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Wednesday, February 27 2013 17:43

ZEAMU Music (Album Review)

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ZEAMU Music is an interesting beast. Not really a "band," but more of a consciously-assembled musical "project" for kids, Zeamu Music is much like the GORILLAZ for the kindie set. Previously-covered here on The Rock Father last November, Zeamu Music was created by a pair of UK-based "Mumprenuers" (Barbara Bishop and Fiona Case) alongside creative director Simon Case, who brought together a top-notch group of songwriters and performers to craft a family-friendly pop-rock album that's actually sung by children.

ZeamuDon't let the voices of the little ones fool you, this is no KIDZ BOP (read my thoughts on that terrible series here), but a pretty solid and unique 14-track collection. Lyrically tapping into the topical realm of school-aged children, Zeamu Music has enough of the "Top 40" pop vibe ("OMG", "Aeroplanes") to grab young ears pretty quickly, while being peppered with indie-rock jams ("What Do You Want?", "Doing the Robot") that recall bands like TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, BLUR and early RADIOHEAD (pre-blip/blorp-era, when they still rocked).

Check out the video for "It's The Weekend" (oddly, retitled from it's original name - "OMG!"):
 
Songs on Zeamu Music were written and produced by Grammy nominee Owen Parker (James Morrison, Rebecca Ferguson, Annie Lennox, Girls Aloud), Casper & Jonas (Damon Albarn, Gorillaz, Beth Orton, Keith Levene of The Clash, Noel Gallagher) Jimi Ashmore (Star Sailor, So Solid, Sugababes) Lee Gretton (Ads for ITV, MTV, Sky, Olympics 2012) and Jonathan Pilcher (Block Party, Super Furry Animals) among others.

Zeamu Music is available now on iTunes or the official site.


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The Rock Father Rating: 4 Stars

FTC Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided to The Rock Father for the purpose of review consideration. All opinions are those of James Zahn with input from his children. James still does not like having to type this after every review.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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