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    Welcome to the EvO:R Independent CD Reviews Section.
    I would like to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves to everyone. The EvO:R review section features reviews from various independent musicians that submit material for our consideration.

    I wanted to let you know a little about our review teams collective thoughts on music. It's important to let the people we review know what we think of their music and how we listened to their creations.

    We hold nothing back! The team has been instructed to be honest and respectful of all CD's reviewed.
    The EvO:R CD Review Team
    Artist: ZamaPara
    Album: Peace of Mind
    Genre: Rock/Alternative
    Rating: 10 out of 10 stars
    Strenth: Solid musicianship, great vocals.
    CD Baby: Download Album
    Reviewed by: Charles Harrelson
    Edited by: Marion Lougheed
    Review Comments: next2zero@yahoo.com

    ZamaPara is a 5 piece indie rock band from New Orleans , Louisiana. The group specializes in artfully crafted intimate songwriting which is blended with their influences of the likes of: Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Paul Simon, Incubus, Bob Marley and The Police to name a few. The music is instantly recognized as having that "Louisiana Sound" with a shout out to the already mentioned artists.

    This was going to be a fun review as I loved every song on the release. I'm a huge fan of syncopation and counter balance musicianship both of which ZamaPara specializes in. The other day I was notified that lead singer Randy Perrone had passed away. Randy was not only the singer, he was the principal song writter for the band. He was credited for writing every song.

    "Randy Perrone friend and band mate Randy Perrone..His inspiration and music lives on"

    Band mate LeMar 'Rip' Williamson has already announced the band will continue to put the pieces back together and continue the mission of spreading ZamaPara to the world without Randy. I wish them the best. But messages can be spread in many ways, not just through one bands music. I'm sure the remaining band members will find ways to spread their message and continue to make Randy proud.

    With all this said I still have a CD to review, so here we go. Listening to a CD which is heavily influence by Dave Matthews Band and Sting I think you can get the picture as to what the bands sound is all about. Very off meter rhythms and perfect vocals backed by a stunning band. The formula for success has been written.

    One thing about an indie release which I have tried to drive home for years is for the band to lead the CD with the best song first. Many reviewers have a limited amount of time to decide if they want to review the CD or make a frisbee out of it. The first song is so critical to grabbing the listeners (reviewers) attention. Zamapara's first song The Storm does just that. I think it was the second best song on the CD but the best song would not have been a proper opening number. The song leads with a killer acoustic riff and by the time the vocals are added I was hooked. I asked myself if the opening song was this good, would the rest of the CD be a disappointment? Not a chance.

    Every great song writer has to have one song that will make a lump in your throat and the hairs on your neck to stand up. George Harrison had Something, Paul McCartney had Yesterday, Eric Clapton had Tears in Heaven and Jimmie Page had Stairway to Heaven. ZamaPara has Savayas an absolutely beautiful song which was clearly the best song on the CD. I must have played this song 5-6 times before I forced myself to listen to the next offering. If you don't buy this CD at least spend the dollar and add Savayas to your i-Pod, you won't be sorry.
    Songs available on CD Baby:
    The Storm /  B-Slice /  War /  Driving Song /  Savayas /  Mother Cries /  Close to Being Far Away /  Beautiful Riddance /  Edge of the World /  Nowhere to Go /  What's It All About /  Jail-In  / 

    I really can't find anything bad to say about this CD. I did start to feel as if the CD was losing some momentum around track 8 but it recovered nicely with Nowhere to Go. I've reviewed a couple CD's which came from Fudge Recording Studios. If your in New Orleans and your serious about your next music project you may want to give them a call before settling for second best.

    As for the loss of band leader Randy Perrone, “Goodbyes make you think. They make you realize what you’ve had, what you’ve lost, and what you’ve taken for granted.” So long Randy, this world will miss you.
    Reviewed by: Charles Harrelson
    Edited by: Marion Lougheed
    Review Comments: next2zero@yahoo.com
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