I think people are trying to make excuses just because it's Zero 7. We all love their first two albums, who doesn't, they are sublime. The Garden really split people, I hated it, some were indifferent - but at least it had a sound and a spark and some consistency. It was very different to the first 2 but in an understandable way. But this - this is just LAZY! It's short, it's boring, it's self-indulgent. Nothing stands out, everything is listless, continuous and DULL! IT'S JUST TERRIBLE!
I challenge the positive reviewers here: if you were given this, and told it was written by a pair of sound engineers who no one had ever really heard of, you would dismiss it for pretentious nonsense with no musicality, life or vibe at all.
The real debate should be on why the last 2 albums have so lost their way: and whether the duo, as their input has increased (Binns on vocals?!), have shown themselves to be not so talented after all... won't stop me loving simple things and when it falls, but it does make you wonder about who really made those albums to be what they are.