THE TOP 31 LP’S OF ’11 > #30. CUT COPY – ZONOSCOPE
#30. CUT COPY – ZONOSCOPE
2011 saw Cut Copy deliver a mixed year of successes and disappointments. On the plus side earlier this year they put on what was probably their greatest live performance for their Melbourne album tour date, whereas on the Negative, for example, the video clip for one of the most majestic songs in their back catalogue, the stunning “Need You Now”, came complete with a sporting Mise-en-scène that remains the most embarrassing Australian Pop Music Video to date.
And then of course there’s Zonoscope, an album that started the year off in champion style but has, tellingly, aged in places over the last 10 months. “Need You Now” remains their most beautiful and precious song but the memory of that video clip does knock points off its brilliance. Stuff like Dandy Warhols ode “Where I’m Going” and bizarrely bonkers “Blink & You’ll Miss A Revolution” (which channels Cydni Lauper’s “Goonies” through its melody) both play as proper highlights along with “Need You Now,” but it’s the true staying power of monumental album closer (clocking in at just over 15 minutes) “Sun God”, the rip-snortingly good “Corner Of The Sky” and the effortless “Pharaohs & Pyramids” that keep this record within The Top 30 of the year. Each of these tracks are three of the greatest in the bands career and will live on as Cutters Classics in the years to come.
Totally boring filler “Take Me Over’ – which should never have even been a single – wastes a bit of time getting over and done with, much as the should-be-great-but-is-kinda-naff “Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat”, which is musically on point but loses itself vocally when the chorus chimes in. Interestingly though, Heartbeat is the only song on Zonoscope that could be mistaken for something lifted off the bands first.
Whilst Zonoscope may have seemed to be as good as 2008′s “In Ghost Colours” when it was initially released in February, as the months have rolled by the strength of the bands first two records have proven to be sharper and more cohesive than Zonoscope. That’s not to say it isn’t a great album, but the problem here is that Zonoscope often suffers from a few too many ideas being thrown into the one.