Album Review: Eagles of Death Metal – Zipper Down

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Eagles of Death Metal continue to showcase their tongue-in-cheek, decadent garage rock on their fourth album Zipper Down, which exudes the high-octane rock and roll spirit synonymous with the band. Their first record in 7 years, Zipper Down revives the band’s enthusiastic sound with songs that stand independently as upbeat easy-listeners whilst forming a cohesive record that really progresses the retro style of EODM.

The band, formed in 1998 by permanent members Jesse “Boots Electric” Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, moves to a more sincere and confessional tone in the lyrics of songs such as ‘I Love You All the Time’, which speaks of unrequited love, and their melancholic cover of Duran Duran’s‘Save a Prayer’, interspersed with the characteristic hedonism and irreverence of ‘Silverlake K.S.O.F.M.’ and ‘Got a Woman’. If, at times, the instrumentals are repetitive and reminiscent of previous albums, this is not at all to their detriment. Eagles of Death Metal was created as, and continues to be, a project to produce fun, light-hearted music that gets people dancing, and this latest offering does not disappoint.

[Anna Mackenzie]

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