Some Kind Of Great Album| Posted August 02, 2007
Audio Adrenaline's fourth album gave this popular Christian band a new sound. With it's roots in pop, Some Kind Of Zombie delivered it's fans music that was nothing they had ever heard from the band. On this album, the sound is leaning more towards rock's roots than the pop sound that put this band on the map. They teamed up with The Supertones on one track that simply rocks. Although the music is good, it was a disappointment from their previous album Bloom.
One of the Essential Audio A| Posted August 20, 2015
After the success of their breakthrough album Bloom, Audio Adrenaline returned a year later with their senior effort Some Kind of Zombie. They returned to similar territory musically for 1999’s Underdog and 2001’s Lift. Worldwide appeared in 2003 and their final record, Until My Heart Caves In dropped in 2005. Some Kind of Zombie (1997): 10 tracks, 47 minutes
Boasting a slightly different sound as the rock-inspired Bloom, Some Kind of Zombie features significant synth additions, complementing the straight rock songs like “Blitz” and “Superfriend.” The record also features a couple acoustic-driven songs, with the rest of the band chipping in to add some builds (“Lighthouse” and “Original Species”). Songs that drift toward the new style, while still remaining most definitely Audio A include “People Like Me” and “New Body.” The title track is probably the most peculiar of the ten songs. It’s got a lot of different instrumentation: distorted guitars leading into acoustic guitars, ambient keys, strings, and a delicate falsetto; it all works together to make an interesting song.
I really like the allusion to 1 Corinthians 10:13 that Mark makes in “Some Kind of Zombie” where he says, “Oh here they come / But I’m not afraid / There’s no temptation / I can’t evade,” and later he says that “. . . I’m dead to sin like / Some kind of zombie.” The clever lyrics on “Original Species” poke fun at The Origin of Species with lines like “I see a plan so grandiose / My very own Galapagos.” “People Like Me” reminds us “I hope you never believe / Just for a moment you’re better than me / The truth is that we are the same / All different people but only one name.” There are a lot of other great lyrics on this album in every song, so they’re all worth listening to.
Seeing how far they came to make it to Bloom, Audio Adrenaline made a leap of faith on this record. It distanced itself slightly from their previous effort, but still worked out in their favor. The songs demonstrate a maturity that is needed in the Christian music scene, while still maintaining a fun, upbeat vibe. Audio A has always been talented, but all aspects of their talent really shine through on Some Kind of Zombie.
The Transition From the Old to the New| Posted October 21, 2009
Released a year after Bloom, Audio Adrenaline enters their transition phase with this album. It introduces Tyler Burkam on guitar and Ben Cissell on drums. It sounds different than Bloom with more string elements and catchier melodies. This album paved the way for the height of Audio Adrenaline's career which came 2 years later with the release of Underdog. This album is a great pre-Underdog sampler as it has many of the elements that made Underdog so good.