Review of The Zookeeper's Boy Single by Mew

The Zookeeper's Boy
Single Review

Mew The Zookeeper's Boy Single

Despite its big Bunnymen style guitars, epic production and glacial vocals, "The Zookeeper's Boy" evokes little more than its own self-created bluster.

The faintly ridiculous lyrics about becoming a giraffe and an ostrich suggest that there's a decent Flaming Lips-esque song trying to get out, but is submerged beneath overcooked multilayered vocals. Pared down slightly and given a less garish production, Mew could have a memorable single on their hands, but "The Zookeeper's Boy" contains far too many spurious sounds to truly hit home.

Ben Davis

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