Over 40 years after the release of their most recognizable song 'Time Of The Season', The Zombies are back with a new album, Breathe Out, Breathe In. Originally formed in St Albans in 1961, and active off and on ever since, The Zombies provided the soundtrack to every retrospective 60s TV scene ever.

Breathe Out, Breathe In was recorded to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary, so it's fitting that the 60s Americana trademark sound hasn't changed, and if you've ever listened to a Zombies record and liked it, you'll probably recognise all the bits you appreciated, the organ still sounds pretty good, there's some virtuoso prog keyboards thrown in there, and the guitar licks still sound Hendrix-esque.

This is all okay, but it sounds like your "cool" uncle's formed a Zombies tribute band with his mates from the pub. The trademarks are all there, but over the past 50 years, music's moved on a bit. Sure, we've regressed back a fair amount as a society, and borrowed everything good that ever happened before we were born, but modern rip-off bands like Wolfmother at least added something new to the 60s aesthetic (even if it was just being obnoxious).

Don't get me wrong, there's not that much wrong with it, it's just that there's absolutely nothing to get excited about. The tracks range from ballads like 'Shine On Sunshine', which are soporific love stories at best, to more up-tempo 60s pastiches like the title track. Unfortunately, that's all it feels like, a collection of rock cliches from the past put together, with a new coat of beige paint.

It's when Colin Blunstonee (see? He even sounds like a bank manager) starts name-dropping Jesus and the choruses go a bit 80s towards the end of Breathe In, Breathe Out that you know it's time to turn it off. Now, don't get me wrong, I've nothing against "capital H-i-m", but Christian Rock has never been known for its musical innovation, or commercial success. Honestly, I don't see that changing with tracks like 'Christmas For The Free'.

I feel bad for The Zombies, because the songs they produced in their heyday like 'Time Of The Season', 'She's Not There' and 'The Way I Feel Inside' will always be absolute classics, but evidently some bands just shouldn't make comebacks with original material. If you want to give them the benefit of the doubt, wait a couple of months and buy it for your dad for Father's Day. At any rate, it's better than purchasing any of those abhorrent 'Dad Rocks!' compilations.

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