Mari Zen - Field

Year of Release: 2004
Label: Independent
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 27:34:00

At the risk of sounding cliché, Mari Zen and their lively lead singer Mari Calip, rock and roll their way through ten firecracker tracks on Field. Calip sounds like a modern day Pat Benatar, pushing her way through to the other side of every song with a real gusty purpose and fire that instantly reminded me of the little dynamo's vocal inflection and approach, especially on "I Want You."

The music rocks hard with an alternative edge that you would expect to hear in 2004. In appropriate fashion, to get your attention and kick things off, they start the fireworks with a virtual explosion of guitars, drums and bass on the opening track "Field." After that fiery beginning, they continue to cut it all loose without holding a thing back and maintain that energy throughout the entire CD without a problem. As the lyrics indicate in the rousing opening cut-Have no fear, don't back down ? this band takes that in a literal sense with their music.

There is just of enough glossy pop elements to bring in audiences from pop and rock, and that is a good thing because you need every advantage you can get with all the competition bands are up against, particularly on the independent front. The best example of that effective combination is "Little Bit," which I could see easily becoming a cross over radio friendly hit, there are other tracks as well that fit that mold, making this album a solid and consistent recording with no filler, just the good stuff, and everyone wants that for their hard earned bucks. It is you turn to make your move in the big green field of independent music. Checkmate, this is a winner.

Field (2:33) / #1 Fan (2:34) / I Want U (2:36) / Real (2:33) / You (2:14) / Little Bit (3:14) / Time (3:42) / All I Can Give (3:18) / Truth (2:47) / Roller Coaster (3:23)

Mari Calip - lead vocals, guitar
Mike Greene - guitar, vocals
Marty Kane - drums
Chris Shen - bass, vocals

Field (2004)

Genre: Rock

Origin US

Added: February 23rd 2004
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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