Journey Across the Pond: The Zutons – Tired of Hanging Around

Day 31: The Zutons- Tired of Hanging Around


  1. Tired of Hanging Around
  2. It’s the Little Things We Do
  3. Valerie
  4. Someone Watching Over Me
  5. Secrets
  6. How Does It Feel?
  7. Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love?
  8. Oh Stacey (Look What You’ve Done!)
  9. You’ve Got a Friend in Me
  10. Hello Conscience
  11. I Know I’ll Never Leave

About the album

Tired of Hanging Around, is the second studio release from English scouse* rockers, The Zutons. The album was released in April of 2006 in the United Kingdom and charted at number two on the UK Top 40.

(*Scouse: the accent and dialect of English.)

Thoughts on the album and tracklist

The first thing you will notice when you listen to Tired Of Hanging Around is how much the Zutons as a band have grown up. Tired of Hanging Around excels with surprising hooks and originality. When compared to their debut album, Tired of Hanging Around is a more cohesive effort. The sound is more mature than that of their debut, Who Killed… The Zutons.

The lyrics of McCabe fit with the guitar, sax, bass and drums so well. New instruments have been introduced in a few of the songs, such as “Someone Watching Over Me” where most of the song is just the vocals of Dave and a piano playing backing chords. If there is one thing you should notice with the sound of The Zutons on Tired of Hanging Around, is that, there are no solos. Despite this, everything runs smoothly throughout the album, making it an enjoyable one to listen to.

The album’s appeal lies in its attention to dynamic builds and melodic momentum. For example, “Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love?” begins with a big guitar hook that links to a distorted sax line, before quickly dropping into a straight-ahead bass and drum groove verse, only to be punctuated by occasional staccato, chunky guitar chords and blended wails. It is a very slick maneuver to build the momentum, all before diving straight into a pulsating and propulsing chorus.

The lyrics of McCabe fit perfectly with the motifs of rock and roll: youthful anguish, hangovers, loneliness… all with a sense of whimsy that makes it neither depressing nor cloying.


As I’ve stated many times throughout this project, if you stop music so seriously, you may discover something that you not only missed, but something you actually like. Tired of Hanging Around, is one of those albums that people will miss… whether it’s because of previously stated or because no know has heard of the band. It’s the little things The Zutons do that make this one of the most likable albums from 2009.


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