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The Garden CD (2006)

Artist: Zero 7

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Personnel: Henry Binns (vocals, background vocals); Dedi Madden (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Nigel Godrich (acoustic guitar); Sally Herbert (strings); Martin Williams (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Simon Willescroft (alto saxophone); Paul Booth (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Nathan Bray, Darren Wiles, Henry Collins (trumpet, flugelhorn); Paul Jayasinha (trumpet); Barnaby Dickinson (trombone); Peter North (bass trombone); Robin Mullarkey (vibraphone); Valerie Etienne, Yvonne John Lewis (background vocals). Additional personnel: Jos‚ Gonz lez (vocals, acoustic guitar); Sia (vocals); Nigel Godrich (guitar); Robin Mullarkey (electric bass); Tom Skinner (drums). Audio Mixer: Phil Brown. Recording information: Juley's House (2005); RAK (2005); The Hospital (2005). In embarking on their quest toward crafting lush, electronic pop songs, one can forgive U.K. downtempo duo Zero 7 for perhaps taking the path less traveled. In the span of two albums they have evolved from pop-influenced electronica to the more fleshed-out arrangements of their latest effort, THE GARDEN. Along with contributions from a cast of noted vocalists such as Sia Furler and Jose Gonzalez, the new album moves away from digital trickery and brings organic instrumentation and vocals to the fore, bathing the songs in luxuriant arrangements with pop hooks to spare. On the up-tempo number "Throw It All Away," Sia's soulful croon ruminates on loss while a plaintive brass melody echoes the laid-back sophistication of '60s lounge pop. Indeed, many of the production details give the album a similar, light-as-air effervescence. On the acoustic folk of "Left Behind," Jose Gonzalez's languid vocals provide the perfect counterpoint to the spare guitar melodies, resembling the somber beauty of Nick Drake's finest work.


Label Atlantic / Wea
SKU 202545746
UPC 825646338023
UPC 14 00825646338023
Format CD
Release Date 6/6/2006
Author Zero 7
Trombone Barnaby Dickinson
Fluegel Horn, Trumpet Darren Wiles
Guitars Dedi Madden
Vocals Henry Binns
Fluegel Horn, Trumpet Henry Collins
Vocals, Guitar Jose Gonzalez
Clarinet, Saxophone Martin Williams
Fluegel Horn, Trumpet Nathan Bray
Acoustic Guitar Nigel Godrich
Saxophones Paul Booth
Trumpet Paul Jayasinha
Trombone Pete North
Bass, Vibraphone Robin Mullarkey
Strings Sally Herbert
Vocals Sia Furler
Saxophone Simon Willescroft
Drums Tom Skinner
Backing Vocals Valerie Etienne
Backing Vocals Yvonne John Lewis
Artist Bio
Zero 7They begun their career with a remix of Radiohead's ?Climbing Up Walls?, after that they did different remixes for famous artists like Lenny Kravitz, Lambchop and Terry Callier.They were originally engineers, 30 year old Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. They did some studio work on the side, but after a while they got tired of sitting on the side and helping bad pop artists. That?s when they contacted their good friend and producer for Radiohead, Nigel Godrich, and asked if he could get hold of something from the giant band that they could play with. After a lot of hard work they presented the result to Radiohead, and they were so impressed that they chose to have the remix as a b-side on their hitsingle ?Karma Police?.Terry Callier was impressed over Zero 7?s remix and asked them if they could make a version of his gorgeous ?Love Theme From Spartacus?. After several other remixes Henry and Sam decided to give out an EP, the 1000 copies were sold out in a few days. After the outstanding positive response they gave out their debut album ?Simple Things,? which they got a Technics Mercury Award nomination for, a Mercury Music price and last, but not least the prestige full ?Best newcomer? award from the English ?Muzik Awards.?Zero 7?s music style can be compared to Air, Massive Attack and David Holmes. The music magazine Mixmag described the album as ?some Stevie Wonder, some John Barry and some sand dunes and saltwater.? Zero 7 goes under the category relaxing, inspiring jazzy electronic music.With rising popularity they left on a tour through England and Europe, and they visited most of the large festivals through the summer and autumn 2001. They were on both Roskilde and the Quart festival. In London their concert was sold out for 2 months before they should play. In 2002 they planned to go further and tour in Japan and Australia.The last addition to the successful Zero 7 is their collecting album ?Anotherlatenight? were several artists has made new versions of old songs. Their last collecting album is called Zero 7 and has a new exclusive song from the duo. It follows the same track as "Simple Things", and it sounds gorgeous. If you like Air, Radiohead, Portishead, St. Germain, David Holmes or Massive Attack, then try Zero 7!
ReviewSource Dot Music
Review Having chilled themselves to the point of coma with their first two albums, Zero 7 duo Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker have suddenly woken up. In an unexpected fit of life, their third longplayer is a veritable surge of energy, positivity and sunshine. And it's come just in time to save both them and us. Spiking their dependable wooziness with light and vitality has undoubtedly saved the onetime masters of the gravity-free lullaby from turning into tedious old duffers, and everyone else from a world without electronica loveliness.
Reviewer Dan Gennoe
ReviewRating 10
Review One-time sound engineers Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns are back with their first full length release since the outstanding When It Falls in 2004 and there are not too many surprises as the same cool brand of soulful electronica is laid out on the table...Rounding off another superb Zero 7 album is Waiting To Die. Now you'd think this would be a negative number given the title, but it's actually a song saying get off your arse and enjoy yourself before the man upstairs comes to call. "Yes it's true death is everyone's fate but we've made it this far so lets celebrate" sings Furler in a song with a very '60s vibe about it.
Reviewer Paul Woloszyn
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Artist Zero 7
Label Atlantic/q Records
E! Online Edgier and more experimental than its predecessors...
Mojo Packed with fine folk-tinged numbers.
Urb Zero 7 have perfected the formula for folk jazz...

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