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  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B000GW8AUY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro
  2. Hush Boy
  3. Zoomalude
  4. Take Me Back To Your House
  5. Hey You
  6. On The Train
  7. Run 4 Cover
  8. Skillalude
  9. Smoke Bubbles
  10. Lights Go Down
  11. Intro Reprise
  12. Everybody
  13. Keep Keep On

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The dust has barely settled from their recent The Singles retrospective but Basement Jaxx are back on the floor with a brand new studio album. Crazy Itch Radio, built around the concept of a radio station (complete with interludes and skits), begins with an absurdly dramatic intro before flowing into the contrastively slinky, feel-good single "Hush Boy", a slick, mellow mash-up of styles that wouldn't be out of place on the duo's kaleidoscopic debut Remedy. Indeed, Crazy Itch… unfolds with a fluidity and infectious joie-de-vivre not really seen since first album. The ease with which tracks like banjo-house anthem "Take Me Back To Your House" and "Hey You!" spill from the speakers in colourful floods of cinematic strings, Balkan folk references, house beats and rock guitars, pays testament to the duo's outstanding studio alchemy. Elsewhere on the album they make grime sound fun ("Run 4 Cover"), pay coruscating tribute to marijuana ("Bubbles") and drop the odd slow number ("Lights Go Down"). Immediate and vibrant, Crazy Itch... is Basement Jaxx at their sassy, life-affirming best. --Paul Sullivan

BBC Review

At the risk of stating the obvious... Basement Jaxx, they're not The Smiths are they! Cos their music is sooooo HAPPY! The sadness and pathos of Latin and Gypsy music, which clearly influence their eclectic play on house and disco, seems to have passed them by. Don't the handsome duo from down Brixton way ever feel a bit dull and depressed? Is there really so much sunshine in SW9?

That said there are some great things about the Jaxx. They're afantastic singles band ("Where's Your Head At?", "Bingo Bango", "Lucky Star") creating the sort of music which unites trendy uncles, hyperactive seven year olds and young urban sophisticates. The perfect band to headline Glastonbury!

And there are some high points on Crazy Itch Radio "Hush Boy" and "Take Me Back To Your House" will undoubtedly make their presence felt in the singles chart. But there's only so much off kilter craziness you can take in one sitting.Plus the radio station segues - that were passably interesting when A Tribe Called Quest did it about 200 years ago - just sound plain naff.

Basement Jaxx are great in small doses... but this dose is just a bit too large for anyone with a less than terminally sunny disposition. --Jack Smith

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Format: Audio CD
First basement jaxx album I have bought, heard "Hush Boy" on Jo Wylie's live lounge and loved the track and the others they did.

Bought the album next week and can't stop playing it, I especially like "Take Me Back To Your House" with the banjo in the background and the trumpets on "Hey You"
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By MissV on 11 Mar. 2007
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Basement Jaxx isn't an album which sits naturally in my CD collection but after seeing them support Robbie last summer, thinking I'd have to grin and bear their set, I was very pleasantly surprised and found myself participating in a non-alcohol induced 'bounce'! Equally I was surprised that I knew virtually all their tracks, just didn't ever know who sung them. Bought the album straight after and wasn't disappointed - my big favourites are Hush Boy, Take me back to your house, On the Train and Everybody. Also love the Crazy Itch intro! The rest of the album is at an ok-listenable level but I don't skip past any tracks which is always a good sign!
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Well, we've got all sorts in here. Outkast spring to mind, the jaxx are as fearless as Outkast with their borrowing from different genres and they are wholly skilled at mixing it in there. I don't know their earlier work, only a few radio tracks. I'm too old to listen to radio 1 any more let alone go to a discotheque without a chair lift and oxygen and this sounds proper good to me. a very decent album with no duffers on it.

Now, back to my Glenn Miller records.
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'Crazy Itch Radio' seems to have received a mixed reaction in some quarters but pay no attention! Either those who criticise it are simply talking.. or have never heard (or can't remember) 'Remedy'. Great return to early garagey form, especially 'take me back to your house', 'smoke bubbles' and 'lights go down' (almost an extended version of 'If I ever recover' - a very underestimated tune from 'Kish Kash'). The boys done good. Only seem to get better.
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First off, this is nothing short of a decent album, albeit the Jaxxxs 4th best...

On first listen, I was disappointed with tracks such as 'Run 4 Cover' (definatly the worst, just skip it!) with a whole song about a 'minger'! WHAT!? Is going on!

But then of course the Jaxx come up trumps with excellence such as 'On The Train', 'Everybody' and the brilliant 'Lights Go Down' (keep listening as well for the hidden track).

The first 1/2 is a bit poor. With first listening we get a huge crescendo of 'Intro', promising something good! This glides into the, some might say the 'Oh My Gosh of the album, 'Hush Boy'. A catchy up beat classic Jaxx tune. Then comes the first radio themed track 'Zoomalude'. I do agree with most of the reviewers here that it does get a bit repetitive and dull. But this introduces 'Take Me Back To Your House'. First listen, the banjo gets VERY annoying. Give it time and will become one of the best. This then leads into 'Hey U'. With a great intro, with carnival style drums and trumpets, again we expect something big, unfortunately it's a bit bland but sill with an uplifting chorus. Moving onto one of THE BEST songs now 'On The Train'. A song about drugs (which comes up again as a matter of fact in 'Smoke Bubbles'!). Jazzy style drums with light chords and an altogether laid back song with an ending that never seems to end! Now coming to, in my view, the worst song. 'Run 4 Cover' A song with a VERY annoying and repetitive chorus 'Run for cova!!! Run for cova!!!' Musically, this could be a very classic Jaxx song, but lyrically, its just plain lazy that makes you cringe when listening! This then leads onto the next 'Skillalude'. A 35 sec track with a guy screaming and laughing because the tracks going backwards...
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When you've listened to it once, you'll listen to it again and again until your singin' the songs without realising the CD isn't on.

This album features everything Basement Jaxx is known for. Awesomely big sounds, 'phat' beats, mixing music genres you never thought you'd hear together, amazing vocals & little ditty's of unexpected interludes which make listening to an album from beginning to end an essential and perhaps not much practised art in this day and age. It's a bit 'pop' heavy for the electro-heads out there ( at times me), but no doubt the 'nite dub' remixes which pop up later on in the PR album release machine will cover all bases for each songs particular sound.

For me whenever I've listened to it whilst heading into work it really pepps you up for the day and I can't wait to hear some of the traxx in a club with a proper sound system. Its a definite for anyone who already owns any of the Jaxx back catalogue.

Best traxx = Hey U.
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BIG BIG BIG disappointment! Loved the Atlantic Jaxx, and then the first three Basement Jaxx albums so was dead excited to find they'd released another. Hopes were raised at the wonderfully kitsch and overly dramatic introduction but then I found myself trying to convince myself it'd soon grow on me. After deciding this was written by teenagers for teenagers, in the end I gave up. Will save one or two tracks on my MP3 but will probably give the CD away in the hope that someone may like it more than me. Basement Jaxx, what is going on???
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