Karen Zoid - Chasing the Sun

2009-08-18 08:17

Sure, some listeners are going to dismiss middle class ditties like "Black Guitar" and "Born to Shine" from Karen Zoid's new album Chasing the Sun as middle-of-the-road misfires. But by alternating agitated rockers ("Foto's Teen die Muur") with introspective acoustic ballads ("Beautiful", "Meisie wat Haar Potlood Kou"), the South Afrcian rock goddess insistently delivers a series of aural postcards that make for liberating listening.

The decision to kick off with the ballsy rasp of "Oh my Love" delivers, immediately entices the listener with its angst-filled simplicity. While "Suburbs" is an intimate snapshot of the hellish everyday experience of life's many cul-de-sacs with Zoid's wail transforming seemingly trite sentiments into an irony soaked exploration. Yet rather than tread water in the inner thematic quagmire though, the singer surges straight into the defiant anthem "Ons Soek Rock & Roll", declaring her missionary intent with an incisive mix of straightforward guitar driven glory.

Of course, savvy singer songwriter that she is, she's not afraid to return to an intimate mood, with "Deurmekaar" a wistful and confessional reflection on lost love. While lyrics like "Ek ken jou lyf/Ek ken jou taal/Ek ken jou goed/Ek ken jou kaal" might alienate those listeners who prefer fully clothed metaphors, Zoid is an entirely different rock beast. Eschewing pretension for a forthright lyricism on the biting socio-cultural critiques of "Verandering", "Forty Seven" and "Danville Diva" this is one "rock chick" who simply calls it how she sees it:

"Woolies, Edgars, Mr Price/In die Tydskrif lyk dit nice/Diselhemp, designer drugs/Julle e-mail ek wil faks/Maak staat op jou eie smaak/Sonder labels is jy naak/it's all just marketing baby..."

And yes, if you hadn't heard yet: Levi's are sponsoring her.

- Miles Keylock
Sometimes formulaic, sometimes introspective. Karen Zoid's new album makes for liberating listening, sponsored by Levis (TM).

Johan 2003/08/03 7:11 PM
Mr Excellent!The best youg S.A. can offer!
Ramon 2003/08/05 6:06 AM
Mr Excellent-Afrikaans isn't dead yet! Sparklehorse-"It's a wonderful life"
Rohan 2003/08/05 9:18 AM
Cool!!! www.karenzoidfan.co.za
carla broad 2003/08/05 7:19 PM
karen zoid u rock man it cool!!! Jy rule allie boere Karen! The best!
Andrew Campbell 2003/08/06 7:57 AM
Chasing the Sun - Karen Zoid Absolutely mind-blowing stuff... the lyrics are stunning and she certainly knows how to rock... but apart from the rock anthems, it's been a long time since I've heard ballads (English: Beautiful & Afrikaans: Deurmekaar) that literally make you close your eyes and miss someone you saw 2 minutes ago! Brilliant!
lindy 2003/08/08 1:43 PM
rock chick in name only as great as her music is, she's a middle class chick who likes the good things in life - like money and cool clothes. ie: Woolies, Edgars, Mr Price/In die Tydskrif lyk dit nice/Diselhemp, designer drugs/Julle e-mail ek wil faks/Maak staat op jou eie smaak/Sonder labels is jy naak/it's all just marketing baby... she pretends to be so down-to-earth, but daddy was a diplomat, ie. wealthy
J for K 2003/11/30 4:38 PM
Karen Rocks Karen rocks, as said before, but some people are not noticing. She is down to earth, i met her. She's just like any other person, exept she says what she wants about anything bothering her, she has no pretence to her and you can always trust that what she says (and sings) are always the truth! An excellent CD with an exellent band. This CD is a must-have and adds a meaning to your life! Rock on, Karen!!! If you got a problem with that (or agree) e-mail me.... Good Charlotte - The Young and The Hopeless
J for K 2003/11/30 4:42 PM
Karen Zoid Sorry, my e-mail is mistychic_1512@yahoo.com E-mail me for anything...
Michael 2004/06/22 8:10 PM
Rock chick rules I've also had the privilege of meeting Karen and I think she's a stunning woman. Her music sounds like it could have personal meaning, as it should, and I love both CD's. Glad you like the music, Lindy, but don't diss the person because her dad is wealthy. Karen is not her dad, and she's got the breasts to prove it.
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