The Pageant Of The Bizarre
Label: New State Music
Zero 7's third opus brings back vocalist Sia Fuller, but adds the extra treat of Swede-of-the-moment Jose Gonzales. His acoustic guitar and Gerry Rafferty vocal style works well with the 1970s feel of this release, an atmosphere so strong, you can almost feel the deep shag pile between your toes as you get up for a shy bop to "Today." Zero 7's happy clappy interpretation of Gonzales' gorgeous "Crosses" is also essential listening on this sophisticated album. Key party, anyone?