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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jaxx Are Back With A Biggie
That Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe are back
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...
Published on 23 Sep 2009 by The Wolf

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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a Jaxx-detractor, but this one doesn't show them up in their best light
Unlike some of their UK peers (who I won't name), Basement Jaxx have never taken credit for things they didn't invent. It's a tribute to them that that in 2009 their sound is bang up-to-date - not that far off upcoming producers like Hudson Mowhawke. In fact it could be argued that the Jaxx style is an early incarnation of "wonky".

However, with the exception...
Published on 27 Sep 2009 by Colin Mccartney


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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Of A Let Down :(, 22 Sep 2009
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C. Jose "CJv2" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scars (Audio CD)
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 appearance at V, they have fast become one of my facorite bands (mainly for their outdoor live appearances, Where It's At is still the most amazing song I've ever witnessed live,don't believe me, search You Tube for "Where's your head at 2004", worth a watch !!!)

Anyway, enough of me bigging them up.

This album is a let down for me, it's not so much of an album than a collection of songs that don't really seem to fit. It's the England football team, a few stars, some over rated players, a couple of ugly ones, the real thing is though they dont work as a unit. That'd be this album.

With the exception of the Title Track Scars, the incredibly catchy single Raindrops and Twerk, everything else is a bit, hmmm, how to put it, forgetable.

I've only listend to it three or four times so far, maybe it's a grower, I hope so because I genuinely want to love this album, at the moment, I feel a little underwhelmed, here's hoping that changes with time.

Oh and the Yoko Ono track is woeful, but worth a listen just to hear her sound like she's given birth to John Lennons Corpse.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Guest heavy and lacking, 21 Sep 2009
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Toby Staunton "dancing mole" (Derbyshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scars (Audio CD)
After a 3 year absence Jaxx return with their star studded new offering `Scars'. From the opener this feels like an entirely different beast. The title track swells and pulses with cut off synths and repetitive vocals, yet it sets an intriguing atmosphere that draws you into the incredibly catchy first single. `Raindrops' is a little too reminiscent of Empire of the Sun at times but it still works as a great summer anthem. `She's No Good' is then a very accomplished track in its restraint. They could have thrown another huge chorus straight into the mix with this track but instead they made a very intelligent track.

The album then descends into a seven track run of guest vocals starting with Santagold on the spooky dancehall influenced `Saga'. Sam Sparro then guests to great effect on the dance friendly `Feelings Gone' before Lightspeed Champion on `My Turn' which is gentle and unfortunately slightly forgettable. `A Possibility' has some quite simple but none the less pleasant harmonies on it before the much more dance orientated `Twerk'. Yoko Ono has an interesting trick of sounding slightly like a goat having an orgasm at odd moments of `Day of the Sunflowers(We March On)' which adds an element of comedy to an otherwise slightly boring track. `What's a Girl Gotta Do?' featuring new soul girl Paloma Faith is an interesting track with broken synths and consistant beats but it doesn't quite deliver on its promise.

With the big guest vocals over the album then closes out with three relaxed tracks which leave you wishing there had been more big choruses earlier in the album. Overall it is a nice offering, made with awareness that the scene from which the babd grew is no more but none the less it lacks the killing blow somewhere. Maybe they need to reinvent Basement Jaxx without the guests.
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3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Biggest Let-Down in years!, 19 Sep 2009
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Peter Grace (Leicester, UK) - See all my reviews
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I've been a fan of Jaxx since they started and liked all their albums. I think they lost the plot with this one. No real stand-out tracks. It's all incredibly dull and tedious. A real shame!
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