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4.0 out of 5 stars A time capsule, 4 July 2008
This review is from: High Times: Singles 1992-2006 (Audio CD)
It is clear that jamiroquai are something of an unusual band. I remember seeing them for the first time on TV in around 1993, (I think it was the show, The Word) performing Too Young To Die, and immediately clocked the retro 70's jazz funk style and as i was and still am a fan of such music, immediately became a fan and went out and bought the single.
The fender rhodes keys, the Stevie Wonder-esque voice, the funky bass and horns,and the sci-fi imagery and lyrics, all came to make a great sound and package, and whats more the first proper British jazz funk since Light of The World, and a great antidote to the Brit pop or electronicky stuff around.
Their first album was a constant visitor to my Cd player.
What was more surprising that they became so popular, as they were so unusual.
OK, the Acid Jazz movement was in full swing, but they transcended that and outlasted it.
This Cd shows the development of the band and their sound, from the early raw jazz funk tracks through the disco-funk of A Funk Odyssey to the later stuff, it is clear that the sound has changed over that time, yet still sounds like Jamiroquai.
What is also clear is that the earlier stuff is far superior to their latest offerings.
They produced five top notch albums all with a clear progression of style, and then their last one; and that was a huge disappointment. The edginess had gone from the music, to be replaced by a bland self satisfied sound playing lip service to their earlier work, trapped in some kind of disco-pap hell.
One of the aspects of Jamiroquai's music that made it so different; the wonderful didgeridoo inspired instrumentals had disappeared a while ago, and their loss was keenly felt.
The stuff from Dynamite all sounds a bit samey, as do the new offerings here.
The tracks here are presented in chronological order so you can see what i mean when you listen.
Great band, but they've gone off the boil as this collection demonstrates.
I hope when they return, they do something fresh. perhaps a return to more jazz funk material as this works well for them. No more disco!
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