A Funk Odyssey CD
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JAMIROQUAI A Funk Odyssey (2001 UK 10-track CD album including the singles Little L You Give Me Something and Love Foolosophy with a glossy lyric booklet)
The Buckinghamshire Space Cowboy continues to ride his turbo-charged fusion of funk and disco with A Funk Odyssey, the follow-up to 1999's Synkronized. There's the characteristic boogie groove of tracks like "Love Foolosophy" and "Little L", plus a superfly wah wah guitar work-out on "Main Vein". But there are also new departures, showing that JK has been listening to Daft Punk and Basement Jaxx, with the heavier, moody electronic beats of "Don't Panic" and "Twenty Zero One". Most winning, though, on this new album, are the gentler bossanova-tinged rhythms. On the concluding track "Picture Of My Life", for instance, JK shows a more heartfelt, vulnerable side, which goes deeper than fun-loving lines like: "I'm a tiger in a cage/Just set me free". --Lucy O'Brien
Top Customer Reviews
There are some songs which stand out as real "Its a good job we dont have tapes anymore cos it would be worn out by now" .Besides 'Litte L' there is the fantastic track 4 'Corner of the Earth' which opens like a massive Bolliwood film and then chills out with Jay-Kay telling you 'this corner of the earth it smiles at me' ...and we all smile back and admire a brilliant arrangment which must challenge for the number one tune of all time. Another cracker is track 7 'Black crow' which is the only laid back tune on this disk. Only when you think it cant get better along comes track ten 'Picture of my life' which sees a simple guitar help Jay Kay reflect on things and ask for "a picture of my life with a letter telling me how it should really be instead".
This is a simply superb piece of work - this is why i wrote this review - if you havent bought it already then you are missing out.Read more ›
If you are a music man who has been confined to listen to jamiroquai only on the radio, you would only be familiar with the pop/dance tunes he unearths once every year or so. I would recommend you to buy this, his most user-friendly album yet, as his first three singles are more than worth the cost on their own. Then you should buy Synkronized and work your way through five albums in reverse chronological order, and get some funk in your life!
But Jamiroquai albums have been getting more and more synthesised over the years. And, although this is not necessarily a bad thing, I know they're better than this. This also seems to have arrived along with the disappearance of all band members (apart from Jay Kay) from videos and album sleeves. Hmm...
A lot of this album is good - Little L, Love Foolsophy, Stop don't panic, Black Crow and Picture of my Life. But some don't approach the funkiness of earlier albums.
If you prefer funky MUSIC of the bass-driven variety like me, plump for 'Return of the S.C.', 'Emergency' and 'Travelling' (in that order). The first two of these are 5-star in my book.
For funky POP, a Funk Odyssey' and 'Synkronised'.
And this is from a fan from back in the first album days. A 'good, but' verdict from me, I'm afraid....
A friend of mine once accused all Jamiroquai songs of sounding the same. How unfounded this statement was I can't explain. I can't think of a greater example than 'A Funk Odyssey' to dispel that misconception. All the tracks are original, inspired and definitely different. On the whole the album does have a funky more feel to it and I believe the seeds of this new-found extra-funkiness (they have always been there) were sown and grew roots in the album preceding this - 'Synkronized'.
Let's go through the tracks. Please remember these are just my interpretations and yours will obviously differ.
1.'Feel So Good'. This is a great opener to any album and, in my humble opinion, the best starter to any Jamiroquai album. The first sounds you hear are crystals blowing in the interstellar winds and you can almost imagine yourself moving through space at fantastic speed, enter a lovely funky deep beat backed by a wonderful bass guitar, the song carries you and takes you on a fantastic funky journey through space. 8/10
2.'Little L'. This was the 1st single from the album to be released in the UK and it reached No.5. This was a great floor filler and is reall a modern disco track. It was rumoured that he wrote this track with his ex-fiancée, Denise Van Outen, in mind but no one knows for sure. This is a great track to dance to full, of soulful beats and a nice backing tune, very catchy. 8/10
3.'You Give Me Something'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my favorie ever ever album of theirs. I love this one so much, this one comes eveywhere. M A Cracknell- Autor Black CrowPublished on 10 July 2014 by Mandy Cracknell
Great album, filled with classics such as "Little L" and "Love Foolosophy" which still form an important part of the band's set list today.Published on 2 Jun. 2014 by paul tilston