Song 5: The Zombies, “This Will Be Our Year” (1968)Posted: January 5, 2013
For the longest time, I knew the Zombies only from their song “Time of the Season,” which I could not hate more. I may just be sick of it from having heard it repeatedly on WZLX, but good lord. It still just sounds like psychedelic nonsense to me.
I was therefore thrilled to discover that the rest of Odessey and Oracle, the record on which that song appears, is wonderful. For the most part, it’s everything that “Time of the Season” is not: light, amiable, melodic. And “This Will Be Our Year” is its mascot.
The song is optimistic, but not naively so. Unlike, say, “I Want You Back”, there’s an underlying assumption that Things Can Be Shitty. “I won’t forget the way you held me up when I was down,” sings Colin Bluntstone; the title’s sentiment may be wishful thinking, but it’s not without skepticism. This is one of the sweetest songs I know, mostly because of that underlying assumption. Things Can Be Shitty, but darkness has gone. We’ve only just begun.
Should I mention that the Zombies broke up before Odesseey and Oracle came out? Probably not.