Popper
Fizzy: the real one | 12/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Without having heard a single track off this album I bought it when it was first released, having faith in John Popper's ability to craft music and lyrics. I've heard plenty of complaints of how it doesn't sound enough like Blues Traveler. That's even foolish to even mention. If John Popper had wanted to sound like Blues Traveler, I'd assume he'd have taken to the studio with them. If one has read any of the interviews with Mr. Popper in which he discusses this sensational solo venture, he explains that he wanted to try something different. Which he did, and it turned out to be a more-than-decent record. Mr. Popper took on the role as lyricist, vocalist, guitar player, and of course, harmonica player in this album. And he did so with great skill. He added some funk, so folk, some ballad rock, and some classic rock, making a CD that's more than piece of soon-forgotten pop ear candy. This is an album that finds itself remaining in the CD player for multiple spinnings before it's taken out again. A fine performance from Blues Traveler's frontman. Definitely worth buying. Be sure to give the tracks "Miserable Bastard", "Home" a listen. Or better yet, buy it, and enjoy it."