When It Falls
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
years ago the British duo of Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns quietly
released one of the best albums of the decade, Simple Things,
which included the gorgeous track “Destiny.” These
two producers took their erotically relaxing sound, rounded up
singers Sia Furler, Sophie Barker and Mozez (all featured throughout
Simple Things) as well as vocalist Tina Dico and made
their follow-up When It Falls, an album that takes the
slower aspects of Simple Things and runs with them.
album starts off with Mozez taking the lead on the lackluster
(and frankly boring) “Warm Sound.” Despite the slow
start the album moves to the first single, and easily the best
song on the album, entitled “Home,” this time featuring
Tina Dico. Her powerfully understated vocals perfectly compliment
the porn background beats. This is definitely a track that could
set the mood (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).
begins the slow descent into oblivion for Zero 7. After this track
I started to forget that I was actually listening to the album.
The songs are okay, but they make for much better background music
than music that should have some attention paid to it. The upside
is that this is a great album to have in the background for almost
anything: cooking, thinking, shaving, boinking, there’s
a track for everything here.
will soon be remixed by Danger Mouse. If that name sounds familiar,
it should. He’s been getting a lot of publicity for combining
Jay-Z’s The Black Album and The Beatles White
Album and calling it The Grey Album. Hopefully,
he can liven up this track just a little bit.
Zero 7 have hit a slight sophomore slump. On Simple Things
they interspersed the slower tracks with some funkier and more
upbeat rhythms. When It Falls takes Zero 7 into the slow
and laid-back side of Simple Things and by the third
track the sound gets very tiresome.
nothing like their first album, When It Falls is still
a decent record that can be used as background music for anything
from reading a book to bedroom exercises.
liked When It Falls...
1. Warm Sound
4. Over Our Heads
5. Passing By
6. When It Falls
7. The Space Between
8. Look Up
9. In Time
10. Speed Dial No. 2
11. Morning Songs