Late last year, DAY6 shocked me with their fantastic – and musically varied – full album The Book of Us: Entropy. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the group’s music before, but Entropy really pushed their sound to another level. Retro anthems like Deep In Love and Emergency were particularly impactful, and gave me hope that they’d lean further into this refreshing approach. Unfortunately (for me, at least) new single Zombie reverts to a more standard idol rock template.
I don’t think that DAY6 have ever released a bad single, but some just haven’t grabbed my attention as much as others. For the most part, Zombie falls within this category. It’s perfectly competent, and infused with emotion, but there’s no element that stands out as a musical highlight. I like the crisp percussion that opens the track, and kept waiting for it to build into something more. Instead, the song takes a brief guitar break and segues back into its subdued arrangement. The second chorus is bolstered by a beefier layering of instrumentation, but it still adheres too closely to generic radio rock for my taste.
The same could be said about Zombie’s chorus as a whole. It’s well-written and performed, but I just don’t like it very much. The melody feels repetitive and rote, playing out in a sing-song fashion that lands exactly where I’d expected it to. And without the incredible energy of a song like Time Of Our Life or even Sweet Chaos, the result is just kind of flat. Again, Zombie isn’t a bad song. But, stacked against DAY6’s incredible discography, it’s not one that I see myself seeking out often.
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