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The Garden [VINYL]

Zero 7 Vinyl
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Vinyl (22 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000EGD1NI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,155,415 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zero 7 - The Garden 19 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
The third album by Zero 7 moves in a different direction from the 2 Albums that preceded it. Whilst still showcasing the electronic sounds that popularized the band, here the main focus is on the acoustic guitars and on the vocals of Jose Gonzales and Sia. This gives the music a summery quality, and you almost feel the album has a Summer Garden Music concept about it.

Unfortunately, The Garden is not as engaging a listen as Simple Things. Where it is let down is on the instrumental tracks. Seeing things, Left Behind, and Your place lack the addictiveness of Polaris or Likufanele, that made Simple Things a great listen all the way through.

However, you should not disregard "The Garden" because of this. There are Gems to be found on this album. Throw it all away, Crosses, and This Fine social scene are fine pieces of songwriting, and display the potential that may come from this band expanding on their sound. The Garden is definitely worthwhile listen, but be prepared for a slightly different listening experience.

(NB: "Special Edition" refers to its digipak packaging)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop listening.... 10 Oct 2006
By Lady V
Format:Audio CD
It's taken me a while to get round to writing this, but felt I had to applaud this outstanding effort by Zero 7. As others have mentioned, this is very different to Simple Things and When It Falls - the influence of Jose Gonzalez definitely comes in, and Sia's voice is tested in different ways (and she does magnificently, as always). Yes, it took a couple of listens to 'get it' but now, I am a woman obsessed. Favourite tracks would be Futures, You're My Flame and Fine Social Scene. Track 3 "Seeing Things" reminds me a bit of the theme tune from a 70s educational science video!!!

Anyway, go and buy it, give it a chance if you've been hooked on Z7's 'old' style - and then let it all become very clear how brilliant this is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Split down the middle 5 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
This new album has really split opinions, and I have to say that I'm not too sure either.

The Zero 7 boys have compiled The Garden on a Somerset farm and, on first listen, you'll think that the local scrumpy was rather stronger than they thought (being a Zummerzet man, I know the feeling).

The swirling strings and coherent melodies of the first two albums have been replaced by a heady, folk influenced mix of the good, the bad and the odd. An example of this is Futures, which starts as a gorgeous, mellow track, and then descends into a complex mess of knob twiddling on the mixing desk.

Having said all that, Sia's vocals are as superb as ever, and the album is still worth buying. If you loved the earlier albums, give it several listens because some of the tracks will eventually eat into your soul.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better every time you hear it 26 Jun 2006
By Br Pace
Format:Audio CD
The third album from Zero 7 after the two brilliant albums When it falls and Simple Things. The first time that I heard When it Falls I wasn't blown away, and then I listened to it again and then again and again and again and came to love every track, similarly with Simple Things only one track immediately stood out (destiny) and then I became addicted to the other tracks as well after a couple of listenings. When I heard The Garden for the first time I started to think "oh god they've gone experimental and what I loved has gone!" but just like the previous albums after listening a few more times I find myself adoring The Garden's quirkiness combined with the old zero 7 themes. As always Sia's soulful tunes blow you away, particuarly with You're my Flame on The Garden and Gonzalez's Crosses. This album is now constantly being listened to and like the old albums I don't see myself getting tired of it. Stand out tracks include: You're my Flame, Crosses, This Fine Social Scene, Seeing Things, Waiting to die, Pageant of the Bizarre and Throw it all away. (I came close to naming every single track). I have fallen in love with this album and only wish that I could have seen them live :( , I hope you love it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars zero 7 spread their wings 19 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
The range of opinion in these reviews is very interesting. I've been a zero 7 fan for a few years now, and am very impressed with their latest offering.

This really shows zero 7 at their best i think, trying a few new things out, but still remaining very true to their original sound. It definitely has a more folky feel in parts, but the introduction of more instruments to the mix just helps create a stronger sense of the music, whereas on the second album i felt sometimes it all just merged into a big floaty mess, albeit a very nice sounding one.

Tracks such as this fine social scene and pageant of the bizarre stick out for their great lyrics and melodies for me, but each song on this album offers something new, different, and always a pleasure to listen to.

Keep it up guys!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AUDIBLE SEROTONIN 1 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
As a major fan of Zero 7, I feel that Henry and Sam have exceeded all expectations with their third album 'The Garden'. Their trademark sound has 'graduated', with more sublime harmonies and upbeat rhythms, while maintaining the lush chords and strings so present on their first two albums. The lyrics are entertaining, intellectual, and lucid...and several musical styles are explored (i.e. shuffle, scat). The addition of Jose Gonzales' placid vocals is the perfect complement to Z7. The standout track 'Today', featuring Jose, evokes nostalgic 60's bossa nova vibes, while 'Crosses' is reminiscent of early Alan Parsons Project. Sia Furler is at her best, doing vocals on 6 tracks, with Henry Binns in perfect sync doing backing vocals on several.
Zero 7's slight variation in style from their first two albums is at first intriguing, and with repeated listening, becomes more captivating and addictive. The horn arrangements in tracks such as 'Your Place' and 'Waiting To Die' are pure big-band bliss, with the latter track closing the album and offering an ironically humorous and upbeat perspective on our own mortality by celebrating living.
This album will reward you. My advice...BUY it, Enjoy it, and reward the people in your life that make you feel good to be alive by bringing them with you into 'The Garden'.
Henry and Sam...if you ever read this...please never stop making music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good CD for both easy listening when with people and in the car
Published 3 months ago by C. Knowles
3.0 out of 5 stars Zero 7 - The Garden
It is a quiet CD to be listened to, but there's nothing exciting. Anyone who knows the first two discs may be disappointed a bit, they will not see the same excitement of the band. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jose Henrique
5.0 out of 5 stars the garden
This was a brilliant album by zero 7, until buying the album I had only heared one song but after taking a chance I brought this album and I haven' t looked back
Published 14 months ago by James mk
4.0 out of 5 stars Secret Garden Party
'The Garden' is the third studio album from the UK's down-tempo aficionados Zero 7.

If Simple Things was their stunning "chill" debut, then When It Falls was a refined... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible, quirky album from this very credible "Air" copy band
Really impressed with this album, very quirky with a spattering of musac thoughout. Interesting choice of guest artists singing on the tracks but nonetheworse for it
Published 16 months ago by The Director
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
This item arrived on time and was well packaged.
I had not heard of ths group befor, but their music is great, I'm becoming a fan of the electrical groups.
Published 21 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars prompt and effecient
Excellent service.Advertised as very good but actually brand new.Arrived in Ireland after 4 days.Very satisfied.
Published on 6 Mar 2010 by Fergus O'farrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good gift!
I sent "The Garden" by Zero 7 via Amazon to my sister as requested for a Christmas present. On the phone she told me she really liked it and was happy to get it.
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by Mr. R. C. Pole
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Zero 7 at the start then branches out
The opening track is the one used in British TV advertising for the album (and if I remember rightly, it became a single) so it has a "head start", I immediately liked it and the... Read more
Published on 28 May 2008 by Born Again Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep the Faith
Like so many before me, I too have waited to review this. Mainly because I was adamant to keep the faith. Thankfully, I have and it has remained in tact! Read more
Published on 15 May 2008 by RHM
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