When It Falls

  • Record Label: Elektra
  • Release Date: Mar 2, 2004
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Q Magazine
    90
    A sublime collection that surpasses its predecessor. [Apr 2004, p.121]
  2. Spin
    83
    [They] continue to play it sweet and low: hot-cocoa keyboards, heart-monitor beats, glossy high-end string arrangements--and actual songs, as it happens. [Apr 2004, p.94]
  3. Superior to its predecessor in just about every respect.
  4. Urb
    80
    Occasionally teetering on the verge of too precious, the heavy mood and lush production are too much (and too nice) to resist. [Apr 2004, p.87]
  5. Fans of Simple Things, Zero 7's debut effort, won't hear anything new or different, but considering that Falls makes for lovely background music, it should satisfy those fans just fine.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    A more accessible set of dreamy love songs. [12 Mar 2004, p.114]
  7. Mojo
    70
    While this delicately wistful set is hardly a great leap forward for Zero 7, one thing is certain: you'll be hearing it everywhere this year. [Mar 2004, p.104]
  8. Planet
    70
    A bedroom soundtrack filled with seductive surprises. [#6, p.87]
  9. Blender
    70
    For computer music, it's all astoundingly warm. [Apr 2004, p.139]
  10. It's almost all too familiar, so much so that it's hard to hear the tender songs and mesmerising instrumentals in their own right.
  11. 70
    ‘When It Falls’ is not an immediate album, it’s a slow burner and one day, after countless hours playing it in the background, you’ll hear something that makes you turn it up; that’s the moment that it hooks you.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. BrettN
    Jun 26, 2006
    4
    An album that just sits there. Blah
  2. SeanO
    Aug 19, 2004
    8
    One of the best releases of 2004. I'm giving it an 8 after the first spin. Nevertheless, we cannot deny that Zero 7 is one of the most One of the best releases of 2004. I'm giving it an 8 after the first spin. Nevertheless, we cannot deny that Zero 7 is one of the most innovative, fresh and creative groups of the last couple of decades. Full Review »
  3. geoffd
    May 26, 2004
    10
    An album that epitomizes what it is to chill-out. The smooth vocals from Sia, Sophie, Mozez and Tina resinate in the air. An album that grows An album that epitomizes what it is to chill-out. The smooth vocals from Sia, Sophie, Mozez and Tina resinate in the air. An album that grows on you. I loved it. Full Review »