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Foxtrot Zulu — Frozen in Time
(Phoenix Rising 2002, 1999, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2000-05-01

Frozen in Time Cover art

Foxtrot Zulu is a Rhode Island group who should be finding a quick path onto the roots radio wave still prevalent across the US. One of the things that sets the seven piece apart from other roots bands is their additional brass arrangements which provides a suitable mat for the other players. Their guitarist, Neal Jones, can flesh out a piece with Paul Miller’s additional percussion over chordal phrasing by Jeff Light on various trumpet, flugelhorn, or trombone parts. Lyrically speaking, vocalist Nate Edmunds is amusing to the point of parody on statements such as on “The Day the Moon Crashed into the Ground” (a piece bemoaning the uses of technology) or “A Pretty Perfect God Damned Day.” The group has varied influences, which are merged into a clever combination of the electric and the acoustic. “Reply” features a cross section of mandolin and electric rhythm guitar accompanying a solid rhythm backing from drummer, Jeff Roberge and my choice as best piece on the disk. “Cop Cars and Credit Cards” is probably the funkiest groove, which the group gravitates to rather easily. At their most pedestrian, Foxtrot Zulu reminds me of the weaker points of Hootie and the Blowfish or Counting Crows. For a good time party band, this line-up would do well to open for either of these more established national acts. “Frozen in Time” should perform well in their chosen market given the national exposure from their aggressive label, Phoenix Rising.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 19, 1999 releases

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