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Zallen-Michael Zallen Jones / Blog

Power of Pop Magazine...Review

Power of Pop Magazine With hard work, passion and belief, genuine talent will always rise to the top. Not necessarily in commercial terms but those “in the know” will recognise the true pop-artistic value of musicians like Zallen aka Michael Allen Jones. While lesser artists struggle to find a distinctive voice or the technical skill to deliver material of any note, Zallen takes his Bowiesque space-rock into stratosphere with an attention to detail that belies its low-key and austere origins. Zallen is a prolific artist, having released six albums since 2002, which encompasses most of what passes for classic pop-rock e.g. glam, powerpop – y’know melodic rock ‘n’ roll. On Crash Landing, Zallen’s inventive song-writing continues to shine, keeping things interesting all the way through its thirteen tracks. Permeating through Crash Landing is a keen sense of humour that belies the serious work ethic that Zallen has poured into its creation. From the opening slinky I Had A Dream (resplendent with cowbell!) to the closing downbeat Blue Monday, Zallen traverses the gamut of pop-rock genres and stylings which will have students of the forms salivating. Listen to Crash Landing as an entire whole and the pleasurable experience will be complete. Good stuff. Kevin Matthews