Zero 7

UEA LCR, Norwich

The North London band came to the UEA, fresh from the release of the recent Top Ten album When It Falls, the gig showcasing many of the tunes from this release and their debut album Simple Things.

Opening with Warm Sound, with the smooth vocals of Mozez, the standard was set for the evening, with, as the title suggests, a feeling of warmth created. All the vocalists from the album joined the band on stage, which led to an almost faultless re-creation of both new and old songs.

Tina Dico on latest single, Home, and the haunting vocals of Sia Furler, on Somersault, were two of the highlights. Sophie Barker joined the band to complete the line-up.

The smooth blend of funk, jazz and soul translated well to a live audience, and the ability of the musicians was obvious – something that is all too lacking in many pop acts of the moment. All that is missing for the band is strong national radio support, with Radio 1 only C-listing Home.

Perhaps it's time for the station to get behind some of the British talent that is out there?

Zero 7 finished off the night with their break-out tune Destiny, which saw all three female vocalists take to the stage. An appreciative audience called them back for two encores, and the band finished with the mesmerising Distractions.

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