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3.0 out of 5 stars Just listened for the very first time..., 4 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Crazy Itch Radio (Audio CD)
Okay so before I begin better make a couple of things clear... first, I'm a huge Basement Jaxx fan, and second, I've only just finished listening to the new album for the first time... so this review is based solely on that first listen...

It's not bad... it's not great... nothing stands out especially... if i think back over the last three albums, all of them leapt out of my stereo, grabbed me by the throat, and wouldn't let go until I'd thrown myself about for a bit... unfortunately, Crazy Itch Radio hasn't even lurched at me yet...

My favourite track on the CD is probably Smoke Bubbles ... very chilled, with a wicked opening rap that leads into a smooth female vocal... interesting subject matter too, that I can relate to all too well...

Take Me Back To Your House isn't bad and will probably be the next single...... nice banjo on it, and catchy chorus that I imagine many people will wind up singing along with, and the vocalist, Martina Bang (?), does a great job...

Hey You's classic Basement Jaxx... very bouncy, with nice chanting chorus, and weird trumpet sounding bits... nice pace to it, and great vocals...

The single, Hush Boy, sounds way too much like Oh My Gosh, the single from the Greatest Hits compilation... don't get me wrong, Oh My Gosh is one of my favourite Jaxx tunes, but the fact that Hush Boy is practically a reworking makes me worry that the Jaxx may be running out of steam...

Not keen on Run 4 Cover... bit aggressive for my tastes, and can't be dealing with the cheesy sounding sample in the background (even more annoying as I can't quite place where I recognise it from!)... saying all of that I can easily see myself jumping about to it at a festival or gig, and it's certainly relentless, if nothing else...

The rest of the tracks are okay... the radio style interludes don't really add anything in my opinion... would have been much happier if they hadn't bothered, and had put a truly belting track on the CD instead...

A word about the guest vocalists... had a brief scan of the cd inlay as soon as I got it home, as it's always interesting to see who the Jaxx have got this time around... loved Siouxsie Sioux on Kish Kash... now it could be my lack of musical knowledge but didn't recognise any of the vocalists by name... and even more confused when I read on Amazon that Grace Jones and David Cassidy are guesting on this album... if they are I haven't heard them as yet (and I'm fairly sure I'd recognise Grace Jones if I heard her!)

In conclusion, based on one listen, this is the weakest of all of the Basement Jaxx albums, with only a couple of tracks to save it from being a bit rubbish... the radio theme is an interesting idea, but not particularily well done... If you're thinking of buying this, and don't have all of their earlier CDs then that's a better bet... especially if you don't own Kish Kash, one of the best CDs ever made!
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