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with a new collection is a reason to be cheerful.
Despite one or two exceptional tracks 2006's
'Crazy Itch Radio' felt a bit like the guys
were coasting. A little bit tired and worn down.
'Scars' confirms that they have found their muse
and some infectious energy again.
It is a lively collection full of fresh ideas
and big danceable beats.
The only track I find impossible to like is 'Saga',
which might have been a perfectly jolly experience
had they not entrusted the vocal to Santigold.
My allergy to every sound she emits rages on unabated.
Elsewhere the collaborations are all well realised.
Opening track 'Scars' is a heady cut-and-paste tapestry,
stiching electronic choral snatches and quasi-tribal
rhythms together with Kelis, Meleka and Chipmunk's
entertaining vocal intrusions. Delicious stuff !
I'm loving 'My Turn', featuring Lightspeed Champion
(aka Devonte Hynes), which had the whole Wolf family
and an assorted collection of random rodents dancing
wildly around the first of our Autumn bonfires.
(It's that time of year again in The Home Forest).
The splendid Sam Sparro's soulful contribution to
'Feelings Gone' is another upbeat dancefloor highlight.
The wonderfully itchy 'What's A Girl Gotta Do?' is
elevated to the realms of burlesque splendour by
Paloma Faith's perky and quirky performance.
There's more than one bat in the belfry in this
terrific composition.Read more ›
However, with the exception of their masterwork Rooty their albums can, for me, be seriously patchy affairs. The last LP, the overlooked Crazy Itch Radio, was something of a return to form and as such I had high hopes for "Scars". But, like Remedy and Kish Kash before it, it's hit and miss - treading that fine line between what is cutting-edge and what is just a plain old racket.
"Scars" does start and finish strongly though. The opener (the title track - a Kelis collaboration) and the single "Raindrops" hold their own against the best of Basement Jaxx's existing back catalogue whilst closing tracks "Distractionz" and "Gimme Somethin' True" echo the best songs from the last album.
It's the middle section of the record that's problematic. "She's No Good" is BJ formula swing. "Saga" retreads the ska/reggae flavours from their first album to no good effect.Read more ›
seem to be making music that they like rather than trying to please anyone else.
result: solid songs and meaty basslines.
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Unbeatable price in relation to other outlets, superb quality (brand new in cellophane). Can't complain at all with the product.Published on 1 April 2013 by matthewaustin3
Huge Basement Jaxx fan ever since Remedy in 1999. While Scars may not have the scarily perfect balance and flow of that first major release, it is still a whole lot of fun, offers... Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2009 by Morgan Matthew Lesko
Amazing tracks on this album, Basement Jaxx are back to their best. Every song is an uplifting tune that makes me want to jump around the room and dance with wild abandon LOL! Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2009 by Mands
I'm a huge, and I mean huge fan of Basement Jaxx. Having been totally bown away and sucked in By Remedy back in 99, to dancing like a crazed fool in the rain at their 2007... Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2009 by C. Jose
After a 3 year absence Jaxx return with their star studded new offering `Scars'. From the opener this feels like an entirely different beast. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2009 by Toby Staunton