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Z Plan - 1998 Circus

ALBUM: Circus
LABEL: Victory Alley
YEAR: 1998
SPONSOR: Pete Hodson


LINEUP: Pete Hodson - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Bill Welch - vocals, acoustic guitars * Larry Nero - vocals * Dean Christiano - drums * Ed Merola - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 So Long To Yesterday * 02 Guilty * 03 Circus * 04 Calling Out * 05 Maybe * 06 Believe * 07 Time Will Heal You * 08 Paradise * 09 Don't Wanna Wait * 10 Part Of A Dream * 11 Let Love Lead The Way * 12 Lessons


From Connecticut, Z Plan play in a semi-acoustic style and though their melodic influences are embedded in the seventies, they are still a product of the nineties. Keeping the latter in mind, for me they are a mix of Venice, Nelson and Arizona's Innuendo, while their seventies feel harks back to the likes of Crosby Stills And Nash, no doubt due to the strong three part vocal harmonies supplied by Hodson, Welch and Nero. The other 'Z Factor' on this album is that 'Mr Arcangel' himself Jeff Cannata assists Pete Hodson with the production, and his influence helps precedings accordingly.

The Songs
Track opener 'So Long To Yesterday' has strong vocal harmonies, and to me this rocks similarly to Randy Jackson's Zebra, off their 1st album. The other notable rocker is 'Let Love Lead The Way' which could be Nelson. 'Guilty' is probably best representative of the entire album, a softer acoustic workout with layers of keyboard sitting behind it. The title track 'Circus' moves into symphonic territory. Are we sure Mr Cannata didn't have a hand in this? Next track 'Calling Out' has some gorgeous guitar melodies while the CSN feel is evident on 'Maybe' which is primarily a vocal workout. 'Paradise' is one of my favourites, a simple song but executed in a style not unlike Innuendo. 'Don't Wanna Wait' is another great track, and has a effective simple but catchy chorus. The album closer 'Lessons' is near on 7 minutes and though it takes a wee while to warm up, the finish is worth waiting for. Man .. those harmonies, whew!

In Summary
Overall, Z Plan have released a totally appropriate slice of melodic rock, which sits quite comfortably across a range of musical genres. Those people out there who appreciate music spanning three decades in a fresh 90's approach will find Z Plan to their liking. To get more info of the band, and to order a copy of this CD, the web site address is listed above. Thanks to Pete and the Z Plan team.

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