Crazy Itch Radio CD
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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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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"
Now, back to my Glenn Miller records.
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...Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably the best Jaxx album ever. Others Jaxx albums come close, but do not surpass. Jaxx for me are the best EDM duo in UK (followed closely by the late Lemon Jelly). Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mr. P. Hartland
excellent condition - and great cd! arrived within 48 hours of ordering. very pleased. will definitely use this vendor again. 5 stars!!Published on 6 Aug. 2009 by Carole Cotterill
The first time I heard this album I was shocked to say the least. I know that Basement Jaxx have such huge potential so on hearing this album it was a huge let down for me. Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2006 by E. Brown
Following Kish Kash with a more experimental album, this is sheer genius!
Funky, punky, electro dance at it's best! You can't help but love this. Read more