Published Jan 01, 2006When British production duo Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker, aka Zero 7 came out with their first LP in 2001, Simple Things, it seemed as though they were taking their cues from French duo Airs down-tempo gem Moon Safari. Although their relaxed and jazzy debut wanted for originality in places, their new album shows theyve matured, snuggling right down into the warm analog and live vibes they embraced before. Now its a flat out bear hug. The lyricism from the brilliantly well-positioned voices of Mozez, Sophie Baker and the disarming Sia Fuller (the distinctive voice on "Destiny, a single from the first album) is of such quality that it nearly backgrounds the capable instrumentals. Since these vocalists all return from the first album, it seems as though the record is more of a collaborative band than just a production duo, or even a family its that warm and welcoming. While there isnt a weak track on the record, the adorable "Somersault with its mellow keys and crushed out lyrics is a charmer, as is the jangly up-tempo tune "Look Up. This is the kind of album you grow with; its got class to last. Its not hard to see the leap from album to stage, either.