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More of the jangling, shimmering propulsion that's become The Zebras' trademark, though with a greater depth and broader scope to the writing. Main vocalist Jeremy Cole remains in equal parts cheeky and oblique on songs like opener You Look Ready and classic-to-be I Have Decided, while new member Greg Brady rings in with the warm and concise Cumbersome, proving this band's full range is as yet uncharted. Memorable closer The Nightmare recalls The Go-Betweens at their most tender. All this in mind, the focus rarely strays far from the guitars — most songs on this album contain at least twenty-four strings' worth!

1) You Look Ready
2) Worry A Lot
3) I Quit
4) Marching
5) Patient To The End
6) Cumbersome
7) Science Competition
8) Fine Lines
9) Doong Doong
10)I Have Decided
11) Miss World/Don’t Cry
12)The Nightmare

"PURE POP THE WAY IT SHOULD BE MADE — Teenage Fanclub's influence has been enormous, and the likes of Brisbane six-piece the Zebras show it loud and proud on Worry A Lot. It's a simple pop formula, but when handled with a touch of class it works a charm. Short sweet and to the point, the Zebras don't need to fret at all, they're onto a nice thing here." Rolling Stone

"There is nary a foot, or a note, wrong on this, and the Zebras can lay claim to being, if not the heirs, then at least the love child of the Go-Betweens. Loaded with hooks and soaked with harmonies, Worry A Lot is the perfect laid-back lovely thing to listen to during this earliest of summers." The Weekend Australian **** four stars

"The Zebras sound like Brisbane...with clean, distortion-free guitars jangling merrily amid pop tunes as summery as a stroll under the jacarandas in New Farm Park." Brisbane Courier Mail

"Effortless indie pop worthy of Belle and Sebastian... the Zebras could be that great Brit-pop band you?ve never heard of." Scene

"A Spector-like wall of melody that carry the three minute songs from end to end... Shine on, Brisbane!" Time Off

"They're from Australia, so the easy comparison to make would be the Lucksmiths... not that that's off base, really... but it's a bit more Essex-Green-meets-the Zombies. Beautiful vocals rest dreamily upon a light layer of sunny instrumentation... sensitive, but not stupid." You Ain't No Picasso

"Worry A Lot marks second release by The Zebras, following their self-titled debut from 2004. The album is crafted with the jangle pop that made the twee movements of C86 and Sarah Records so loveable. From the punchy guitar to the driving percussion, each song contains the power to knock you off your feet. The Zebras hail from Australia and it is extremely difficult to find a copy of anything by the group on this continent, making it clear a US-based label needs to release the album stateside.

“Patient To The End” marks one of the few ballads off Worry A Lot yet the verse is just as strong as those found on “Worry A Lot” and “Science Competition,” two of the albums most upbeat and catchy songs. “The Nightmare” is a surprisingly romantic and upbeat ballad for the title and lyrical content:

I’m thinking back when I was five
I knew that trees had eyes
And they would follow me back home
And tell me all their lies

Throughout the album, the lyrical content continues to astound—as in the repetitive chorus in “Science Competition”:

So delighted—makes me sick
And we can’t help it if we’re so thick
And I know this time
You’re gonna win first prize

Both “I Quit” and “Doong Doong” combine the male/female vocals throughout the entire song. The latter goes further, enhancing a more instrumental, guitar-heavy bridge with a rapid, driving percussion.

Some artists struggle with musicianship while excelling in songwriting. For others, the vice versa is true. However, after eight straight listens to Worry A Lot, it is clear that The Zebras have the uncanny ability to do no wrong." FensePost