I like this album. It has hooks, funky beats, a really good production, and a consistent futuristic theme. I just with it had gone deeper into the roots of the electro genre. If the intent of this album was to bring back the electro sound of the early 1980s, then there could have been a more retro production. When I think electro, I think of Afrika Bambaataa ("Planet Rock"), "I Need A Freak", and small funk/electro groups like Planet Patrol and the electro examples heard on the Grand Theft Auto Vice City soundtrack. Jamie Jones approaches the drum machine / synth / voicebox sound of Electro at times, but never stays there for an extended period of time.
I don't know if this album promised to be an electro revival, but it comes frustratingly close. Let's call it a really good contemporary dance album with hints of early 80s electro. It is good, but could have gone all the way and would have made the pioneers proud.
Having said that, there are some highlights on this album that have made their ways to club dancefloors. "Summertime" is an intoxicating one-chorus homage to Prince. "Galactic Space Bar" is great. So is "Turning Tables" and "Sand Dunes". So there's no shortage of quality dance music, but this album could have had more focus if the intent were to make an electro record in the early 80s tradition.
But keep an eye on Jamie Jones. This young Welsh dude is very capable of making a crowd dance...