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4.0 out of 5 stars
A Warm Sound, 16 Jan 2004
Zero 7 return with a beautiful 2nd album, proving that this band have found a distinctive and unique sound that they are comfortable with and so are we. On first listen, it all sounds very familiar, the only difference is that you are not singing along... yet.
The Rhodes keyboard drifts through the whole album, and shines on the Instrumental "When it Falls". The Production is flawless, and the vocals sparkle, with Sia Furler returning with her lovely soulful tone. Bins and Hardaker have excelled themselves with, what should be a number one album.
I have heard Zero 7 described as "Nu-Soul for the Post Club Generation" a description I personally do not like, as it makes me feel old, but then again the vocal arrangements on "In Time" do remind me of Fleetwood Mac !
There are points on the album where the Zero 7 boundaries are pushed, but only slightly. The bridge of "Passing by" hints at directions they could go and "Look up" demonstrates they are more than capable over writing more up beat tunes. They should feel more confident to take more chances with their music, and I am sure their fans will go with them.
The album ends is the astonishing "Morning Song" which matchs, if not surpasses 'End Theme' the climax of 'Simply Minds.' It all leaves you with that warm cosy feeling you expect from Zero 7. This band has so much more in them, if you are a fan or new to Zero 7 buy this album. But just do not except any surprises.