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Silencer [Import]

ZEDAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 19, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B00005J8W3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I play this over and over and don't get sick of it November 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I discovered Zed at the end of last year when I spent 2 1/2 months in New Zealand. They seemed to be everywhere; "Renegade Fighter," "Come On Down" and "Glorifilia" were all over the radio, at the same time! I instantly got hooked.
I own the original release (the one with the pacifier on the CD cover), so I can't say how the bonus tracks are. Bonus tracks or not, however, this CD is awesome. I can listen to "Silencer" time and again and still not get sick of it.
The tunes are catchy without being irritating. The melodies vary from song to song -- some dark, some soft, some fast, some mellow. But what really gets me are the lyrics. They are thought-provoking and interesting -- not like the silly fluff put out by other pop bands nowadays. And some lyrics are just fun -- such as "What do you expect from someone named after a cow? Go figure!" (from "Oh! Daisy").
My favorite songs are "Don't You Sometimes Wish?" -- beautiful guitar playing on that one -- and "Renegade Fighter." But honestly, all of the songs are so good that there really isn't a song on "Silencer" that I don't like. It's more a matter of which song I like best.
Zed are very talented both as musicians (Nathan King has one of the best voices out there, and Andy Lynch won NZ's "Guitarist of the Year" award ) and as songwriters. I look forward to when their music gets picked up by American DJs, as I think my fellow yanks will become as hooked as I am!
(Now, if I could only be sure that people won't assume Zed is an Australian band, like they did with Crowded House...)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different October 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Until very recently, there was a huge cringe factor associated with New Zealand music. It received little airplay, and we considered that if music wasn't huge overseas then it didn't deserve to be huge here.
However, Bic Runga's (from Christchurch, NZ ...she was responsible for the hit 'Sway' on the first American Pie movie) debut was so undeniably good that radio stations nationwide took pride in playing her songs. With the successful debut of The Feelers (also from Christchurch) following, a big shift in New Zealand happened. Suddenly we could take pride in listening to homegrown music, without having to make excuses for it. Zed's (from Christchurch!) album 'Silencer' came out soon after The Feelers', and dominated the airwaves.
It is not hard to see why. The first track, Renegade Fighter, is a radio-friendly hit right up there with the best on offer from any overseas bands. The other twelve tracks alternate between ballads and pop-rock numbers such as the excellent 'I'm Cold.'
However, this is not a great album just because it's full of radio hits. What makes this album a pleasure to listen to is the fact that it has such an unusual feel. This is not a band trying to sound like an American one; this is a suburban band making their own, distinctive style of music. Their songs are invariably cheerful, but not in the major-key/repeat chorus/up a key way that some bands have. It's the enthusiasm behind them more than anything that creates this feel. Personality is not masked by expensive production. If I was to place this album in a genre of music, I'd put it in the Brit-rock one. 'In My Mind' certainly is reminiscent of bands like Oasis, and not only because of the singing. Likewise, 'Oh!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool October 24, 2003
By sammy
Format:Audio CD
Cool stuff, really enyoy this CD. Still in my CD player after 3 months.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiwi music- full exposure! November 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Fellow Kiwis are all too aware that New Zealand musicians, incredible as they are, rarely achieve international recognition. However, Zed have, and we are all very proud of them. Stand out tracks on this album include "Come On Down", "Renegade Fighter", "Glorifillia" and "Oh! Daisy". This album is fantastic, from a fantastic band from a fantastic country. It's about time New Zealand got some musical recognition and the Zed quartet are certainly going the right way in acheiving this feat. Congratulations, boys...buy this album readers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut album from Zed! May 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Silencer is the excellent first album from New Zealand rock group Zed. Zed have a unique sound, combining catchy melodies with original lyrics. I was impressed by the variety and diversity between songs, from the soulful ballad 'Come on Down', to the more up-tempo 'Driver's Side'. Zed would appeal to anyone who loves melodic guitar rock, in the vein of Coldplay or Pearl Jam. Silencer has quickly become one of my favorite albums of all time. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Rock, A must have!!!!!! April 21, 2001
By Wesley
Format:Audio CD
Combining the likes of Creed and Pearl Jam, comes the new album by ZED. A relatively new band, there new up themes, excited me cos im in to this sort of music. But that slow ock, that gets the message across, will thrill you and make you want to buy this perfect peice of slow rock!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silencer August 21, 2001
By Tash
Format:Audio CD
I have both versions of Silencer, the original New Zealand release and the Re-packaged edition with bonus tracks, and I highly recommend them both. Zed Are making it big away from New Zealand, their music is an audio satisfying mesh of Rock and soulful pop, they write their own music, and make a welcomed change from the bubblegum pop music, being played today. Nathan King and Ben Campbell are both gifted song writers, and make you wish that more of the music coming out these days made as much sense as this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most brilliant talents from New Zealand
One of the best acts from New Zealand. This album is absolutely brilliant. Also check out their new album "This Little Empire". Read more
Published on February 10, 2004 by "louisenz"
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiwi talent...or something more sinister?
Ask anyone from New Zealand about Zed and they may deny their existence. To put it simply, Zed is a band that many Kiwis do not like to admit comes from our fair green shores. Read more
Published on December 17, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Become a Zed junkie, yup, it's addictive.
I have both editions of Silencer, and play them constantly. Zed have been my favourite band for almost four years now. Read more
Published on October 11, 2003 by Ally
5.0 out of 5 stars Zed, Silencer
Ok, firstly, I would like to stress that this is NOT an Australian band, it is oh so definately from New Zealand, you know,that tiny country in the southern hemisphere filled with... Read more
Published on March 30, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This cd is one of the best ones I have heard, I had actually bought it, because of what one of the previous reviews had said, and Silencer is seriously a great cd to listen to... Read more
Published on February 21, 2003 by "filthyfish_17"
5.0 out of 5 stars THE album of 2000
This album is an absolute must! With it's hard rock tunes to it's moody ballads, "Silencer" is a masterpiece. Read more
Published on January 7, 2003 by "zedgirl2001"
5.0 out of 5 stars ~*go kiwi music*~
I have like *zed* from there first single in New Zealand, and growin to love them more when I brought the C.D. Read more
Published on July 2, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Silencer
I have both versions of Silencer, the original New Zealand release and the Re-packaged edition with bonus tracks, and I highly recommend them both. Read more
Published on August 21, 2001 by Tash
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