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Who Killed...... The Zutons?

The Zutons

2004

Who Killed...... The Zutons?
Album Summary

Who Killed...... The Zutons? is the debut studio album by the English rock band the Zutons, released via Deltasonic on 19 April 2004. The album's last known sales are that of 581,088 as of July 2006./nWho Killed...... The Zutons? was met with generally favourable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 73, based on 15 reviews. Many reviewers remarked on the mix of musical styles. Damas said complimented the variety of older forms, "very much 'dad rock' if you will, though it's injected with just enough fun that it doesn't sound like an entirely retro exercise". He said the most effective "moments come when the band expands their sonic palette", highlighting "Remember Me".

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3.18

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Genres

  • Rock

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Tue Nov 07 2023
2

The answer to the question “Who killed the Zutons?” should be a resounding “Who fucking cares?”

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Sun Aug 27 2023
1

Another album that sneaks onto the list only by way of UK bias. Unexceptional to the point of being annoying. Taking up precious space that could be filled by more worthy artists. My suggestions for a replacement from 2004 would be MF Doom's "Mm..Food," Fiery Furnace's "Blueberry Boat," Dungen's "Ta det lugnt," or Animal Collective's "Sung Tongs."

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Fri Sep 22 2023
5

This is like if the Black Keys wrote interesting songs. Amazing.

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Thu Oct 12 2023
5

Oh I LOVE this! Interesting punkish/indie rock with lots of very cool layers going on under some pretty striking but understated vocals. Give me so much of this! I didn't take notes on specific tracks but the mouth harp goes so hard, and there's such a large variety of styles in one album that still has a decent melodic and narrative through line. I love it!

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Fri Aug 18 2023
3

with such a cool album title i was ready for some cool music. i did not get it. not bad by any means but very fine

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Sun Aug 20 2023
2

Occasional bright spots in an otherwise very middle of the road UK indie rock album from 2004.

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Thu Dec 21 2023
5

Filled with variance, hits all the right places. Wonderful listen

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Tue Oct 03 2023
2

Who killed the Zutons? No-one killed the Zutons. Everyone was too ambivalent about their generic ill-advised genre-hopping middle of the road nonsense to get passionate enough to think about killing the Zutons.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
2

#152. An exceptionally unexceptional entry into the genre 2/5: yawn

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Wed May 01 2024
2

This was not memorable. It was not bad, but it did not hook me anywhere, did not inspire me to daydream, or dance, it did not move me or make me think or feel much. Unfortunately I do not care much about the Zutons after today. They did make an album, that's dedication to the craft and worthy of respect. But does it make it one of the 1001 albums I have to listen to? I do not think so.

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Thu Oct 12 2023
5

Absolutely stoked this album is on here. As a 13-14 year alto sax player there was nothing more likely to get me in the mood to practice on a Sunday arvo then putting on The Zutons, she was my hero. I assume I discovered them on MySpace (and subsequently downloaded a mish mash of tracks off LimeWire) and was immediately enamored. In a time before the sax made its glorious indie rock comback circa 2012/13, these guys were some of the only contemporary acts shining the light bright for the horn (cf. The Cat Empire). If only I held onto it for a couple of extra years. Also don't forget these motherfuckers wrote THE ORIGINAL Valerie, gimme a break.

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Wed Feb 28 2024
5

Starker Brit Pop. Hat mir gut gefallen

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Sun Mar 03 2024
5

Really enjoyed the entire thing. Especially the first half I feel they did enough to make it sound weird and unique enough to them where I could easily identify the band. Rating: 4.6

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Tue Mar 12 2024
5

I started listening to this and even though I enjoyed Zuton Fever I was tempted to be a little negative about this album. But as it progressed it kept making me smile and would throw in these very enjoyable moments that - on the second listen - really won me over. How can I not love Snoopy’s solo near the end of Nightmare Pt. II?

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Tue Mar 12 2024
5

A fun and easily digestible pop album with a variety of styles and instrumentation. I was quite well-taken with it!

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Tue Mar 12 2024
5

I certainly loved this sound! A happy new one to me. What a terrific album from beginning to end!

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Wed Mar 27 2024
5

Ah it‘s a perfect soulful, nicely designed retro rock A+++ S was album !

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Tue Apr 23 2024
5

Completely new to me. Pure quirky fun. I enjoyed it top to bottom, especially the opening track and Remember Me. Just this once I'm willing to overlook that an album doesn't actually belong on this list. Because of the good vibes.

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Thu Oct 05 2023
4

I’d forgotten how good this album, and this band, are.

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Thu Oct 12 2023
4

Some nice solid rock music, no complaints. I LOVE Zuton Fever, it sounds like some early King Gizzard jams. Jams all the way through, nothing I wouldn't happily listen to again.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
4

Cool rock album- unusual sound!

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Thu Feb 15 2024
4

I liked this album a lot. I wish I knew why it was included in the list because it didn’t seem to have a lot of influence or broader significance. But it was good music

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Mon Feb 19 2024
4

Really good! Enjoyed it quite a lot

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Wed Feb 28 2024
4

Somewhere between a three and a four. Genuinely pretty good! I've rated worse things three stars, but I've rated better things four. The summary said some reviews made for an average score of 73. Seems about right. Probably doesn't need to be on the list, at all, but I imagine some tracks would play well on the soundtrack of some film. High praise, eh?

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Thu Feb 29 2024
4

Scooby doo music. Don’t know why or how to explain, just scooby doo music (this is a compliment)

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Fri Mar 01 2024
4

I sang along a bit, tapped my toes a bit, and played it a couple of times. Pretty decent fare

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Fri Mar 08 2024
4

So far so good. Not in love with it but it's not bad at all.

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Sun Mar 10 2024
4

I liked this music, very interesting blend of styles. The quick upbeat drums and sax gave this album touches of ska which I liked. Pretty fun listen throughout!

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Tue Mar 12 2024
4

Nothing about this made me feel bad and at times it felt kind of good. Overall there was just a little something missing in the mix for me.

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Fri Mar 22 2024
4

Nice. Not as jangly indie as I had them down as. Some really good moments anppeals to a similar part of me as The Heavy. Also really liked Moons and Horror shows. The bass sound is excellent too.

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Fri Mar 22 2024
4

Fun, solid tunes, little bit weird, but in a good way. I could get into The Zutons...

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Mon Mar 25 2024
4

A nice gem to find on this list. Will listen again.

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Wed Mar 27 2024
4

Not what I expected and I am delighted

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Thu Mar 28 2024
4

the start of this record caught me a bit off guard. The first couple tracks I thought we were in for more straight forward punk rock, but after the third song the whole record took a sharp left turn. I loved everything after track 3.

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Thu Mar 28 2024
4

Never heard of them before, great music tho!

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Mon Apr 01 2024
4

This seems random. I was in a bad mood while I listened to this and I think it helped.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
4

4/5. A solid collection or pop/rock songs, just great songwriting front to back and despite a few songs at the end, super catchy and enjoyable. Not much else to say, really dug Confusion, Railroad, and Remember Me. Just a good album, no other notes.

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Fri Apr 12 2024
4

Kuuntelin tätä n. 22-23 maissa sateisena ja pimeenä iltana kun tulin sporalla kaupan kautta kotiin. Tässä on sellasta fiilistä et jokainen biisi vois olla elokuvan soundtrackil ja sil taval et ku kattoisin sitä elokuvaa niin ajattelisin et onpa hyvää musaa. Kaikes on jotenkin positiivinen biitti ja viba, sanoja en kuunnellut liikaa koska olin omissa ajatuksissani. Tosi jees, EKA NELONEN!!

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Sat Apr 13 2024
4

Well, there's definitely too much saxophone here. But, aside from that bit of poor judgement, it's a pretty solid album. In fact, it's damn good. It's such a strong love letter to the power rock of days gone by while still being forward-thinking and progressive. Except for that stupid, unnecessary saxophone. It just pulls everything backwards and distracts from the tasty guitar licks. Shame. Really, it's a miracle that this scored a 4 with so much pointless saxophone on display. The constant, monotonous goose honk on "Confusion" lost it a star for a bit, in fact. But the rest of the album pulled it back. It really is quite good.

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Tue Apr 16 2024
4

A great debut album which I bought back in the day. So many unique sounding tunes. Full of energy and a great listen. Glad to see they have returned this year with a new album

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Thu Apr 18 2024
4

Zips by like a lot of the indie albums of the year. +1 for the most recent Jews harp cameo I've heard.

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Thu Apr 18 2024
4

Garage rock, indie pop. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Sun Apr 28 2024
4

Fun and upbeat. I’m hearing like Modest Mouse and Nirvana melodies. Lead singer is great and the way they incorporate other instruments well. Hits: Zuton Fever Confusion Not a Lot To Do Remember me Don’t Ever Think Too Much

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Mon Apr 29 2024
4

Wow blown away by this group and LP which was almost perfect. Last song went country and slow to end it which sucked. But pretty fresh original unpredictable music. Good musicians with great songwritting.

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Sun Aug 20 2023
3

An unexpected treasure trove of potential playlist and soundtrack gems. 3 zebra futons out of 5 🦓🦓🦓

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Sun Sep 17 2023
3

Nice music that's quite representative of this century first decade's music. However, I fail to see the incredible in it, that quality that should place it in some exclusive list like this one is meant to be.

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Tue Feb 27 2024
3

Not a bad album of indie-alternative rock. Better than I expected based on the 2.5 star rating from allmusic.com. Havana Gang is a pretty good tune. Nightmare part 2 also pretty good. It's a ystery to me why this pretty inconsequential band made this list, but I enjoyed listening. 3.5 stars

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Thu Feb 29 2024
3

It was a fun time, like being in a haunted house ride. Overall not necessarily my cup of tea, but still a good project.

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Mon Mar 04 2024
3

Some great bits but some of it is shit

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Mon Mar 04 2024
3

Had a cool vintage guitar sound.

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Mon Mar 04 2024
3

Not bad but not good either.

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Tue Mar 05 2024
3

An interesting mix of styles... reminds me a lot of garage rock from the 60's... a la The Chocolate Watchband... occasionally mixed with a Radiohead vibe (I can easily see Thom Yorke delivering in the style of Pressure Point or Havana Gang Brawl). The album has some interesting variety, cool percussion and a pretty approachable style. Havana Gang Brawl is the strongest track for me, with the remaining being an interesting listen.

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Tue Mar 05 2024
3

Kind of a rock meets rockabilly sound? some of the intros remind me of the stray cats. weird and nice. but ultimately not something I'd probably listen to again very often.

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Tue Mar 05 2024
3

This was fine, if bland. Millennial garage rock with a bit of a retro sheen. I liked it well enough, but no one needs to hear this album before they die. Fave Songs: Pressure Point, Long Time Coming, Nightmare Part II, Confusion

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Wed Mar 06 2024
3

Idk it wasn’t bad but nothing really stood out to me. But i was fine just having the album running in the background. just didn’t really hear any stand out tracks.

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Wed Mar 06 2024
3

I can’t tell if this completely sucks or it’s actually really good

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Wed Mar 06 2024
3

I like this. These guys have a different sound and are amusing as well as musical

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Thu Mar 07 2024
3

Perfect from start to finish!

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Fri Mar 08 2024
3

Reminds me of white stripes. 3? 4?

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Fri Mar 08 2024
3

This one was ok. It was fine in the background, though my BF remarked that this album seemed to be 10 hours long… not great considering that it’s only 43 min. I don’t know if I’d listen to it again. I think I’d go for The Avett Brothers or Black Crows first.

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Sun Mar 10 2024
3

This was a fun, unexpected album. Had bits that reminded me of the white stripes, Weezer and a few others, almost to the point I figured it was a side project for someone else. I didn't get a ton of time for notes, but I liked it more than not. Favorite track: "Zuton Fever" 3/5

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Sun Mar 10 2024
3

It was ok. Couldn't get into it so will need to re listen

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Mon Mar 11 2024
3

Never heard of them but liked it.

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Thu Mar 14 2024
3

Recorded in 2003, this sounds like an ode to old school garage rock from the 60s or even 50s, similar to The Cramps. Only problem is that The Zutons don’t execute as well. It sounds fine, but it also definitely sounds somewhat influenced by Britpop, becoming a weird amalgam of eras that just doesn’t work well for me.

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Wed Mar 20 2024
3

Fun art rock. A little rockabiliy. Pleasent enough but I'm sure I'll forget I ever listened to this album or the name of the band.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
3

Very solid album. Hard to believe it was recorded in early 2000s. It's as if they found some forgotten records from 70s and and re-edited them in the 90s.

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Fri Mar 22 2024
3

I like that they couldn’t think of what to sing about for their first song so they decided to sing about them selves and a little doo doo doo doo doo doooooooo to it. He got a cute voice though. I like the moons and horrors one too - good vibes

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Mon Mar 25 2024
3

Interesting and had some pretty cool things. They sound fun live.

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Thu Mar 28 2024
3

some interesting songs but meh

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Thu Mar 28 2024
3

It's fine. Kinda generic Brit rock. Not as interesting as Gomez or some their contemporaries. But certainly listenable. Unexpected bangers: Pressure Point, Nightmare Part II

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Thu Mar 28 2024
3

Unknown.. I would have liked this then and, but not as much as they like themselves.

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Thu Mar 28 2024
3

Interesting. This was pretty good background, nothing to daring. But catchy.

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Thu Mar 28 2024
3

Meh. There were a few tracks I liked, but others that oddly annoyed me

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Thu Mar 28 2024
3

If The Black Keys, Wilco, and the Aquabats had an orgy, The Zutons would be the result. Never heard of this band before but I’m interested to explore more. Some tracks on this album but didn’t feel overly exceptional.

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Thu Mar 28 2024
3

This was a great find I had never heard of and really enjoyed.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
3

Better than I remember, have to be in the right mood for it.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
3

Didn't know what to expect with this one, but ended up really liking it. Looking forward to hearing more from this group.

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Thu Apr 04 2024
3

it's a good album for sure, but i don't think it deserves a place on this list. it reminds me a lot of the zombies and oingo boingo as a fusion. it's fine, but it doesn't have much of an impact on music today. in all, i enjoyed it, but i don't see myself recommending it to anyone.

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Fri Apr 12 2024
3

Don't Worry! Zuton Fever, while contagious, is easily curable! With three hits of Uranium you should be good to go in no time!

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Thu Apr 18 2024
3

Decent album Standout Songs: Havana Gang Brawl Nightmare PII Dirty Dancehall

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Fri Apr 19 2024
3

Perfectly fine indie album but nothing special. There are way better Liverpudlian indie albums to spend your time with, like the La's.

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Wed Apr 24 2024
3

Really fun album, catchy and bright. Nothing incredibly compelling but nice to put on.

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