"Intoxicated World" (Independent; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The moment you start listening to Zitter's "Intoxicated World" album, you find yourself wondering what you've gotten into. The first track, "Pan For Gold," sounds a little like The Cars, with its synth sounds, crunchy guitars and subdued vocals. And that's okay. The Cars were a great band and there's not many bands doing that sort of thing anymore these days.

But as "Intoxicated World" continues, you'll find traces of heavy metal pomp ("Zisters & Brotherz"), punk rock sneers ("Lines") and some surprisingly deep lyrical content ("This is the Way" and "If God Doesn't Let You In.")  And it all comes together as a whole. "Intoxicated World" is an album you'll probably find yourself listening to twice in a row. The first time because you're a little surprised at what you're hearing and the second time to really dig in and enjoy it.

My favorite tracks are the odd ballad "Save Me" and the driving "Lines." Surprisingly, the title track is perhaps the weakest track on the album. It just doesn't seem as structured or as well-written as the rest of the album ... but that's just my opinion and what the fuck do I know?

Zitter's "Intoxicated World" is a different and captivating listen. It won't be for everyone but then, what is?

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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