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John PopperAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 31, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: September 7, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B00000K52Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,145 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Zygote by John Popper

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John Popper clearly wanted to have a little fun on his solo debut, but he also wanted to get personal. From the Memphis blues groove and Beefheart growl of the opening "Miserable Bastard" to the countrified boogie of "Evil in My Chair" and the closing epic "Fledgling," Popper takes us beyond Blues Traveler's blues/pop hybrid and shows some swamp, some soul, and some vulnerability. Sure, there are staple barnburners here, but Zygote is sprinkled with slower, mostly accomplished and affecting ballads such as "Once You Wake Up," "Home," and the folky, romantic "Love for Free." A couple of other slower ones ("How About Now" and the plodding "Lunatic") don't work quite as well, but Popper's charisma and charm enhance his soft side, and the guitar work of Crugie Riccio, soaring at times into Gilmour and Garcia territory, elevates even these numbers. --John Sutton-Smith

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zygote November 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have enjoyed most of John Popper's work, and this is no exception, save for one thing: if you're looking for the extensive harmonica sequences, this will be a disappointment to you. I hope this helps you in your quest for experiencing John Popper's unique gift for this highly under-rated instrument. Mr. Popper must have decided to keep this talent at bay, focusing more on his vocal talents. Growing in Dirt and Home portrays his best efforts at exploiting both harp and vocal harmonics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, but different August 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I got this cd because I love Blues Traveler. True, I was expecting more harmonica parts, but now that I've listened to the cd, I'm glad he left them out. It let him focus more on the lyrics, and that, is the best part of any past Blues Traveler song.
However, this cd is definitly not BT. If you are buying this cd just to get BT type stuff, then don't bother. Yes, the songs are great, but in a different way than BT songs.
John Popper ranks with the greatest lyricists. He is right up there with Paul McCartney, Michael Stipe, and James Hetfield (yes, the same Hetfield from Metallica). Popper is truely a bard, and if you haven't firgured that out in a BT album, then you will absolutely find that on this CD. Its terrific
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Popper is a musical genius. Not only does he wail on his harmonica, but he plays a mean lead guitar. This, coupled with the fact that Popper often records a couple of vocal tracks to accompany himself, makes this album a real testament to his versatility and ability. On the last song, you can really hear him stretching for Brian May's sound. This record is simply beautiful. To everyone that got to see him in Burlington, I proclaim my jealousy of you. John Popper is a true bard. His solo effort sends chills down my spine and inspires my own creativity. I am glad to have had the chance to hear him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stellar Performance From Popper December 12, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Without having heard a single track off this album I bought it when it was first released, having faith in John Popper's ability to craft music and lyrics. I've heard plenty of complaints of how it doesn't sound enough like Blues Traveler. That's even foolish to even mention. If John Popper had wanted to sound like Blues Traveler, I'd assume he'd have taken to the studio with them. If one has read any of the interviews with Mr. Popper in which he discusses this sensational solo venture, he explains that he wanted to try something different. Which he did, and it turned out to be a more-than-decent record. Mr. Popper took on the role as lyricist, vocalist, guitar player, and of course, harmonica player in this album. And he did so with great skill. He added some funk, so folk, some ballad rock, and some classic rock, making a CD that's more than piece of soon-forgotten pop ear candy. This is an album that finds itself remaining in the CD player for multiple spinnings before it's taken out again. A fine performance from Blues Traveler's frontman. Definitely worth buying. Be sure to give the tracks "Miserable Bastard", "Home" a listen. Or better yet, buy it, and enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Popper does it again September 8, 1999
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If you like Blues Traveler then you'll probably like their frontman and Harmonica virtuoso's solo work. There are some familiar BT harmonica licks on a few songs but altogether it is a refreshing departure from JP's work with BT. The songs are less dependant on blazing harmonica riffs and make up for it with excellent lyrical phrasing and John's sincere voice. I especially like Tip the Domino and Growing in Dirt. There is another version of the BT classic Fledgling that validates the fact that good songwriting doesn't need a huge sound behind it. JP has Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews band) on drums and a host of other excellent musicians including blues guitar sensation Jonny Lang playing on a track too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent solo debut for Johnny Popper. October 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've always been a Blues Traveller fan, mostly because they have given us a real change of pace. Obviously, the driving force of the group is John Popper, so I wasn't surprised to find this solo debut to be more of the same: excellent and a little off-beat. For my money "Once You Wake Up" and "Home" are ballads as good as anyone has produced. I also enjoyed "How About Now", "Fledgling" and "Growing in Dirt" a lot. The entire cd is first rate with very few exceptions. I hope to see John visit his pal Dave Letterman and perform some of the cuts from this cd. Great job John.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOTTA LOVE THIS ONE October 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ever since i bought this cd,the day it came out i have not taken it out of the cd player.The album is great from begining to end."Miserable bastard" is an up-beat catchy ditty,and the next song "Once you wake up" is a melodic radio friendly song talking about john being "asleep" and not being aware of how his life is takeng off in the wrong directon( the wheight thing)...."Tip the Domino" has a very catchy guitar line and the lyrics are great...."Home" wich is an older popper song is in my opinion one of the best on the album,Hell they're all great!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Popper Expanding on His Artistic Abilities October 18, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This album is, let's say different. Don't let people fool you, it takes a while to get used to this cd. Popper Has a few great songs on here but nothing that jumps out at you like in previous BT albums. I am afraid this won't be a very successful album
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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Great CD!
I'll be honest, I was a bit skeptical when I recently found out John Popper had released a solo album a few years back. Read more
Published on September 15, 2002 by "fun_police_100"
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific and fresh
Zygote: John Popper's 1999 solo album: extremely excellent, could be easily mistaken for a Blues Traveler album (since what makes most of the BT sound is John's vocals and... Read more
Published on January 18, 2002 by Yahn Van de Walle
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are a true BT Fan, You'll love this.
What more can I really say?
What's nice about this one is that its all John. Not that the rest of BT pulls him down or anything. Read more
Published on January 10, 2002 by podcasts4life
2.0 out of 5 stars Not close to the potential
Popper could have done so much more with this CD. Did not live up to my expectations at all. Don't waste your money on this one, buy BT Travelers instead.
Published on July 1, 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars <0 of 13> Songs Will Change Your Life
Believe me, I wish from the depths of my soul that I could say great things about this album. But I honestly think it's just really terrible. Read more
Published on January 9, 2001 by blr
1.0 out of 5 stars i can't believe anyone considers this 'music'
'miserable bastard' is the most adolescently conceived piece of trash i've ever heard - i can't believe the masses consume such irrelevant garbage - the song is void of any kind of... Read more
Published on November 15, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! Even better than his BT stuff!
I've been a big BT fan since "Four"--I absololutely love that one and "straight on til morning" but this is even better. Read more
Published on August 29, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you have never heard John Popper before...
If you have never heard John Popper before you'll love it. It is one of the greatest CDs I have ever received. Every song has a little piece that you will personally love. Read more
Published on June 12, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars More Popper for your Paycheck.
If your looking for another Blues Traveler Album, this really isn't for you. If you looking fo interesting ballads and humble regresssions than this will almost certainly inspire... Read more
Published on November 21, 1999 by Desert Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best cd's of the milllenium
Well, if you are a person that apreciates good music and feel the music you have to buy this cd because is excellent, a masterpiece that you need in your life
Published on November 5, 1999 by Javier Huesca
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