The Zombies, “This Will Be Our Year”

"I’ve actually sung it at my son’s wedding, and at my wife’s sister’s wedding as they walked down the aisle,” songwriter Chris White said.

Newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Zombies may be the only act in that hallowed institution whose greatest album was released after they had broken up. Record company hesitance and band squabbles hamstrung the release of Odessey And Oracle, but in the years since it finally saw the light of day in 1968, it has been rightly recognized as a classic. Many people fixate on the sound of the album, which finds a sweet spot between psychedelic rock and baroque pop. But the songwriting, split between band members Rod Argent and Chris White, deserves serious credit as well. Argent was responsible for the album’s memorable hit single, “Time Of The Season,” while White came through with “This Will Be Our Year,” which has shown more endurance than many songs of the era that were big hits at the time. “This Will Be Our Year” revels in open-hearted positivity, with Argent’s sprightly piano serving as the driving musical force. But that positivity means more because of how the song hints at darker times without dwelling on them for very long. It feels like the couple at the heart of the song have earned this happiness. White’s…

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