Elizabeth and the Catapult | The Other Side of Zero

Verve Forecast (2010)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 2, 2010
2.5 2.5 Stars


It appears that Liz Ziman has been flirting with a busted heart. At least, that's what it sounds like on this second offering from Brooklyn's Elizabeth & the Catapult. All the indications are there: bitterness, a jaded outlook, and the disjointed hope for a better tomorrow — but not necessarily in that order, since love never follows a logical connection of the dots. And though no new ground is broken, the classically trained pianist and Berklee alumna shows her confidence and talent with this strong break-up record right after the quirky cool of last year's Taller Children. That's good news for those Sara Bareilles/Rachael Yamagata–loving chicks looking for a fresh soundtrack to back their I've-been-scorned journal entries at Diesel Café. "Time (We All Fall Down)" sets the mood from the start as it waits for a lost love to return, the patient lyrics belied by an agitated musical backdrop. Arms folded in a heard-it-all-before position, she directs "Worn Out Tune" at the beloved who doesn't return — a topic she deals with further on the sarcastic requiem "Thank You for Nothing." Ziman goes for a Damien Rice/Lisa Hannigan feel on "Go Away My Lover," and the song comes off surprisingly well, with a staccato, almost tribal backbeat, and fellow singer-songwriter Jeff Taylor sturdy in the significant-other role. The only real snags are the bland lyrics you find on "Open Book" ("So come on baby won't you read me"). For the most part, this is a pained heart searching for peace. On "Do Not Hang Your Head," Ziman tells a potential paramour that she'll likely do to him what's been done to her but asks him to please forgive and "bring me home again."

  Topics: CD Reviews , Music, Berklee College of Music, Pop,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   THE SOFT MOON | ZEROS  |  October 24, 2012
    Feeling disassociated, darkened, distressed, or just plain different this fall? Don't fret or suffer like the only hope out there for getting lost musically is by listening to early Depeche Mode or jumping on the Kraftwerk revival bandwagon.
  •   BAT FOR LASHES | THE HAUNTED MAN  |  October 18, 2012
    It's no myth that artists tend to struggle with the dreaded second-album slump, but less clichéd and much more real is the third-album choke — especially when previous releases are so critically acclaimed.
  •   THE WALKMEN FILL IN THE GAPS  |  October 10, 2012
    Nothing on the seventh Walkmen release is remotely as jarring as their 2004 masterpiece, "The Rat," a song that had frontman Hamilton Leithauser howling over frenetic guitars and a wildly crashing drumbeat.
  •   FRIGHTENED RABBIT READY TO EMERGE  |  October 02, 2012
    It's always annoying when a band is touted as "the next big thing," especially when they've been around pumping out great stuff for years and then suddenly everyone is talking about them like the stork dropped them off that morning — see Bon Iver winning a Best New Artist Grammy this year, five years after their debut came out.
  •   THE SOUND QUALITY OF CASPIAN  |  September 25, 2012
    Bands looking to create a BUZZ should take note of Caspian.

 See all articles by: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER