Colin Blunstone 

One Year (Runt/Sony BMG)

As frontman for the Zombies, Colin Blunstone's breathy croon complemented the band's gorgeously hook-heavy arrangements. Their final album, 1968's Odessey and Oracle, produced the posthumous hit "Time of the Season" and serves as a touchstone of baroque/psych pop.

Blunstone took a job selling insurance before the success of the aforementioned single drew him back to record this solo album in the early '70s. Finally released in the U.S. on CD, it features Blunstone at the height of his powers. Zombies bandmates Rod Argent and Chris White contribute the warm, harmony-kissed power pop of "She Loves the Way They Love Her," and the dramatic, string-laden/cello-driven "Smokey Day." But Blunstone is equally winning on the self-penned "Caroline Goodbye," a cinematic blue-eyed-soul ballad, and "I Can't Live Without You," a slice of angelic classicalism. The album's capped by a sumptuous cover of Denny Laine's "Say You Don't Mind."

While Blunstone released a couple more albums in both the '70s and '90s, and has continued to tour, nothing has come as close to the near perfection of the Zombies as this album.

Speaking of CD Review


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Don "DC" Curry @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Thu., July 19
  • Wade Oval Wednesdays (Music Around Town)

    • Wednesdays. Continues through Aug. 22
  • Adam Ferrara @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., July 26

© 2018 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation