The Garden is Zero 7's third studio album. It was released in the United Kingdom on 22 May 2006, and in the United States on 6 June 2006. The album features vocal performances by José González, Sia Furler, and Henry Binns. It sees Zero 7 take a new, more upbeat musical direction, while still essentially maintaining their original sound. The artwork for the album is by Gideon London and the CD was named after his collage.
Simple Things is the debut studio album by Zero 7, released on 23 April 2001. It peaked at number 28 on the UK Albums Chart, staying in the chart for 56 weeks. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize.
Zero 7’s most recent release, being The Garden, shows the development of the band since their previous effort of three years beforehand. With a mix of solid instrumentation and mind blowing vocals, The Garden is a true garden of electronica music. Gonzalez has a more relaxing sound. Giving us proof of this are the tracks Future, Left Behind, Today, Your Place, and Crosses. His vocals on each of these songs are laid back, almost giving them a haunting tint.
With Garden, Zero 7 have created what could be the ultimate summer evening record: warm pop hooks, lush instrumentation, unobtrusive electronica elements, and '60s-style harmonies that all come together into superb, wonderfully descriptive songs.
Even worse are the perfunctory instrumental tracks- the pseudo-broken beat of "Seeing Things" and the midnight jazz of "Your Place"- which only further mottle the record's intent and give the impression that, if left to their own devices, Zero 7's principles would rather be making a Ninja Tune record. I don't know what I'd rather they were doing, but I do know that this is so tasteful I'm going to need about six hours with Boris to get right again.
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With The Garden, Zero 7 push beyond the electronica genre and out into an unnamed territory, an adventurous and yet highly listenable vocal pop for the 21 century. The year is 2006, and Zero 7 are issuing their third album, The Garden. Binns and Hardaker have been carefully mixing their 30-year-old influences with the flavors of today into what will likely be the soundtrack to tomorrow. Sia takes the lead on six tracks this time around, including the lead single "Throw It All Away", a serpentine pop song that slips out of its moody verses into an effortlessly uplifting chorus that catches the lightning flash of musical theater in a lovely little sunlit jar. Lending Zero 7 some indie cred is José González, the gentle-voiced Swedish (it's true) songwriter who carries on the tradition of sweetly sighing, melancholic singing popularized by Nick Drake and Elliott Smith.
Tracklist Hide Credits
|1||Thistles (Featuring Sia)
Lead Vocals – Sia
|3||Seeing Things (Extended Version)||5:40|
Issued in a cardboard slip sleeve.
Copyright 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd; Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States.
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- Matrix / Runout: 2 STCD 302254-2 01