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How many times have we heard someone say, “it could make a grown man cry” and then went home disappointed, with only the sweltering sun to be blamed for the water trickling down our cheeks. It is quite amazing the amount of crap that leads to the beloved act of passing of the tissues. Yeah yeah I know, to each his own and all that; still I will continue to judge people who cried during Stepmom or Million Dollar Baby. Or drunk guys who scout for fellow simians to ‘jusssst hug it out’ whenever the aging DJ spins the super-annoying quasi-acoustic intro to Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters at the pub. Some even get all mushy and text poetry to their never-to-be fiancés. Fred Durst’s crayon could easily sue them for copyright infringement.

Why the rant?

zero7-bandIn the spirit of promoting all that is dandy and nice, I would much rather have people cry to the beautiful sounds of Zero 7.

Zero 7 is an UK-based downtempo/jazz pop act comprising Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker – former sound engineers for the likes of Pet Shop Boys and Robert Plant. They have been crafting pristine electronic music that harkens back to the trip-hop boom of the early Nineties while giving erstwhile nods to French pop of the 1960s. They first came into prominence with their remix of Radiohead’s Climbing Up the Walls, which appeared as a Karma Police B-side. The common consensus (for once, it is right) opines that Zero 7’s debut Simple Things is their best effort till date. It really is one of the most delicate albums I have ever heard (and I own three Tori Amos acoustic compilations); jazzy, intricate and smoky.

sophie bakerFeaturing guest appearances by pop princesses Sia Furler and Sophie Barker, this album should have rightfully started a riot. A mellow one in which, the underprivileged and the wronged get together to roast marshmallows over a warm fire and write songs about the funny noises the flame makes.

In The Waiting Line” is my favourite song on Simple Things. It is a perfect soundtrack for putting things into perspective at the end of a particularly bad day. As the song drifts on, backed by an achingly lovely harmony section and Sophie Barker barring her soul into words like “do you believe in what you see, motionless wheel, nothing is real, wasting my time, in the waiting line,” you feel vulnerable…scarily close to shedding an uncomfortable tear and then BOOM you start to wonder,

“How in the hell can a song that has Lars Ulrich in it make anyone cry?”

But that’s just me. You might continue drifting along with the song.


Zero 7 – In The Waiting Line


Zero 7 Destiny

Zero 7 – Somersault (Danger Doom remix)

The Sonics – Have Love, Will Travel (since I stole the words)


Stuff for your grandma

Zero 7’s Simple Things

Eagerly Anticipate

Yeah Ghost

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