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CHASING THE SUN (article first published : 2003-10-2)

With her new CD album produced by EMI, Chasing the Sun Jozi’s blonde powerhouse of rock, Karen Zoid, delivers yet another magnificently produced album of super standard. The countrywide following, and ever-growing number of the Zoid Generation fans will not be disappointed.

From track one, Oh My Love, which has gained recent airplay on radio and television, Zoid’s songs are filled with messages of love, angst, pain, sorrow and joy. No unexpected surprises here, she sings about issues that people experience every day, bringing home emotion – a new element to rock music.

As well as being extraordinarily catchy, her bilingual elements in song work exceptionally well. One would think that her voice should be drowned by some of the heavy instrumentation on various tracks, but she screeches her way through, hitting a good balance between the heavier sounds and makes them completely bearable.

You’ll also find humour interjected in the most unusual places, as in Dinosaur, adding a slightly cynical twist which wouldn’t seem of place in music influenced by punk and metal. Although this is not to say that she doesn’t pay attention to one of her biggest influences, like Joni Mitchell. You can hear this in Beautiful, complete with Zoid’s serene guitar playing and an ode to the beautiful things in life.

For some of us who still battle to cross the language barrier and spend most of our time guessing what is being sung, Meisie wat haar potlood koop is almost poetic. Zoid talks the verses sounding desperately sad, but the chorus is uplifting and positive. Before the listener slips too deep into a self-reflective mode, Foto teen die muur swings you right back into thrash mode. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s more churning guitar and syrupy lyrics in Danville diva.

In fact, this album is perfect for de-stressing in the car, plenty of power-packed, aggressive (yet tender) tunes to keep any well-trained ear pricked. - Ruby Bernard




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