When It Falls
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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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on July 15 2004
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 morePublished on July 14 2004 by Kurt R. Eichenmuller
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 morePublished on July 12 2004 by techmannn
The fact that they let MTV use their great music as a background to their crappy reality t.v. shows! Read morePublished on July 12 2004
Not much different from Simple Things only not quite as interesting...No new territory covered here.Published on June 25 2004 by Tigerdag
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
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 morePublished on June 12 2004
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 morePublished on June 7 2004 by Paste Magazine
This has become my favorite CD right now. I can't get enough of it. The reason being, it is just beautiful music. Read morePublished on June 3 2004