Zero 7
Simple Things


4.5
superb

Review

by Dayvan Cowboy USER (7 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2008 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Zero 7 challenge AIR’s Moon Safari for the chillout album of the millennia with an elegant and enchanting debut.

Moon Safari was massive. With tracks like “All I Need” and “Ce Matin La”, it set the benchmark for chilled electronica at a ridiculously high level. It still is your ultimate chill out fantasy. Times infinity. No other chillout CD has ever quite matched it, but Zero 7’s Simple Things isn’t far off. This album is more gorgeous than any girl/guy you can ever think of. Yes, it sounds as though it’s giving more than a nod to that beautiful 90s French album; you could even think of Simple Things as an up-to-date Moon Safari, or even, the
British version. But don’t let that take anything away from it.

“Time goes so slow, days come and go”

The beats, the bass, the lush strings arrangements, the acoustic guitars; everything here is blissfully effortless. The influences (other than AIR) are clear; trip-hop beats and jazz scales are masterfully scattered across the twelve tracks, as are several instrumentals, and those are where the duo really shine. “Red Dust” and “Give It Away” have enough grooves to prompt a romantic slow dance, but could induce feelings of sleepiness half way through; there’d better be some cushions on the dance-floor. The divine orchestral arrangements and guitar chord progressions of “Red Dust” are typical of every track on this album, but work particularly well here with the song’s main flute melody. It’s a joy to listen to, as are the other instrumentals, “Polaris” and “Lifukanele”s African influenced melodies.

“When I’m weak, I draw strength from you; and when you’re lost, I know how to change your mood. And when I’m down, you breathe life over me; even though we’re miles apart, we are each other’s destiny.”

Sia Quango’s contribution to the album is invaluable. Her voice perfectly fits the slow love songs “Destiny” and “Distractions”, and turns the dreamy “In the Waiting Line” into an enchantingly seductive number. And “This World” is an absolute gem. Lyrically these songs are probably better than songs on Moon Safari; look no further than Destiny”. But for smooth DX solos, check out the title track. Ethereal, smooth, sensual, call it what you will, it’s the album’s best track, with a super-cool jazz drenched finale solo and heavenly singing.

There are a few reviews knocking around claiming that Simple Things is nothing more than a cheap Moon Safari rip-off, a shameful attempt to beat the unbeatable. Don’t let them fool you. Simply put, this is a gorgeous album that should be in anyone’s music collection, regardless of taste; your ultimate chill out fantasy (after Moon Safari).



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iai
Emeritus
June 4th 2008


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Honestly I don't think either this or Moon Safari are all that great, but the female-fronted tracks on this are brilliant.

Review's not bad.

emogangstascotty
June 5th 2008


472 Comments


it sounds sweet =]

radianteclipse
June 5th 2008


397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Distractions" is one of the best songs ever.

Apocalyptic Raids
June 5th 2008


810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice album but most of the time i would just rather listen to air.

Buckey1983
August 2nd 2008


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I absolutely love this album.

AlexTM510
December 19th 2008


1401 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

destiny is awesome

MassiveAttack
July 10th 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

enjoying this so far.

jeremologyy
March 20th 2010


269 Comments


isnt her name sia furler?

WashboardSuds
January 17th 2011


5007 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great record so far, almost too relaxing.
destiny, polaris, and distractions are all great
and good review, pos'd

Digging: Gas - Nah und Fern

aok
April 23rd 2011


4422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm watching pohhhhrrrn / In my hotel dressing gown

Digging: Aphex Twin - Syro

ferociouslettuce
April 28th 2011


195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do you belieeeeeeve in what you see? There doesn't seem to be anybody else who agrees with me

mothercountry
June 29th 2011


447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'in the waiting line' is fucking jelly--

AlonsoHarris
June 29th 2011


466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album rapes. i thought when it falls was amazing too. The Garden was good but they sounded like a different band. and Ghosts is fucking stupid good.

aok
June 29th 2011


4422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album definitely needs some more sputnik love

ferociouslettuce
July 3rd 2011


195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Such an underrated release

mothercountry
July 4th 2011


447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

do you believe in what you see

aok
July 4th 2011


4422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there doesn't seem to be anybody else who agrees with me

KieranVogel
July 18th 2011


29 Comments


in the waiting line is the best song ever

aok
July 19th 2011


4422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'I have Seen' is criminally unknown =/

mothercountry
July 20th 2011


447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is fucking dynamite



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