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Zero Down: With a Lifetime to PayWith a Lifetime to Pay (2001)
Fat Wreck Chords
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: thirtysecondsthirtyseconds
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So anyway, the other day, I was flicking through some records I haven't played in a while and decided to crack open Zero Down's With a Lifetime to Pay. For anyone not aware, Zero Down was fronted by the late great Jim Cherry, a founding member of two skatepunk heavyweights, Pulley and Strung Out, bo.
So anyway, the other day, I was flicking through some records I haven't played in a while and decided to crack open Zero Down's With a Lifetime to Pay. For anyone not aware, Zero Down was fronted by the late great Jim Cherry, a founding member of two skatepunk heavyweights, Pulley and Strung Out, both being favourites of mine. So how does this sound?
Is this what you offer me, a system of dishonesty?Despite all this doom and gloom (complimented well by some smooth gritty, moody vocals), we are provided with a few faster songs such as "The Way It Is," "It Ain't Over Yet" and "The Best," which are just enough to keep everything flowing well. In other words, you don't get bored. Let's face it, Mr. Cherry was always great at writing creative riffs using variations on the bog standard power chord (see "Working Class Whore" or "Mind Of My Own") and this is no exception. Unfortunately that link with the songwriting in Pulley and Strung Out left me wishing this was in the same vein. What we have here is a nice change for fans of the aforementioned bands and a decent album but ultimately, I end up returning to Twisted by Design or Esteem Driven Engine.
Thanks for the music Jim, and rest in peace. Did you have to close this album with "...and now I choke to death on the words I didn't say," though?
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