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Simple Things

Zero 7 Audio CD
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Zero 7's ability to conjure beautiful lullabies with all the romance of 1960s French pop (as found on their debut LP, Simple Things) would have made them the toast of soundtrack composers and chill-out connoisseurs the world over. Unfortunately, two Frenchmen beat Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker to the title of "masters of comedown cool," leaving the London duo to be forever called "the British Air." And this is fair; the similarities between Zero 7's lush cinematic soundscapes and those of Air's Moon Safari and the Virgin Suicides score are so strong as to sound almost intentional. Nonetheless, their debut is a truly gorgeous album. It has all the tried and tested atmospheric tricks--bleeps and whooshes layered over plodding Fender Rhodes chords, swathes of strings and tender trumpet parps--but it's Binns and Hardaker's languid grooves and the soft melancholy of their melodies that make dream-state instrumentals "Give It Away" and "Polaris" utterly enchanting. The real power of Simple Things, however, is in its songs. As beautiful as the ambient strains are, when laid beneath the seductive vocals of Australian diva Sia on the ethereal "Destiny" or the heart-breaking "Distractions," their potency becomes apparent. --Dan Gennoe

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2001 debut full length for dance act described as, 'the British Air', the follow-up to two limited, critically acclaimed EPs. Highlights include the awesome African influenced instrumental passage 'Likufanele', the velvety 'I Have Seen' feat. Mozez & the quiet storm of 'Destiny' feat. Sia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Simple About This Album... June 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
...Except for the fact it is Simply Amazing! Its difficult to even describe the style of music at hand here - chill-out, lounge, trance, with traces of jazz, classical, and pop music throughout. Zero 7 takes you from porno music to polished, sultry and sinful to sweet and smooth within tracks and within the album. No matter what kind of music you listen to, "Simple Things" will surely relax your mind and your soul as you just take in all of the delicate yet complex songs arranged.
There are a number of styles explored on the album, which can be categorized in two large subdivisons - with vocals and with out. The vocal songs mainly feature male singer Mozez who stars on the albums opening disco-lounge track "I Have Seen", the absolutely amazingingly mysterious title track, and the sultry ballad "This World".
The two female vocalists are quite similar sounding, as noted on the stunningly addictive "Destiny" where they share lead vocals. The sound of Sia Furler and Sophia Barker's voices is accented softly with both a British sound, and almost a southern twang, but no worries their voices are like liquid on all the songs they sing. Furler returns on one of my fave tracks on the album "Distractions" a sweet love-ish ballad, while Barker is given the slightly weaker "In The Waiting Line" which shows the difference in the two girls voices as they are back to back, although Barker recuperates on the closing track "Spinning".
Within the non-vocal tracks the guys that make up our beloved band in question experiment with 1970's synthesized porno beats and keyboard sounds, mixed with smooth bass, acoustic guitars, and elegant strings, and of course that "air" sound that has led them to be labelled as "british air".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical sedative (in a good way) May 25 2004
By LJ101
Format:Audio CD
I won't lie here: I origianlly came into contact with this music because i was looking through one of my friend's music collection on Itunes and thought the name Zero 7 sounded interesting. I know it's a bad way to choose, but the guy had good taste and too many artists to go through them all. So I listened to it and it took me less than 10 mins to get hooked on everything written by this group. I loaded it on my player and took on Spring Break to ski- and literally the entire time this is what was playing. I don't do that often. I listen to a lot of different music and rarely listen to the same thing non-stop for more than a day. I just don't know what to say. This music is addictive. The melodies/harmonies are so relaxing. They just make you want to sit there and contemplate life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RARE GREATNESS!! May 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is pure brilliance! Every song. Every musician. Every vocalist. So Fresh. Reminds me of the freshness of Sade & Simply Red & Soul II Soul when they first came onto the scene. A new flavor to taste with your ears & hearts. Go on!! Go! Get this one!! Now!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars cool as the other side of the pillow May 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
I would give this one 5 stars if I loved ALL the songs. You cannot review everything youu love with 5 though. This CD is something that all of us that love to groove/chill with a margarita on the deck at dusk with someone you love, either in person or in your mind. This etherial piece delivers variety, technical/techno virtuosity and a calmness that will fill you up with peace. It is one of those that you have to listen to unencumbered and without distraction the first time, and then your mind can open to something very different and without genre. Hope I conveyed that if you even THINK you are cool, you must own this..
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable May 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
This CD is really great for just having in the background. It's really relaxing, and the songs just have an over all calming effect. I especially like #'s 1,2, and 12. Some of the songs i could do without, but overall, great album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plainly beautiful... May 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you don't own this cd yet, buy it now. This album is pure bliss, and has been in repeat mode in my stereo system (mp3 player, computer playlist, etc...) for a long time. Something that keeps you re-discovering new details and hidden layers of sounds. This is not just commercial chill-out music, this is NOT something you will leave on the shelf to gather dust. The music is somehow simple (like the title suggests) but extremely complex at the same time.
Best songs: from track 1 to 9.
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Zero 7 has a sound that to my ears, has strong elements of laid-back Seventies groups yet is completely rooted in today's smooth jazz genre. They combine seamless harmony and a relaxed tempo with guitar and synthesized instrumentals for a sound that is unique, but shows its origins with grace and humor. Not everyone is happy with the mix: the vocals have been compared to cloying "lite R&B" but this is a matter of taste, since folks over the decades have pretty much shown the music world that smooth vocals are what they want, and plenty of it. The vocals are hypnotic; either the fluid female duo sound of Sia Furler and Sophie Barker, or the male vocalist Mozez, whose husky ballads could get him nominated as the next Seal or even "let's get lovin'" Barry White replacement--not for his range but for the effect he has on the listener.
The prize here may be the spacey instrumentals, a clever blend of real drums and base mixed with electric keyboard and synthesizer. If you are a fan of smooth jazz such as Sade, you will probably enjoy this album. If you have't found anything you like in music since Kenny G, maybe this could find you a new groove. Sexy stuff.
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