The Zutons took the music world by surprise when they became 'the next
big thing' (copyright: NME) in 2004 with the release of their debut album
Who Killed The Zutons, a wonderfully bizarre and eclectic jumble sale of
goodies which launched the band into the public eye, helped by catchy
singles like Pressure Point and Don't Ever Think (Too Much). Now they return
with Why Won't You Give Me Your Love?, the lead single from their
forthcoming album Tired Of Hanging Around.
The good news is that it's as catchy as ever, an old-fashioned
guitar-driven rhythm and blues number with a menacing vocal from David
McCabe ("I hear the same thing all the time and you know that I don't care")
and some gloriously demented B-52's-esque backing vocals from Abi
Harding. The blending of McCabe and Harding's voices on the chorus adds to
the buzz of the record and removes any possible comparisons with acts like
Cast and Space with whom The Zutons have been compared (ugh...
Space... whatever became of them...?).
The upbeat rhythm disguises a dark
lyrical content oozing in sexual frustration and just plain weirdness ("I'll
keep you locked downstairs... in my cellar"), and its infectious melody should
ensure that it does well in the charts. However, it does remind me, ever-so-slightly, of I Wanna Hold You by
McFly. Strange, that.