Simple Things (Zero 7 album)

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Simple Things
Zero 7 - Simple Things - Album Cover (front).jpg
Studio album by
Released23 April 2001 (2001-04-23)
Genre
Length61:14
LabelUltimate Dilemma
ProducerZero 7
Zero 7 chronology
EP 2
(2000)
Simple Things
(2001)
Another Late Night: Zero 7
(2002)
Singles from Simple Things
  1. "I Have Seen"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Destiny"
    Released: 2001
  3. "End Theme (Roni Size Remixes)"
    Released: 2001
  4. "In the Waiting Line"
    Released: 2001
  5. "Distractions"
    Released: 2001

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.[1] It was nominated for the Mercury Prize.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Alternative Press9/10[4]
The Boston Phoenix3/4 stars[5]
Muzik4/5[6]
NME8/10[7]
Pitchfork5.3/10[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin8/10[10]

Tim DiGravina of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, calling it "an accomplished slice of soulful genius that rewards frequent spins."[3] He said, "the duo of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker mix a number of musical elements, such as soul-influenced diva vocals, gurgling and ringing keyboards, and classical string arrangements, into a relaxing, potent wave of sounds."[3] Matt Diehl of Rolling Stone gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, saying, "More like jazz on acid than acid jazz, Simple Things can be hallucinatory yet eminently listenable; it's chill-out music with a little something for your mind as well."[9] For Rob Mitchum, writing for Pitchfork, the album was too similar to Air's Moon Safari.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Source: [11]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I Have Seen" (The Peddlers cover)Roy Phillips5:07
2."Polaris"
  • Henry Binns
  • Sam Hardaker
4:48
3."Destiny"
5:38
4."Give It Away"
  • Henry Binns
  • Sam Hardaker
5:17
5."Simple Things"
4:24
6."Red Dust"
  • Henry Binns
  • Sam Hardaker
5:40
7."Distractions"
  • Henry Binns
  • Sam Hardaker
  • Sia Furler
5:16
8."In the Waiting Line"
  • Henry Binns
  • Sam Hardaker
  • Sophie Barker
4:35
9."Out of Town"
  • Henry Binns
  • Sam Hardaker
4:48
10."This World"
  • Henry Binns
  • Sam Hardaker
  • Osmond Wright
5:37
11."Likufanele"
  • George Martin
  • Primrose Nyoka
  • Zandile Mayekiso
6:24
12."End Theme"Daryl Runswick3:38
Total length:61:14

Popular Culture[edit]

'In the Waiting Line' appeared on Sex and the City.

‘In The Waiting Line’ appeared in the 2004 movie Garden State.

'In the Waiting Line' appeared in the Season 3 episode of House (Needle in a Haystack),


Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Zero 7 – production, mixing
  • Demus – mixing (3, 5)
  • Mozez – vocals (1, 5, 10)
  • Sia Furler – vocals (3, 7)
  • Sophie Barker – vocals (3, 8, 14)
  • Dedi Madden – guitar (1, 7, 8)
  • Allan Simpson – guitar (3, 4, 6)
  • Phil Thornalley – guitar (9), bass guitar (9)
  • Pete Trotman – bass guitar (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12)
  • Max Beesley – Rhodes piano (5)
  • The Brilliant Strings – strings (1, 4, 5, 6, 12)
  • Sally Herbert – violin (1, 7, 10, 11)
  • Graeme Stewart – trumpet (4, 6)
  • Simon Elms – trumpet (9)
  • Dan Litman – flute (6)
  • Jeremy Stacey – drums (1, 8, 12)
  • Miggi Barradas – drums (4)
  • Ollie Savill – percussion (2)
  • Jenny Arrel – percussion (11)
  • House – design

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[1] 28
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[12] 4
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[13] 20
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[14] 21

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] N/A 165,000[16]
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 800,000 [18]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Zero 7". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  2. ^ Simpson, Dave (27 July 2001). "Who the hell are... The Mercury nominees?". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c DiGravina, Tim. "Simple Things – Zero 7". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Zero 7: Simple Things". Alternative Press (163): 82. February 2002.
  5. ^ Lefler, John (2–9 May 2002). "Zero 7: Simple Things (Quango/Palm)". The Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on 4 April 2004. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  6. ^ Moore, Ralph (May 2001). "Zero 7: Simple Things (Ultimate Dilemma)". Muzik (72): 65.
  7. ^ Needham, Alex (5 April 2001). "Zero 7: Simple Things". NME. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  8. ^ a b Mitchum, Rob (15 April 2002). "Zero 7: Simple Things". Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  9. ^ a b Diehl, Matt (6 December 2001). "Zero 7: Simple Things". Rolling Stone (RS 883/884). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  10. ^ Clover, Joshua (September 2001). "Zero 7: Simple Things". Spin. 17 (9): 160. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  11. ^ Simple Things (booklet). Zero 7. Ultimate Dilemma Records. 2001.CS1 maint: others (link)
  12. ^ "Zero 7: Top Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Zero 7: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Zero 7: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  15. ^ "British album certifications – Zero 7 – Simple things". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 20 June 2018. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Simple things in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  16. ^ "New Zero 7 Album 'Falls' In Marc". Billboard. 12 May 2003. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Zero 7 – Simple things". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  18. ^ Sexton, Paul (21 February 2004). "Keeping British Music Vital". Billboard. Retrieved 12 September 2018.

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