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This review is from: Simple Things (Audio CD)
Right - let's get one thing straight. Zero 7 are no Air: all these comparisons are getting silly. Fine, some of the tracks do sound like they could have been lifted off Moon Safari, but could you see Zero 7 running about with t-shirt wearing monkey puppets or Volkswagen Camper vans with wings on them? No, I thought not.
And in this lies the key. With Air, despite the brilliance of Moon Safari (which I don't think anyone who likes this album could deny), there is always a certain kitsch value attached. Maybe it's because they come from the same land as Serge Gainsbourg and the like - I don't know. But there is NO WAY you could attribute the same values to any of the songs on Simple Things.
And that's because Zero 7 have produced perhaps the best document of British multiculturalist dance music since Massive Attack's Blue Lines a decade earlier. Yes, it's THAT GOOD.
Yes, I know it's the summer and any hyperbole that may have been in that last statement may have been a result of the hot weather, but I truly believe that there is something magical going on with this album. And this is why - despite the songs being, like those on Moon Safari, perfect 'background' music for middle-class dinner parties or country house BBQs, closer inspection reveals the tracks on Simple Things to be more ethereal, spiritual and eternal. Try telling me you can listen to the sumptious harmonies on Destiny and not be stirred so much that you start to tingle. There. See my point?
Because here you have songs that are not only pleasant to listen to, but also demand listener interaction. Fine, this may sound a bit analytical for an Amazon review, but in Destiny, In The Waiting Line and I Have Seen you have three tracks which easily match, if not better, Unfinished Sympathy. Preposterous I hear you cry, but no - see, like Massive Attack's best known song, these tunes have beauty AND power, as well as the uncanny knack of making you click your fingers fervently in time.
Add these to acoustic instrumental scores such as Give It Away (easily as good as anything on Moon Safari) and Red Dust and you have not only your perfect summer soundtrack, but also the best album this Millennium so far.