26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Zero 7 certainly know their music,
By A Customer
This review is from: Another Late Night: Zero 7 (Audio CD)
A rare find in these days of corporate compilations ; a mix CD which manages to introduce artists new to the listener and give insight into the influences of the compilers, while being an excellent listen from start to finish. That the record manages to flow while including such a wide variety of styles is evidence not only of Zero 7's expert mixing skills, but of their understanding of the music and what makes it work together. The influences they drew from this music are not always obvious, but the melody and uncluttered, tuneful arrangements are common with much of Simple Things. The fist Album I shall buy as a result of this is Jim O'Rourkes' Eureka ; Ghost Ship In A Storm contained here combines folk, quirky lyrics, and a gorgeous piano lick over a gentle rhythm like nothing else I have heard. The mixes of the Serge Gainsburg and Roots Manuva tracks are much better the originals. The classic Stylistics track, with its extended instrumental outro, is well placed at the end. Of the few not so good bits, Zero 7's own contribution sounds a little overwrought in its use of prog synth, but it's starting to grow on me.
I could sit and listen to these guys playing from their record collection all night.