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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
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Tiffany July 15 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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. This CD hangs with Simple Things, their debut. I would have to rate them as one of the best groups out there right now!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not all that good July 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. Then you find that it's listenable but very superficial and after one or two listenings you feel cheated and it goes into your mass play for boring parties or "romantic nights." There's a disconnect between the music and lyrics that bothers me a great deal. I believe that these guys tool around with music and get a good sound then add lyrics, I hate that style of writing. If you're considering buying this CD, buy an Aaron Copland collection too and I promise you that you'll listen to Copland 10x more than this CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pleasant and comfortable July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. If I had one complaint it is that several songs sound like something from one of Air's CD's. The use of synthetic 60's sounding horn sections sounds great but really, Air did this already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My only complaint with Zero 7 is.... July 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The fact that they let MTV use their great music as a background to their crappy reality t.v. shows! Zero 7 is one of those great bands that you want to pretend as though you are the only one who has discovered them- although anyone who hears you playing it will want to buy the cd. With that said, when I hear their songs on MTV, just about every day, it cheapens it a little bit. But, I understand. They need to make money....
Great music. Not even enough words to describe. My favorite is "Home" and "Somersault".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointing June 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
Not much different from Simple Things only not quite as interesting...No new territory covered here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff... June 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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!)
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