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Jas Mann, who to all intents and purposes is Babylon Zoo , has had greatness of sorts thrust upon him, if greatness resides in stardom. Even in the world of pop, it is hard to think of another act that has risen so precipitously, and, as the jibe goes, so without trace. But how could it be otherwise, when until about a week ago, the only discernible trace of Babylon Zoo was an electronically treated voice on a jeans advert?

Unlike most jeans adverts, however, the music turned out to have an unusually exotic face, and an even more exotic background - part Asian, part Native American. Mann, or his management, is cannily playing this for all it is worth, presenting him, post-Bjork, as a similarly cute but unusual doll figure. It is, however, debatable how deep the eccentricity goes, judging by the music on The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes, which is re-heated techno-glam guitar-rock somewhere between Ziggy Stardust and Jesus Jones.

To a young fan, Mann's songs, with loose references to aliens, sexuality, corruption and religion, might appear the very acme of questing modernity, but what this album brings home is just how mundane the notionally exotic can be.

02 Feb 1996: The Independent - Page 13 - (677 words)

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Jas, fully named 'Jasbinder', was born in Dudley in the West Midlands on the 24th day of April 1971

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