Zru Vogue | Survival of the Cutest

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Survival of the Cutest

by Zru Vogue

Eclectic, funky, rhythmic, melodic surrealist rock for thinking humans.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
0:25 $0.99
2. Pretty Fairies On The Daisies
4:55 $0.99
3. What It Means To Be
3:44 $0.99
4. If Blood Was Wine
4:20 $0.99
5. Act Like Nothing's Wrong
5:10 $0.99
6. Interlude
0:16 $0.99
7. Dig Deeper
4:33 $0.99
8. Iron Man
3:35 $0.99
9. No One Knows
2:29 $0.99
10. Nuthin Means Nuthin
4:19 $0.99
11. Japanese Schoolgirl Mapping Device
5:07 $0.99
12. Imperfect
5:52 $0.99
13. Falling Into Quicksand
4:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
Pretty Fairies on the Daisies are Falling into Quicksand, and all we can do is enjoy it.

As always, the best way to talk about Zru Vogue is to shut up and listen. Here are two men who transcend the endless poppy fields of cliché rock/alt/pop and emerge with a quirky beauty all their own. Zru Vogue has always been like that - just more so now. As a group, they've been knocked around some, have had their battles and their successes. And they are the better for it, like a wine reaching its prime.

Andrew Jackson and Rick Cuevas are back together and it's almost as though they never parted - except that each seems to have brought a new energy and wisdom to their combined effort. Intelligent observation makes for great art, and when two musicians like these can pool their hurts and joys, it is an awesome, even healing thing.

Their previous release, Beautiful Again, sent them headlong into this next album, like something shot out of a cannon. And if Beautiful Again was a rebirth, then Survival of the Cutest is the mature and fully formed Zru. Some of the original playful Zruishness has been recaptured in Survival of the Cutest, and fans will be happy to hear the trademark "ethnothrob" sound once again in the rhythms of these tracks.

I'm listening to Survival of the Cutest as I write - and I am having some trouble staying in this chair. That's another trait of Zru Vogue. Listening and moving - that's how to enjoy it.

The songs, written by Andrew Jackson, flow confidently from the jilted "Pretty Fairies on the Daisies" to the wary "What It Means To Be" to the wistful "ifs" in "If Blood Was Wine." The angry anthems "Act Like Nothing's Wrong" and "Dig Deeper" give way to the tragic, funny double-entendres of "Iron Man." Growling and funky, wonderfully repressed "No One Knows," leads to the absolute something of "Nuthin Means Nuthin." Then, of course, there's the unbridled - if somewhat creepy - cuteness of "Japanese Schoolgirl Mapping Device." "Imperfect" should be an official hymn for the human race.

Is it strange that the final song, "Falling into Quicksand," the farewell track which is about falling, fading, fraying, floating away - also seems to me like a great make-out song? Zru Vogue does that: they suggest that even life's dark twists can be full of brilliant excursions.

Zru Vogue's Survival of the Cutest is an honest gemstone in the current sea of polymer pop mediocrity. Die-hard fans will rejoice at this new release, and new comers will get a chance to experience one of Zru Vogue's finest.

- Review by r.c. barajas



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Max Tyrell

a sublime audio excursion
Bee-ootiful production, excellent playing, amazing music. The vibe of the first track, then the groove of the second just grabs ya from the beginning. The bass on Pretty Fairies On The Daisies is fabulous, Andy's vox are tight as an anaconda in a death grip. Fantastic performances on the whole cd, stunning guitars, great bass playing throughout, and synth sounds that are delicious just a flyin' all about everywhere.


Great ZRU music!!
Wow, classic ZRU VOGUE music! This is a great CD. Hard to add to the review above, but this is one great CD! Funky experimental rock, all you can call it is ZRU! This disc is up there with the best of ZRU VOGUE, even their prime stuff. If you like their other music you will love this one, get it now!

Mary F.

Wonderful, Magical
This CD is a wonderful, magical, multi-layered beauty. Thank you, Andy and Rick, for bringing your creative life into form.

Trev Faull (ex-Outlet, UK)

A wacky, hypnotic feast of words and music
The wacky, hypnotic world of Zru Vogue, the Penn & Tellers of the music biz, will have you rigid on your seat for 40 minutes whilst longtime poet Andrew Jackson sing-talks his way through some interesting stories set to music with much help from Rick Cuevas.

A funky groove surrounds “Pretty Fairies” with deliciously creamy bass notes and an overall hypnotic caramel flavour. The second track resembles a Kraftwerk-like backing to Andrew’s distinctive vocals and word-play projecting the song upwards.

“If Blood Was Wine” (a play on Hendrix's “If Six Was Nine”?) is a love story with an unusual lyric and snappy arrangement. The track rises above most of the others and proves to be a real standout piece.

Next we have a Middle Eastern twirl of hot sand that buries the listener in more hypontic spirals and lasts a full five minutes. After a second 'interlude' from Professor Hawking (on speed it seems), “Dig Deeper” has the rock stance of an angry brontosaurus but the whispered, Dylan-ish vocals (reminding me of Everything Is Broken) rests over a ponderous drum machine.

By contrast “Iron Man” is pure play on words and a real cheeky chappie. “Iron Man wears ironed pants,” sings Andrew and with its bushy keyboard approach is both vibrant yet teasing. “No One Knows” has a long intro where the voice interacts with the rhythm of the song perfectly. “Nuthin” is the token bad boys rock song more tap than spinal but then it truly is about nothing!

“Japanese Schoolgirl Mapping Device” arrives suitably dressed in oriental schoolgirl uniforms with the most simple of keyboard riffs and you wonder what this is all about, what can be in the San Francisco drinking water? More sinister is the “Imperfect” song that follows.

The dramatic finale “Falling Into Quicksand” again is a feast of words that wouldn’t be out of place at the end of Sergeant Pepper (really) — it's the best track on a consistently good album that stands out from the pack. Penn & Teller would approve I am sure.