The tenth studio album and a UK-only release by English glam rock act T. Rex.
Marc Bolan's new partner Gloria Jones and other recent American friends, such as Gloria's brother Richard and backing singer Pat Hall, had helped influence Bolan's music, and he was experimenting with soul inflections.
Although the sound of the album was very stark and the lyrics very simple and direct, Bolan had tried to go beyond the rock format of the previous T. Rex sound and reflect his recent immersion in the US soul scene.
Several of the songs had a very futuristic tone, especially "Space Boss", "Think Zinc", and "Golden Belt", Bolan being a great fan of science fiction. The band on this album also featured a twin-drum sound on some tracks, notably "Solid Baby", provided by Davy Lutton and Paul Fenton.
Stephen M. Deusner of Pitchfork wrote, "A purposeful return to the looser sound of Electric Warrior, Gun fires blanks. For all its directness, the album is mostly perfunctory, working some of the same sounds and ideas, but the results lack movement and liveliness; Bolan's mojo definitely wasn't working. Worse, he really doesn't sound invested in these songs." Whitney Strub of PopMatters wrote "Bolan's Zip Gun contains enough good moments to preclude classification as a disaster, but just barely."
01. Light Of Love 3:17
02. Solid Baby 2:38
03. Precious Star 2:53
04. Token Of My Love 3:40
05. Space Boss 2:50
06. Think Zinc 3:25
07. Till Down 3:02
08. Girl In The Thunderbolt Suit 2:21
09. I Really Love You Baby 3:34
10. Golden Belt 2:41
11. Zip Gun Boogie 3:19
Marc Bolan – vocals, guitar, DMS (Dartmouth Music Synthesizer)
Mickey Finn – percussion
Dino Dines – keyboards
Gloria Jones – backing vocals, clavinet
Steve Currie – bass guitar
Harry Nilsson – backing vocals
Davy Lutton – drums
Paul Fenton – additional drums on "Solid Baby"
Bill Legend – drums on "Till Dawn"
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