Secret Garden Party,
This review is from: The Garden (Audio CD)
'The Garden' is the third studio album from the UK's down-tempo aficionados Zero 7.
If Simple Things was their stunning "chill" debut, then When It Falls was a refined example of genre specific perfection, or as close as is musically/subjectively possible. The problem that the band faced at this point was that not only was their style excessively but justifiably branded with plagiarism but that they had reached the pinnacle of how far they could push the rhodes-infused repertoire.
For their third offering, to say that the band maintained their original signature sound whilst progressing with some more upbeat electronic (as the official description suggests) would be cliche. In reality this sits in a totally different place to the previous two affairs (and it had to); this is playful. intricate and revealing. Take the album cover for example - this is a suggestion that this album uncovers a previously monotone and whilst effective unoriginal set of sounds to expose a complex and intricate personality. This album fully exposes Sia's quirky disposition and even the previously silent producer Binns takes to the microphone in 'Throw It All Away' and 'Your Place'.
To allocate this music an appropriate setting is tricky. It is perhaps the peculiar, and at times unsettling and unstable nature of these tracks that underlines their originality. Even the more traditional 'folky' numbers featuring Jose Gonzalez feel fresh and atypical. What is great about this album is that it has real character. Much like an eccentric and effervescent friend, the album may seem odd at first, but allow time and patience and it should really grown on you.
Listen to: The Pageant Of The Bizarre, Today, Crosses