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Tuesday, Aug 19 2014
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Writing a truly sexy song — not just a track about sex but one that actually feels sexy — is one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish in pop music. For a decades-old lesson in how to get it done, revisit "Time of the Season" from the Zombies' 1968 record Odessey and Oracle. Aside from being a tune used in movies and TV as a quick cultural signifier of its era, "Time" is a most perfectly delivered come-on from the on-again, off-again English rock outfit (who more recently issued Breathe Out, Breathe In in 2013). "What's your name? Who's your daddy? Is he rich like me? Has he taken any time to show you what you need to live?" Colin Blunstone asks patiently, stoically, flirtatiously, as guitars, drums, and an organ carefully make the kind of spare, intoxicating psychedelia you could float away on. The sense of sensuality in "Time of the Season" is greatly enhanced by the song's minimalist design; minimalist songwriting is also a tactic used by contemporary indie rock band The xx to drive its own high-quality sexy songs. The more things change ....

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