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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

ZERO7 - WHEN IT FALLS 

Album: When It Falls
Artist: Zero7
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Let me start off this review with an admission: I do not like the mellow trip-hop/downtempo type songs with dudes singing on them. I don't have a precise reason for this, but it just sounds odd to me and I don't enjoy it. Zero7 has a couple jams with a dude named Mozez singing on them, so I'm going to pretty much ignore those songs.

As for the rest of this album, it's not bad, but I stop short of saying I enjoy it. If you're in the mood for some uber chillout or fancy lad dinner party music, then this would work just fine. But don't get me wrong, that isn't to say that the album isn't well done. I certainly can't knock the production here. The brains behind Zero7, Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns, have put together some very lush, layered tracks for their various vocalists to sing over. All of the tracks have very crisp but understated drums with a number of other guitar and synth sounds layered on top. All of which add up to a sound that can only be described by a word like 'shimmery' (if that is indeed a word). Pretty much all of the songs on this album (Look Up being the only exception) are all very mellow and they tend to blend together. I listened to this album at work for the first time and was onto about track 5 without even noticing. I should mention the work of Danish songstress Tina Dico, whose voice is a perfect match for the Zero7 sound and stands out on her two tracks.

In the end, can I recommend this album? Honestly, I don't know. I wanted to review this album to get some content in our electronica section, but I don't know if it really fits in that category. Perhaps you could call it 'thinking man's electronica' or some such pufter name, but I don't think I'm pretentious enough for that. If you're looking for some background music then is an excellent choice. I enjoyed a few songs on here (Home, The Space Between, Look Up), but ultimately it had little impact on me when I listened to it, and that's not a good sign.

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