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Simple Things

Zero 7 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B0000D1BWU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Zero 7's ability to conjure beautiful lullabies with all the romance of 1960s French pop, as found on their debut long-player Simple Things, would have made them the toast of soundtrack composers and chillout connoisseurs the world over. Unfortunately, two French men beat Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker to the title of Masters Of Comedown Cool, leaving the London duo to a life time of being termed the British Air. And justifiably so to some degree; the similarities between Zero 7's lush cinematic soundscapes and those of Air's Moon Safari and The Virgin Suicides Soundtrack are so strong as to sound almost intentional. Nonetheless, their debut is a truly gorgeous album. All the tried and tested atmospheric tricks are in play--bleeps and whooshes layered over plodding Fender Rhodes chords, swathes of strings and tender trumpet parps--but it's Binns & Hardaker's languid grooves and the soft melancholy of their melodies that make dream-state instrumentals "Give It Away" and "Polaris" utterly enchanting. The real power of Simple Things, however, is in its songs. As beautiful as their ambient strains are, it's when laid beneath the seductive vocals of Australian diva Sia on the ethereal "Destiny" or the heart breaking "Distractions" that their potency becomes apparent. With such moving tracks as these, Zero 7 dispel the notion that Simple Things is just another collection of nice background music and that they're just riding on Air's coattails. --Dan Gennoe

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frenchies - 1, Rost Boeuf - 1 9 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Zero 7 ARE very much like Air - and I kick myself for repeating what everybody else has said.
But, I have more to add: for the first half of the album I reckon they actually top their chilled-out, Frenchie counterparts.
The album's very much like Moon Safari, but with more basslines, beats, twists and turns. The first track is a classic, starting with a great bassline. And it carries on much the same, with tracks much more varied (I think) than the Air LP.
The album did start to lose my attention towards the end, however (hence the 4 stars rather than 5). But this perhaps just shows that I've spent too much time listening to the first few cool tracks.
So, if you are an Air fan, we've all establised you'll definitely like this. If you are not an Air fan, or have not sampled them already, give it a whirl. It's certainly good medicine following a hard day in the office.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Things, BRILLIANT Album ! 8 May 2003
By Mark G
Format:Audio CD
I can honestly say that the debut album “Simple Things” from Zero 7 is without doubt the most treasured in my collection. It’s sultry, smooth and ultra chilled, just right for those lazy summer days.
Having heard a couple of their songs on various chillout compilations, I decided to order the album and I can say that it more than met my expectations of them. The album produces a variety of different styles from jazz to soul to trip-hop and their is a great balance between the number of instrumental and vocal tracks.
The standout tracks for me are the catchy bass lines and beautiful background melodies of “Polaris”, the smooth flowing and dreamy guitar cords of “Give It Away” and the excellent vocals and slow moving rhythm of “In The Waiting Line”. To be honest, though, every track has something different to offer and it is an album that I can listen to all day and never get bored of. It’s a very poignant album and I’m not embarrassed to say that it sometimes makes me feel quite emotional when listening to it, such is the excellence of the album.
The superb vocals of Sia Furler and Sophie Barker further immerse you in Zero 7s unique brand of cool, sexy, downtempo music and leave a lasting impression on you and a tingle down your spine.
All in all, this is a brilliantly produced and well crafted debut album from a duo who don’t necessarily get the attention they thoroughly deserve for creating such a musical masterpiece. If your looking for an album that is refreshing, relaxing and let’s you unwind at the end of a long day, then you can’t go wrong with “Simple Things”.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Air? no, this is style AND substance... 17 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I felt I had to post a review after so many of the others on this page have, I feel, missed the point or failed to do justice to this magnificent album. The Air comparisons miss the point entirely - (though if you enjoyed it, you probably would love this album) - this is a true soul album in a luscious downtempo style. Their range is quite astonishing, from beautiful soulful songs of loss and hope - This World is without doubt one of THE best songs I have ever heard - a truly great and moving soul ballad. Likufunele reaches the same soulful peak while sampling an African woman's choir and the instrumental Give It Away swoops majestically. Much as I enjoyed Air's 'Moon Safari', 'Simple Things' is on another level of greatness to that album, it satisfies on every level - the lyrics are continually inspiring and the strings and chords satisfy the soul.
Better than Air, believe the hype.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece of vocal and instrumental elegance 27 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album four weeks ago on the strength of "In the Waiting Line" which was part of a promo sample CD and I was not disappointed : Each track is a masterpiece of vocal and instrumental elegance :"Polaris", "Give It Away", "This World", "Distractions", and "Destiny" (the latter two benefitting from the truly remarkable voice of Sia Furler) are perfect examples of a successful fusion of chill-out and pop. But the most haunting piece must be "Red Dust" a dark and moody yet uplifting instrumental combining the best of Brazilian Bossa and 60's film music Morricone style with cutting edge contemporary production. Although the AIR comparisons are sometimes unavoidable as in "Polaris" or "Give It Away", they are never overwhelming. All in all, a must buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hmmm sexy, sultry 31 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
Yes Yes Yes alright, Zero 7 do sound like AIR at their smooth best, but who cares, this is simply a majestic album. Any one of these tracks would grace any of the Chillout albums, of which there an abundence at present. "Destiny" aside do not expect to find tracks to storm the singles charts, just lay back, dimm the lights and let this album take you to that nice place. Every track oozes class with harmonic keyboards infused with subtle stings and woodwind cameo's and of course the sexy vocals. Move over Barry White this is my new weapon in the war of seduction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have a huge selction of CD's and love the likes of Keith Jarret, U2, St Germain to name but a few. I first heard this album at a dinner party and bought it a few days later.
What can I say ... it just gets better with each play. It is pure class. I have noticed that quite a few songs are now appearing on television etc. Everybody who has heard this album loves it and now owns it.
I can see how people think that the album sounds like the French band Air, who I rate very highly as well. I would however have to say that Moon Safari, which is a great album, is not as strong as Simple Things, which is quite an acheivement. Apart from the opener on Moon Safari (which I would put in the top 5 singles ever made), every track on Simple Things is better than whats left on Moon Safari.
The best album made since Achtung Baby. Keep it up boys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great find
I came across Zero 7 on a compilation album. Really enjoyable having a whole album of their music to listen to
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic album
At the risk of repeating myself, this is another fantastic chilled out album from Zero 7. The official review is a bit technical for my simple mind but it could easily be replaced... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Zero 7 - Simple Things
This CD is very well worked on the instrumental tracks possessing interesting. On vocals, it loses a little to "When It Falls" another excellent work of the band. Read more
Published 5 months ago by José Henrique
4.0 out of 5 stars Super cool
Tina Dico has an amazing voice, and have played this record constantly since I bought it. It just reminds me of long lazy summer days
Published 7 months ago by Glenn Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars "when I am down you breathe life over me"
Simple Things is the debut studio album from Zero 7.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time...
12 years later and this music still sounds gorgeous and contemporary. I actually bought this as a gift to my 72 year old father, who has promptly declared his love for it as... Read more
Published 11 months ago by James Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best...
Don't think about buying this, just do it and enjoy the chilled relaxing sound of Zero 7.

Probably one of the best chilled CD's I have....
Published 12 months ago by Shaun T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful chill-out music.
I heard Zero 7 at a friend's house and ordered the album as soon as I got home. Really great chill-out music - have listened to it loads.
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