Cut Copy has slowly but surely worked its way up into the current wave of electronic dance bands, not unlike, say, LCD Soundsystem. The band's second album, 2008's "In Ghost Colours" (ok, 3rd if you count 2006's "Fabriclive.29" DJ mix album) was the great leap forward for the band. From being an interesting, if at time tentative, sound, the band now sounded fully confident, and at times massive. That album contained several instant classics, including a couple of borderline commercial breakthrough singles ("Lights and Music", "Hearts on Fire"). Now finally comes the long-awaited follow-up album.
"Zonoscope" (11 tracks; 61 min.) is not another "great leap forward", but instead a confirmation of all the good things we heard on "In Ghost Colours". The album starts off somewhat tentatively with "Need You Know", which is followed by a nice "Take Me Over" that reminds me somehow at times of another Australian band's (Men At Work) "Down Under" single. Could it be a subtle homage? The album now is firing on all cylinders. "Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution" is an irresistible dance-along, just perfect from start to finish with a strong melody that keeps going and going, and you just don't want the song to ever end, THE highlight of the album for me personally. A short instrumental after that ("Strange Nostalgia For the Future") ends the first half of the album. The second half kicks off with another great tune "This Is All We've Got". "Alisa" continues the good vibes. "Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat" is the only pensive tune on the album, just to catch your breath before the last 2 tunes, "Corner of the Sky", another dance-romp, which set us up for the album closer, the 15 min. blow-out that is "Sun God", where the band throws in everything and the kitchen sink, wow, just unbelievable, what a way to bow out.
In all, even though no new ground is broken, this is quite the album, and sure to end up high in my "best albums of 2011" list. For whatever reason the album includes lyrics to only 4 of the songs, why? That aside, I had the great fortune of catching Cut Copy on their "In Ghost Colours" tour at the Monolith music festival at the Red Rocks in Denver in September, 2008, and what an absolute great and fun set that was. Can't wait to see these guys again in concert. Meanwhile, "Zonoscope" is highly recommended!