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Simple Things (Eastwest Release)

Simple Things (Eastwest Release)

22 Apr 2001
4.6 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 22 April 2001
  • Release Date: 23 May 2011
  • Label: EastWest U.K.
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  • Total Length: 1:00:46
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  • ASIN: B001F3WI60
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,895 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Zero 7 ARE very much like Air - and I kick myself for repeating what everybody else has said.
But, I have more to add: for the first half of the album I reckon they actually top their chilled-out, Frenchie counterparts.
The album's very much like Moon Safari, but with more basslines, beats, twists and turns. The first track is a classic, starting with a great bassline. And it carries on much the same, with tracks much more varied (I think) than the Air LP.
The album did start to lose my attention towards the end, however (hence the 4 stars rather than 5). But this perhaps just shows that I've spent too much time listening to the first few cool tracks.
So, if you are an Air fan, we've all establised you'll definitely like this. If you are not an Air fan, or have not sampled them already, give it a whirl. It's certainly good medicine following a hard day in the office.
Enjoy.
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For me, the best chillout album of alltime, but it is much more intelligent than just 'chillout', with imaginative electronic textures alongside beautiful soulful songs (though you need to be in a particular mood to cope with Sia Furler's singing where a single vowel is stretched over at least five syllables... as in 'I' being 'aaaahhhhiee'... so 2001... Sophie Barker is a much nicer singer). Has been known to move me to shed a tear or two at its loveliness.
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I can honestly say that the debut album “Simple Things” from Zero 7 is without doubt the most treasured in my collection. It’s sultry, smooth and ultra chilled, just right for those lazy summer days.
Having heard a couple of their songs on various chillout compilations, I decided to order the album and I can say that it more than met my expectations of them. The album produces a variety of different styles from jazz to soul to trip-hop and their is a great balance between the number of instrumental and vocal tracks.
The standout tracks for me are the catchy bass lines and beautiful background melodies of “Polaris”, the smooth flowing and dreamy guitar cords of “Give It Away” and the excellent vocals and slow moving rhythm of “In The Waiting Line”. To be honest, though, every track has something different to offer and it is an album that I can listen to all day and never get bored of. It’s a very poignant album and I’m not embarrassed to say that it sometimes makes me feel quite emotional when listening to it, such is the excellence of the album.
The superb vocals of Sia Furler and Sophie Barker further immerse you in Zero 7s unique brand of cool, sexy, downtempo music and leave a lasting impression on you and a tingle down your spine.
All in all, this is a brilliantly produced and well crafted debut album from a duo who don’t necessarily get the attention they thoroughly deserve for creating such a musical masterpiece. If your looking for an album that is refreshing, relaxing and let’s you unwind at the end of a long day, then you can’t go wrong with “Simple Things”.
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I felt I had to post a review after so many of the others on this page have, I feel, missed the point or failed to do justice to this magnificent album. The Air comparisons miss the point entirely - (though if you enjoyed it, you probably would love this album) - this is a true soul album in a luscious downtempo style. Their range is quite astonishing, from beautiful soulful songs of loss and hope - This World is without doubt one of THE best songs I have ever heard - a truly great and moving soul ballad. Likufunele reaches the same soulful peak while sampling an African woman's choir and the instrumental Give It Away swoops majestically. Much as I enjoyed Air's 'Moon Safari', 'Simple Things' is on another level of greatness to that album, it satisfies on every level - the lyrics are continually inspiring and the strings and chords satisfy the soul.
Better than Air, believe the hype.
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A MASTERPIECE! SIMPLE THINGS SIMPLY ASTOUNDING. So well produced and written I think anyone would love it. One of the greatest chilled albums in history. With some amazing lyrics and melodies. This is a masterpiece and it always will be. Not many words are required here to express the deep appreciation for such amazing music.
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Simple Things is the debut studio album from Zero 7.

It's a tragedy that you are more familiar with the name Justin Bieber than of Henry Binns & Sam Hardaker; an elusive duo that dwell at the periphery of fame, sharing a drink or two with Michael Sandison & Marcus Eoin amongst other such elusive pairings. The foursome are having a discussion about whether or not music should be best left 'pure' and without lyrics.

Instead, introducing Sia Furley, Mozez and Sophie Barker.

Binns & Hardaker are sound engineers from the 1990's who decided to showcase the above artists within their own delicious concoctions. Each track presents a cascading melody rich in instrumentation over a sometimes repetitive and familiar bass-line. The album infuses neatly into the popular little-fluffy-clouds-chill-out-ibiza sub genre that was flourishing at the turn of the noughties.

But to leave it at that would be an injustice to the emotion that can be drawn out from this album. Early on in the record the departing melody of 'Polaris' halfway through the track, whilst ridden with the pitter-patter of cliche bongos, allures the listener into enchanting melody that is only fully realised in the vocal tracks. Sadly, Simple Things has been know to make its way to the exclusive dinner-party shelf next to
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