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NEW Zero 7 - When It Falls (CD)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm, Not Warmed-Over July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
"When It Falls" is the second album from North London's Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns. The duo achieved worldwide success with their 2001 debut, "Simple Things," and continue their clever synthesis of jazz, downtempo electronica, and folk-pop on this new collection. The band's sound brings up warm memories for those who spent part of their childhood in the 70s. When guest vocalist Tina Dico croons the lyrics to the outstanding track "Home," one is reminded of family car journeys accompanied by the easygoing sound of AM pop radio; in that aspect, it's not unlike Joni Mitchell's seminal work "Hejira." "Somersault," with vocals by returning singer Sia Furler, continues the theme of domestic comfort, extolling the virtues of a lover who "feels like home." The addition of subtle string orchestration and well-placed acoustic guitar help ensure "When It Falls" remains a truly organic listening experience from beginning to end. Unlike many other artists in the downtempo category, Zero 7 seems to understand that slower beats and technological tricks are no replacement for emotional warmth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rising and falling March 27 2007
Format:Audio CD
The sophomore slump hits Zero 7 in their second album, "When It Falls." Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns create a fairly pleasant mesh of downtempo jazz and trip-hop ambience, but their major failure is monotony -- there are few highs or lows in this pleasant if unmemorable album.

The mellow montony of the well-named "Warm Sound" sets off the tone of the album, echoed in the vague "Over Our Heads," spacey title track, and mellowly uninviting "In Time." Unfortunately, these are the most likely to send listeners to sleep -- musically, they possess plenty of beauty and sweetness, and have a distinct polish. But they don't have anything that makes you sit up and take notice.

But the less ambient songs display a little more oomph. There are also forays into ambient folkiness in the low-key "Home", the acoustic and the harmonica-electronica of "Look Up." Some pure trip-hop even seeps in with the jazzy "Passing By," with its mellow singing and faint electronica swips and sweeps.

The primary flaw of "When It Falls" is that it neither rises nor falls -- it's more of a straight line with some gentle bumps and dips. It's more downbeat than their debut album, a little more pensive and laid-back. But one particular highlight is the vocals: Sia Furler and Sophie Barker's sensuous voices, as well as the deeper, soulful voice of Mozez.

Zero 7 does well in melding trip-hop and mellow ambience with jazz and folk. If you can wrap your mind around the idea of harmonica and electronica in the same song, it should be right for you. Guitar riffs aren't very impressive. But the string section is the most accomplished and polished, with violins darting in and out of the music against a faint percussion backdrop.

While often relegated to arty makeout music, Zero 7 is pleasant enough, even when not getting cuddly. It's just that in their sophomore album they get a little too mellow for their own good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars relax June 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Before 9/11 there was all this chill out/make out music being made like Supreme Beings of Leisure, Morcheeba, and even Saint Etienne. Zero 7 were among the ranks. Before Norah Jones and Dido there was music for middle age spinsters and pot smokers that was not interested in pushing the envelope (i.e. The Prodigy "Smack My Bitch Up"). It was soft sounds for relaxing after all that money being made on Wall Street. I guess Air's Moon Safari was the key album of the movement if there ever was one. Zero 7 had some cool videos and animation (this was before 1 Giant Step too). Female vocals oozed out of the speakers like they had just been bonked for the past few days and they were all right with it. Zero 7 played a lot of live dates. That influenced the new record, which expands then sound, and have more steady builds. This is almost like bossanova jazz. Wasn't Bebel Gilberto involved here? We have heard these moods before. It's three years later and people still need to unwind, take E, and relaxed with adult music. It's time to make children. No matter that the country's bankrupt and the environment is depleted. Let's all sit back and let Bin Laden rule the planet for a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! April 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
Yes that's how I describe this album, I have been recently introduced to chill out , And I was recommended to check out Zero 7 , so I went and I got "Simple things" and "When It Falls" at the same time, I really think that "Simple Things" is an excellent effort and has some really outstanding tracks like " The Waiting Line","Destiny", "I Have Seen " ,"Red Dust" among others but in my opinion "When It Falls" is just simply Irresistibly their best work so far!,there are probably about 3 tracks (out of 11) which I did not care much but the rest is just Electronic Downtempo ear candy, the lovely voices of Sia Furler and Sophie Barker shine (as they did on Simple Things) again on delicious tracks like "Somersault", "In time", "Speed dial No 2" and my favorite track on the Album "Passing By" , Mozes also delivers a powerful performance on the excellent "Over Our Heads".
I am an avid music collector buying (different types of music) at least 5 or 6 CDs every month and so far this year this has been one of the nicest surprises (or discoveries) along with Air's new "Talkie Walkie" which is also an excellent album I highly recommend. To wrap this up, do not hesitate, if you are courious enough and have come this far, GO Get It , there is some really Beautiful music waiting for you to enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tiffany
Truly a masterpiece!!!! Listening to this CD makes me no longer compare Zero 7 to Air. The music of Zero 7 has a soul that separates them from other artists. Read more
Published on July 15 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Not all that good
This is one of those bands that you hear one of theirs tunes on the radio or see a video and you can hardly wait to get the CD. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Kurt R. Eichenmuller
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasant and comfortable
There's plenty to like about this CD if you liked their first CD. It is a bit more down-beat than the first one but that isn't a negative. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by techmannn
5.0 out of 5 stars My only complaint with Zero 7 is....
The fact that they let MTV use their great music as a background to their crappy reality t.v. shows! Read more
Published on July 12 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointing
Not much different from Simple Things only not quite as interesting...No new territory covered here.
Published on June 25 2004 by Tigerdag
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff...
I love the voices of those that sing for Zero 7. The music is very harmonious and melodic. It's great to listen to (and yes, good 'mood' music!)
Published on June 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars From Zero to Hero!
I saw Zero 7 perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live and had to have this CD. Great music, near perfection. This is one of my favorite CDs out right now along with mr. Read more
Published on June 12 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars If, like countless others who discovered Zero 7's debut...
If, like countless others who discovered Zero 7's debut, Simple Things, you've been using it as mood music during "strategic moments" with the opposite sex, When It Falls will be a... Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Paste Magazine
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD + Your Woman = Fantastic Evening
This has become my favorite CD right now. I can't get enough of it. The reason being, it is just beautiful music. Read more
Published on June 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Mood music for the lonely at heart
Wow....what can I say? This group is amazing. They transcend all levels of the consciousness and make you feel sexy and uninhibited while at the same time, provoke your poetic... Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by Mama Kimmberli
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