It's safe to say that Canada is a giant bubbling cauldron of great new music at the moment. A quick glance at the prestigious Polaris Prize (Canadian equivalent to the Mercury Prize) nominees reveals diverse emerging talents across the board, with everyone from Grimes and The Weeknd garnering international notoriety with fresh takes on arguably hackneyed genres. For those not in the know, Zeus were nominees for the prize in 2010 for their debut album Say Us, a throwback rock album that lead to pretty impressive support slots with indie deities Belle & Sebastian and Bright Eyes, but two years on and richer from touring, is the spark that brought them all that attention still there and what's changed?

Well, Zeus are still very much a throwback group. It's hard to detect a shred of originality on Busting Visions which unfortunately is its biggest flaw. It's apparent from the off that Zeus have studied successful classic rock and pop (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who etc...) in a very detailed manner, with beginning track 'Are you going to waste my time?' immediately plunging the listener back to the early 70s with a guitar sound and general attitude very similar to something The Rolling Stones might have considered putting out, before deeming it slightly too throwaway to be a B-side.

The studying of older music to influence a modern band is all well and good, but it seems like Zeus deal more in replication than admiration. Take for instance the lyrical content displayed on the record, almost all of it revelling in clichéd love lyrics with girls referred to frequently as 'Dear' or 'Love' in a much less endearing and genuine way than one might hope for. It's borderline annoying at points, as it feels like Zeus could really emote affectingly if they cared a bit more, with most of the songs sounding a bit void of emotion or distinct passion towards these topics of love and relationships. 'Love Pain' for example, uses some rather interesting quick piano stabs with a classic Paul McCartney like feel to the vocals, with a mildly quirky chorus that wouldn't sound totally out of place on an Of Montreal album. And as great as that sounds, it's still just frustratingly unmemorable, lacking the intelligence and glam of the artists it seems so indebted to.

However tracks like 'Anything you want dear' and even 'Hello tender love' do provide a slightly more intriguing and perhaps even contemporary spin on things, both remaining rootsy yet more entertaining and blissful than everything else on offer here. The former's refrain of "anything you want dear, you can have it" being delivered semi-romantically with chirpy chorus backing vocals and containing some nifty guitar work, makes it probably the most memorable and fun track on the record. But still, compared to the likes of Smith Westerns and Tame Impala, Zeus could be doing this a whole lot better and appear out of place when we're used to listening to far more inventive and challenging music.

While it seems unfair to completely judge this album based on the works of others, with the influences so strong it's quite hard not to. And in that respect, Busting Visions is not quite up to standard. Sure it's pleasant and often melodic, but not in a way that resonates or provokes any kind of deep thought or emotional response. These guys are obviously talented, and have promise, but are sure to reach their potential sooner when they carve out a proper identity for themselves rather than bathe in the shadows of others.