label: Quango / Palm
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
times Air seemed to be creating space-lounge music for the technical
and "out-there" aspect of it, Zero 7's approach is decidedly
deeper, making Simple Things a spaced-out ecstatic soul-groove.
It's an album of lust, spirituality, and empowerment; and it's
an album which will undoubtedly increase the world's population
as a result of its mere existence.
ethereal sweeps and bleeps culminating in a musical pastiche of
sexploration, Simple Things is a marvelous experiment
in chilled-out electronica. True, the similarities to Air's Virgin
Suicides score and (even more so) Moon Safari are
obvious, but its only in their skin that the two are brothers.
immensely popular single, "Destiny" is worth the price
of admission to this space jam alone. With glorious vocals by
Sia Furker and Sophie Barker, it's a sublime cut so swank even
Dan the Automator felt it a necessary inclusion on his latest
mix album, Wanna Buy a Monkey?. It's beautiful Waking
Life-meets-A-Ha video aside, it's a moniker to the space-chill
movement - and only one of fourteen remarkable tracks.
is Ms. Furker's only appearrance on the disc, the vocals of Sophie
Barker on the splendid "In the Waiting Line" and Mozez
on "This World" easily pick up the slack. Even then,
it's on the album's pure instrumentals that this group of Radiohead-remixers
shines its brightest - most notably on the ultra-dank bonus track
of "Salt Water Sound."
may simply write Zero 7 off as nothing more than followers in
the footprints of France's Air, but do not be led astray. Simple
Things is an album worthy of its own praise, and we simply
can't wait until we get to hear more from these British groovesters.
10-Jul-2002 8:24 PM
liked Simple Things...
1. I Have Seen
4. Give It Away
5. Simple Things
6. Red Dust
8. In The Waiting Line
9. Out of Town
10. This World
12. End Theme
13. Salt Water Sound