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Not the best formula for a compilation
on 29 June 2010
Zero 7 have divided opinion greatly in recent times, alienating many fans that were drawn in by their luscious, layered and unpretentious melodies of the first two albums, 'Simple Things' and 'When It Falls'. Their last album and indeed tour disappointed the vast majority of their fans, turning their back on their successful formula, losing the vocalists that had defined the band, and heading off into a new, harsher direction with 'Ghost'.
This compilation, taking tracks from all their EPs and albums is anachronistic. Zero 7 have never particularly been a singles band. Thus tracks from 'Ghost' jar greatly when put alongside the mellowness of tracks from the first two albums. I tried to put together a 'best of' Zero 7 playlist on my ipod but it just didn't work, and neither really does this. Merging tunes from the first two albums, works - not the last two......... which is a shame as they remain one of the most influential bands from the early noughties and deserve more popular acclaim.
I suppose this will be a marmite collection - there will be some songs you will love, and others you will hate, depending on whether Ghost floated your boat or not.
If you have never listened to their music before, this is not a good starting point in my opinion. Listen to the first two albums, as there are great tracks from there not included in this album, and see how Ghost sits with you after that!