Zoom (The Knack album)

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Studio album by The Knack
Released July 14, 1998
Genre Power pop, new wave, hard rock
Label Rhino Records
Producer The Knack, Oliver Leiber
The Knack chronology
Serious Fun
(1991)Serious Fun1991
Normal as the Next Guy
(2001)Normal as the Next Guy2001

Zoom an album released by The Knack in 1998. It marked a second attempted comeback by The Knack, after their first attempt in 1991 with Serious Fun fizzled.[1] Terry Bozzio served as the drummer on the album in place of The Knack's original drummer Bruce Gary.[1][2][3] The album received positive reviews, including one that described it as the Knack's best effort since their debut album. The album was re-released several years later as Re-Zoom with three bonus tracks.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]

Allmusic critic Steve Erlewine praised the album as the "best album the maligned power-pop band has recorded since their debut," Get The Knack.[1] Writing in the Hartford Courant, Roger Catlin noted similarities between the opening song "Pop Is Dead", The Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing", and The Who's Tommy; he also noted similarities between the album's second song "Can I Borrow a Kiss" and the classic song "Needles and Pins."[5] He commented that while the album initially seems "to be on a track to produce a classic in '60s rock emulation along the lines of Flamin' Groovies' Shake Some Action, some of the later tracks "disappoint."[5] Author John Borack called the album "a stunning effort" and called it his favorite album of the year.[6] Trouser Press referred to the album as "a good, solid effort" that "isn't at all bad as slick, commercial Beatlesque power pop goes" but also noted that "the Knack is firmly caught in a dead zone between nostalgia, irrelevance and scorn."[7]

The lyrics to the song "Can I Borrow a Kiss" were based on an incident from when songwriter Doug Fieger visited Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco as a teenager, and a girl asked if she could borrow a kiss.[8] Fieger noted that that kind of thing didn't happen in his hometown of Oak Park, Michigan.[8] The song "Terry & Julie Step Out" is based on The Kinks' song "Waterloo Sunset".[9]


After the rights reverted to the band from its original label, The Knack re-released the album with additional tracks in 2003 under the title Re-Zoom.[9] This release followed the band's next unsuccessful comeback with the album Normal as the Next Guy. Allmusic critic Steve Mason called Re-Zoom "probably the best Knack album since 1979's Get the Knack, with at least a few fine examples of pure L.A.-style power pop and a psychedelic closing ballad."[9] Mason also noted that although the songs on the album did not have misogynist lyrics like earlier The Knack songs, the lyrics are "still rather smug," and that lead singer Doug Fieger sings "with a self-satisfaction unwarranted by his flagrantly derivative musical sense."[9] The additional tracks included covers of Badfinger's "No Matter What" and Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk."[9][10]

Zoom track listing[edit]

  1. "Pop Is Dead" (Berton Averre, Doug Fieger) - 3:47
  2. "Can I Borrow a Kiss" (Berton Averre, Doug Fieger) - 4:03
  3. "Smilin'" (Berton Averre, Doug Fieger) - 4:03
  4. "Ambition" (Doug Fieger, Stan Lynch) - 4:28
  5. "Mister Magazine" (Doug Fieger) - 4:02
  6. "Everything I Do" (Melissa Connell, Doug Fieger) - 3:50
  7. "Love Is All There Is" (Doug Fieger) - 4:13
  8. "Terry & Julie Step Out" (Berton Averre, Doug Fieger) - 3:33
  9. "Harder on You" (Berton Averre, Prescott Niles) - 3:05
  10. "You Gotta Be There" (Doug Fieger) - 3:22
  11. "Good Enough" (Berton Averre, Doug Fieger) - 4:49
  12. "In Blue Tonight" (Doug Fieger) - 3:48
  13. "Tomorrow" (Berton Averre, Doug Fieger, Prescott Niles) - 4:27
  14. "(All in The) All in All" (Doug Fieger, Oliver Leiber) - 5:13


Re-Zoom track listing[edit]

As for the original album, with three additional tracks:

15. "No Matter What" (Pete Ham) - 2:54
16. "Girls Talk" (Elvis Costello) - 3:26
17. Mister Magazine (Instrumental) - 4:01


  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, S. "Zoom". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  2. ^ Brackett, N. & Hoard, C. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4 ed.). Fireside. p. 463. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  3. ^ "The Knack". vh1.com. MTV. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ a b Catlin, R. (September 3, 1998). "Zoom - The Knack". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  6. ^ Borack, J. (2007). Shake some action: the ultimate power pop guide. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-9797714-0-8. 
  7. ^ Robbins, I. & Sandlin, M. "Knack". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  8. ^ a b "Getting the Knack". knack.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Mason, S. "Re-Zoom". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  10. ^ "The Knack: Re-Zoom". knack.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18.