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1. The Cosmic Game
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1. The Cosmic Game
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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There's always been a psychedelic edge to Rob Garza and Eric Hilton's Thievery Corporation project. 2000's Mirror Conspiracy is a downtempo classic precisely because of its druggy expansiveness; sober listeners and saucer-eyed trippers alike could find common ground. Similarly esoteric and nocturnal, The Cosmic Game floats around the room on a wave of mystic beats and guest vocals from Perry Farrell, The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, and David Byrne. Garza and Hilton are less devoted to non-electronic sources here than they were on The Richest Man in Babylon or The Outernational Sound, though their fascination with dub rhythms and world music remains intact. A fair amount of armchair travel is involved as you go from the late, late-night, beach-club-in-Jamaica sound of "Amerimacka," to the Brazilian percussion of "Ambicion Eterna" and "Pela Janela." But more than anything, the record feels like a return to the duo's own ethereal sonic roots. It's a nice blend of their music over the last half-decade for longtime fans, and a hazy glide down the rabbit hole for newcomers. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars another impressive album!
Thievery has been one of my favorites for a long time now.This album is fabulous!Very smooth and well mixed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hat's off the Thievery Corporation
I'm going to have to disagree with some people about the only bad song of this great disc. I personally think Warning Shots is really bad. If they took out the lyrics it would be good, but it's just too out of place of this cd. The rest of Cosmic Game is pure heaven with a great mix of dub, reggae and awesome Indian vocals, percussion, and amazing sitar! It really reminds me of Mirror Conspiracy. All around good stuff, and I recommend it to everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars The duo's talent ages like wine!
The three CDs released by the Thievery Corporation are among the best I have listened to. While "Mirror Conspiracy", their first CD, is a classic, "The Cosmic Game" is the high point of their career thus far. Although there are many tracks that do not reflect their previous work, they are exemplary.

A few favorites:

-"Marching the Hate Machines" a song to definitely "just chill to." Every time I listen to it, I feel I must lay back casually and forget my surroundings until its ultimate blend into...

-"Warning Shots" by far the most surprising song produced by the Thievery Corporation. The most beautiful rap song I have listened to. This song is incomparable to really anything.

-"Satyam Shivam Sundaram" in my opinion, the best track on the CD. This song is music at its best. The spellbinding lyrics are so magical, I don't want to know what they translate to... it could break the spell.

-"Amerimacka" is completely and utterly amazing. Melodious poetry put into reggae terms. Notch's vocals are sure to place a anyone into an audio-induced trance.

-"Sol Tapado" a cool, refreashing brazilian tune. Though I live in Colorado, every time I listen to this in my car, I feel as if I'm driving under palm trees. Copacabana Beach compacted into a song.

-"The Cosmic Game", "Holographic Universe", "The Supreme Illusion", and "A Gentle Dissolve" are some of the most mesmerizing instrumentals ever made. The epitome of what the Thievery Corpration is known for.

The Thievery Corporation keep getting better with every CD. They have yet to let me down with their molding of sheer audio beauty. If you thought nothing could top "Mirror Conspiracy" or "The Richest Man in Babylon" then you ain't heard nothin' yet. The "Masters of Bass" (as I like to refer to them) have done another outstanding work. Don't let the stars fool you... ten stars out of five.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best offering from Thievery Corporation yet
Although there are already numerous reviews of this CD, it's so good that I felt I needed to show support for it in some way.This is a bit of a departure from their more dub-oriented albums, but in no way does that diminish this release.

This album has more of an Eastern (Indian & Arabian) feel to it, as well as some South American influences (occasional tracks on this CD remind me a bit of the inimitable Gran Hotel Buenos Aires (also published by ESL, surprise surprise!) - an absolute must-buy if you're a downbeat/lounge/dub enthusiast).That isn't to say that they don't head back to their dub roots (see tracks like Amerimacka), but this just feels like a very mature offering from a band that has grown immensely over the years.

As some other reviews note, the CD isn't without its weak tracks, but with so many crammed onto one CD, you really cannot go wrong.I would definitely rate this as Thievery Corporations best release to date - perhaps only matched by their recent Babylon Dub Rewind...excellent in its own right, but clocking in at only about 1/3rd the length of The Cosmic Game.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Richest Man In Babylon
I like this album but it definitely has it's weak tracks. My favorite tracks are "The Supreme Illusion", "Holographic Illusion", "Warning Shots", "Amerimacka", "A Gentle Dissolve" and "The Cosmic Game", I think the weaker tracks are the ones with the celebrity guest vocalist. Like the weakest track on here is "The Heart's a Lonely Hunter" (Featuring David Bryne). It's just awful! Overall though the entire album is listenable so get check it out because the strong tracks definitely overpower the weak ones.

SJ
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2. Simple Things
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4-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful album, but too similar to AIR for 5 Stars
I first heard of Zero 7 when I saw their video, "Destiny." I have to admit that they first time I saw it I immediately thought that it was a new AIR song, so I was surprised to see a different name at the end. I just bought this album two days ago and don't regret it. I will say that they are HEAVILY influenced by AIR, which is a fabulous electronic band from France. Zero 7 almost sounds TOO much like them, which is why I couldn't give this album 5 stars. However, their sound is different because of the volcalists. There is a male vocalist as well as Sia for many of the songs. Sia has an angelic yet haunting voice that adds to the mellow and hypnotic sounds of "Destiny" and others. Electronic music is such a general term, since there are so many genres within it. I would recommend this album to anyone who has enjoyed AIR's Moon Safari. (although I still believe that Moon Safari is much more innovative and original than Simple Things).

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best of 2001...
Simple Things, the first LP by British programming duo Zero 7 is one of the most imminently listenable albums to come along in a very long while. The whole album is layered with downtempo, almost ethereal beats that will undoubtedly take the edge off any migraine until you're awash in a sea of contentment. Zero 7 (aka Henry Binns & Sam Hardaker) say that the true joy of their music comes from the talented core of guest vocalists found on their debut album. This statement proves true as these vocalists bring out the amazing beauty of this disc. Among the standout tracks on the album is the sultry 'Distractions,' a sensual collaboration with Sia Furler, which feels just as at home in a smoky jazz bar as it does at a candle-lit bedside. Other great tracks include 'I Have Seen,' featuring male vocalist Mozez and the beautiful bonus track 'Spinning,' featuring Sophie Barker. Simple Things is more than just electronic music... it is music that creates a most beautiful atmosphere.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unoriginal and Uninspiring
Am I the only one who sees that this Emperor has no clothes?! No new clothes, at least. This drippy cd rehashes every uninspired a.m. radio-soft-jazz tune you ever heard.

And people are saying the female vocalists recall Portishead?! What the fuzzy?!! The 2 singers are 0h-So-Pleasant, and Beth Gibbons' voice is nothing if not relating displeasing emotions!

Please, check out some real downtempo, sonic-texture artists like Airlock, Crustation or Thunderball. These artists throw in jazz, samples, djs and guest vocalists, too, while maintaining an experimental edge to create melodies you never thought you'd hear, much less heard before!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing Simple About This Album...
...Except for the fact it is Simply Amazing! Its difficult to even describe the style of music at hand here - chill-out, lounge, trance, with traces of jazz, classical, and pop music throughout. Zero 7 takes you from porno music to polished, sultry and sinful to sweet and smooth within tracks and within the album. No matter what kind of music you listen to, "Simple Things" will surely relax your mind and your soul as you just take in all of the delicate yet complex songs arranged.

There are a number of styles explored on the album, which can be categorized in two large subdivisons - with vocals and with out. The vocal songs mainly feature male singer Mozez who stars on the albums opening disco-lounge track "I Have Seen", the absolutely amazingingly mysterious title track, and the sultry ballad "This World".

The two female vocalists are quite similar sounding, as noted on the stunningly addictive "Destiny" where they share lead vocals. The sound of Sia Furler and Sophia Barker's voices is accented softly with both a British sound, and almost a southern twang, but no worries their voices are like liquid on all the songs they sing. Furler returns on one of my fave tracks on the album "Distractions" a sweet love-ish ballad, while Barker is given the slightly weaker "In The Waiting Line" which shows the difference in the two girls voices as they are back to back, although Barker recuperates on the closing track "Spinning".

Within the non-vocal tracks the guys that make up our beloved band in question experiment with 1970's synthesized porno beats and keyboard sounds, mixed with smooth bass, acoustic guitars, and elegant strings, and of course that "air" sound that has led them to be labelled as "british air". But if that doesn't sound appealing trust me it is - I'm not a fan of music with out vocals but this album wouldn't be complete without Zero 7's delves into the instrumental and vocal-track worlds. Of course there are a few exceptions to the general sounds they use, including the Semi-lyrical African masterpiece "likufanele" sung by the Philanai Mothers and mixed over a xylophone (i think) driven sound. Another exception is the track afterwards, "End Theme" which is rightfully titled as it sounds very much like a song you'd find in a movie score. A beautiful and energetic, almost regal arrangement of strings is what you'll find here, and is another one of my faves on the album for its uniqueness alone, I'm proud of the guys for taking a chance and putting this song on the album.

The best thing I can say to you at this point is to definitely buy this album, if just to give it a listen, because after hearing the opening strains of "I Have Seen", the vocals of Furler and Barker, or the smooth tones of any of the instrumental tracks you will be so hooked on this album! Its great to play as background music during a dinner with friends, or when you are stressed and enjoying a drink after work, or even just to play in the car - works well for rainy or sunny days. I suppose the most amazing part of it is how simple the songs appear at first glimpse - but when examining the layers and the beauty in each track, you'll begin to realize your feelings for this album are anything BUT simple.

5-0 out of 5 stars Musical sedative (in a good way)
I won't lie here: I origianlly came into contact with this music because i was looking through one of my friend's music collection on Itunes and thought the name Zero 7 sounded interesting. I know it's a bad way to choose, but the guy had good taste and too many artists to go through them all. So I listened to it and it took me less than 10 mins to get hooked on everything written by this group. I loaded it on my player and took on Spring Break to ski- and literally the entire time this is what was playing. I don't do that often. I listen to a lot of different music and rarely listen to the same thing non-stop for more than a day. I just don't know what to say. This music is addictive. The melodies/harmonies are so relaxing. They just make you want to sit there and contemplate life. ... Read more


3. Mirror Conspiracy
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Washington, D.C.'s Thievery Corporation purvey a very mellow, deliberately international mixture of sounds that might be called "lounge music"--not in the kitschy sense, but in the sense of a laid-back local bar (much like the one the duo happens to run) with no dance floor. Rob Garza and Eric Hilton are professed admirers of Brazilian music, and they're determined to inject as much warmth into electronic music as possible. The Mirror Conspiracy is quite a musical travelogue, starting in Jamaica with "Treasures." This dubby opening track, which features vocalist Brother Jack, is quite reminiscent of the start of Swayzak's Himawari. Next up is "Le Monde," a quiet, wah-wah-inflected song featuring a chanteuse named Lou Lou. She reappears later on the somewhat more uptempo "Shadows of Ourselves," which, despite the title, is also sung in French. "The Hong Kong Triad" sounds like a tip of the hat to Shaft-styled soundtrack music. Elsewhere, it's off to India for two sitar-flavored tracks with a similarly laidback groove that gets a bit closer to techno, one of which, "Lebanese Blonde" (hash? a woman?), has been released as a single. Brazil gets its due on the densely percussive "Air Batucada," the more bossa nova-like "So Com Voce," and an instrumental titled "Samba Tranquille." Fans of this style are sure to be pleased. --Bob Bannister ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Continental Groovey Lounge Music For the Modern Man or Woman
Mirror Conspiracy is the latest international down-tempo musical offering from "Thievery Corporation" otherwise known as the dj/production team of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton. Like their earlier releases; "Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi" and the inspiring "DJ Kicks", the duo presents a sexy collection of international beats seasoned with an array of jazz, easy listening, lounge, bossa nova, samba, sound track samples and more. Tropical beats and Afro Brazilian rhythms drive the overall late night groove. "La Monde" is a seductive slice of loveliness mixing breathy French vocals with a distinctive Jamaican dub. "Lebanese Blonde" a mysteriously international spy film soundtrack peppered with Baleric beats. "Samba Tranquille" a bit of breezy tropical turntabalism. "Illumination" easily the standout builds hypnotically with its driving indo-pyschedelic drum beats and mysterious middle eastern chanting. These are djs as mixologists, interpreters of world beats, tour guides to a jet setting audio travelogue sampling global styles, genres, cultures and languages. Hip modern day exotica for the modern world. A Must BUY for hip cats!

5-0 out of 5 stars The blueprint...
This album is by far the best "chillout" or "lounge" album yet made. If you read all these hundreds of Amazon lists for "Top Chillout CD's" or "Music for dinner parties", etc. this cd is usually in 2 out of 3 of them. For good reason too. An essential cd...and I don't use that term lightly. GET IT NOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars I Don't Know Why You Don't Have This
Do you know?

You'll need it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seminal Lounge Relaxation
When I want to relax to something that won't put me to sleep, this CD is always the first one I reach for. You can pick out dozens of influences from one track to the next, and the musical composition created from this fusion really flows. I recommend this CD as highly as I can and if you at all have the opportunity, don't miss the chance to see them perform live.

4-0 out of 5 stars Can I say they're "Cool"?
Wow! Ya'know, I hear a disc like this and
ask myself "where the *bleep-bleep* have I been?!" - its
2004 and I'm just hearing of the Thievery Corp! All
is not lost however: let this baby spin a few times and the
newbie's ears will find a new best friend in the Corp.
Your speakers will ripple many dispinsations of 'coolness'
from these talented chill-out meisters. And though
I'm just now hearing them, I'm glad - there is all
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4. Outernational Sound
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3-0 out of 5 stars Just like their "DJ" Set....
Well the Outernational Sound has come around. And if you caught their DJ Sets from the "Richest Man" tour,(not the live set w/ band), then you may have an idea of what you are in for. For me it boiled down to this: Good Music, Bad Mix. But I've come across this many times...Great producers that aren't so good at DJing. Kind of dissapointing, but there is still some musical gemms on this disc....

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid mix-tape for a classic theivery heist
Theivery Corp. have built their reputation as tastemakers over the years by releasing records so hypnotic and streamlined that, though most of the music is stolen -- i.e. thievery of sounds--, the brand name Thievery Corporation is another way of saying good taste.

So by releasing a CD containing some of their favorite songs, did Thievery live up to its reputation? Yes, mostly.

There's no fancy mixing here, and the songs do not always blend together in seemless fashion. But the brothers do dig some gems from their crates 'o wax.

The music ranges from South American rhythems to North Atlantic drum and bass to Washington DC dub to the Beatles (off of Sgt. Peppers) to Funk to Asia (but not really) and ends with one of the best Jamaican rocksteady songs, by Delroy Wilson, I've ever heard.

To top it all off, the CD is encased in layer after layer of shiny-psychedlic-Warholian-pop-art-packaging - which may be worth the price of admission if that's your thing.

My overall impression is that, after spending a decade or so trying to be as effortlessly-cool as possible, Thievery is dying to get a little funky. They've amassed wealth through many heists, and this mix-tape album is their chance to just let the good times roll.

If you're looking for high art, go elsewhere. But if you're looking for an intruiging mix of sounds that would probably do well at a party, check this out. Grade: B.

4-0 out of 5 stars Outernational Groove
I was really psyched when I heard Rob and Eric were going to be coming out with a new mix cd. Outernational Sound delivers the goods; this cd is packed with rare blissful beats and vibrant sounds. It is very diverse and encompasses Thievery Corporation's current direction in their music. (Anyone interested in the other ESL artists pickup the Modular Systems cd)

The only thing that kept me from giving this 5 stars was there are a few points where the tracks catch you ear because they don't merge as well as the others. That said trust me, this cd is not one to miss.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great tracks but
I just wanted people to know it's not really a "DJ Set." In other words it's a great mix of songs but it doesn't flow together necessarily well. It jumps from one style of music to another with abrupt tempo changes. Again, not a bad thing. It's more like a "Back To Mine" compilation than a "DJ-Kicks" set if you know what I mean. Like listening to Rob and Eric's favorite tracks at their house rather than listening to two guys at the decks. Also, please eat meat. It tastes good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Compilation
All I can say is WOW!I put on this CD today and it just made me smile.One thing I have always said about Thievery Corporation is that these guys have taste.Damn good taste.I have a couple of comps by them(dj kicks,den of thieves)and I think this one is the best.Which is really saying something.The mix really flows quite well despite the diverse tracks.The cover art is cool too.1st class all the way. ... Read more


5. Travelling Without Moving
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Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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Adding pop savvy to their soul-disco mix, Jamiroquai grabbed the attention of MTV and Top 40 radio and won a Grammy with this platinum-selling album, their third. It's a fine record, with warm keyboards, sweet strings, and irrepressible grooves grounding Jay Kay's sublime vocals and fueling the hits ("Virtual Insanity," "Cosmic Girl," the title track). That voice--elastic, jazzy--is the fire of the band, but immaculate guitar sounds, snappy backup vocals, and clever old-school soul samples (Eddie Harris on "Alright," Esther Phillips on "High Times") are the details that create perfection. Balancing the dance-ready, radio-friendly tracks are the ballads "Everyday" and "Spend a Lifetime," the reggae-styled "Drifting Along," and a couple of didjeridoo instrumentals. --Suzanne McElfresh ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Manifest Destiny: Jamiroquai show their true colors
Just when you thought there was a single band in the world not fueled by greed. On "Travelling Without Moving", Jamiroquai take their music to a new level: "Commercial". Meaning you've probably scene the video for "Virtual Insanity" countless times. Forget the sincerety and quality of the previous albums and prepare for cars, women and all the excesses that have preserved the longevity of bands like the Rolling Stones.

This effort encorporates one song from nearly every genre of black music. Disco, Reggae, Jungle to whiny "Boyz II Men" type ballads and a bit of rock-ish influence but very, very little in the way of Funk, Soul or Jazz from which the band won critical acclaim. The almost non-existant range of Jason Kay's songwriting and lyrical structure seems to remain.

Make no mistake, the album does have it's funky moments. "Do you Know Where You're Coming From?", the bonus track on the US lp, is a worthy drum n' bass tune. But if you suffer from insomnia let "Virtual Insanity", "Alright" and "Spend a Lifetime" be your cure. Several issues to which Jay would previously object are executed quite easily. It makes one wonder if Sony was the driving force behind this record.

This is not a fake plastic pop version of the band. In fact, it's a revelation. Jay Kay no longer parades as an eco-friendly man with a mission, but rather as himself. It shows us also the future of Jamiroquai's music as being less interesting as time goes. Thus, "Travelling" is deep in a shallow sort of way.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite of Jamiroquai's Work!
In my opinion, "Travelling Without Moving" is the best of jazz/funk/pop band, Jamiroquai's, work! Who can forget the infamous video for "Virtual Insanity" and the way you and your friends tried to figure out how they filmed it (even I was surprised by how simple the technique was)?!?

I was very impressed with Jamiroquai's music from the second I heard it. Having been a fan of similar music from the Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai was a pleasant and welcomed surprise. It's unfortunate that it took three albums (along with a quirky video and lead singer) for the United States to take notice of this incredible band. Jay Kay's vocal abilities are wonderful. His voice can go from fun to loving to sensual very smoothly and effortlessly.

Needless to say, I quite enjoy this album!!!

Stand-out tracks:
Virtual Insanity
Cosmic Girl
Everyday
Alright
You Are My Love

If you want to hear some seriously good music and have a lot of fun while doing it, buy this CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars The turning point
For us Jamiroquai fans who love the instrumental and creative side to the band, Travelling Without Moving is the album that begins a total descent into 'jazz-pop', that Jamiroquai, by the two latest albums have turned into. The album does deserve 3 stars due to its' obvious merits in terms of accessability. Virtual Insanity is the best song on the album, and one expects the album to develop depth and innovation wise, but it simply never occurs. One of the main reasons seems to be in the bands increased use of strings and guitars, rather than a greater range of horns and synths, which makes Jamiroquai's music less challenging and gives it an easy cuddly feel.
Overall the album is a collection of catchy songs, but with little experimentation, sadly unlike Space Cowboy and Emergency.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best imitation of someone else's album
Ok, so Jamiroquai has a strong similarity to mid-seventies Stevie Wonder. I dont see anything wrong with that, Stevie Wonder has influenced many bands. I wont say Jamiroquai is very original like some reviewers say, but they are good at what they're doing. It was refreshing to have some uplifting sounds emerge out of mid-nineties Britain due to an array of good but dark and melancholic music like Tricky, Portishead, etc.

One could say that Jamiroquai's lead vocalist not only imitates Stevie Wonder's voice but his lyrical character, this is true. But hey, if you're going to imitate someone, Stevie is a great choice. Differences from Jamiroquai and Stevie is that the music more dance orientated, otherwise it would sound like a perfect follow up to Songs in the Key of Life (except that Jay Kay's voice is no match for Stevie's).

I admit, imitations are not good, but Jamiroquai has altered enough for me to excuse it and to realize it's just good music.

1-0 out of 5 stars The poor man's Stevie Wonder!
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6. Smooth Sailing
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7. Hotel Costes: Best of Costes
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8. Synkronized
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With songs that fall exactly in between Michael Jackson's Off the Wall period and A Taste of Honey, Jamiroquai's Synkronized is a funk-disco inferno that is distinguished from its 1970s counterparts only by its 1990s production. It contains all the same ingredients: wah-wah guitar, electric piano, soft-sided strings oozing out melody, pot-bellied bass, and a blasted-out horn section that evokes images of three guys stepping in sync while their sequined flairs swipe over white patent-leather loafers.While the funk is steamy enough to flatten the tallest 'fro, Jay Kay's impeccable ability to emulate Stevie Wonder's vocals brings on the cool side. But the album isn't all about a time warp. Just when you think Jamiroquai isn't going to step a toe beyond 1978, "Supersonic," the seventh track, throws down an acid-house riff that works in didgeridoo and a synthed-out cow bell. "Where Do We Go from Here" rocks with a leap-frogging blues piano and tangy bongos. The album's grand finale, "King for a Day," is a regal rock-operatic excursion embellished with fully orchestrated piano and strings. Overall, this Jamiroquai jamfest is an irreplaceable summer-in-the-city album. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great !
Even though it's not as good as Travelling without Moving or Return of the Space Cowboy, Synkronized has some really great tracks. The best being Butterfly, Canned Heat, and Falling. This CD has more slow songs than some of his other albums, and i can't say i have a problem with that. The only song i don't really like is Supersonic, even though I can stand that.

1. Canned Heat - Great Up-Tempo song. Off "Center Stage" soundtrack. 10/10.
2. Planet Home - Another Upbeat song, though not as good as Canned Heat. Still good. 8.5/10
3. Black Capricorn Day - Not one of my favorites. A little too rockish and the song is too slow. It's like a fast song caged in a slow beat (hard to explain). 7.5/10
4. Soul Education - Great Song. Typical Jamiroquai funk. 9/10.
5. Falling - I personally love this song. Slow, & jazzy. 9/10
6. Destitute Illusion - Upbeat. Good song to dance to. 8.5/10
7. Supersonic - Strange, electronic beat. Not Jamiroquai's best. 7/10.
8. Butterfly - Best Jamiroquai song I've heard. The lyrics aren't impressive, but the beat alone merits a 10. AMAZING. 10/10.
9. Where Do We Go From Here - Decent. 8/10.
10. King For A Day - Has almost a halloweenish, scary beat. Even still, it's not bad. 8/10.

If you don't have enough money to buy all the Jamiroquai albums, you can skip this one, but it's still a sound investment.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Lords of Funk Return Once Again
As the band's fourth studio effort, "Synkronized," truly validates Jamiroquai's status as the most popular and gifted soul group out there. Fresh from the success of their best selling "Travelling Without Moving" album, Jay Kay and his band return with a fresh sounding sound that no one can try to imitate.

The first single "Canned Heat," is a high-tech, funk creation that brings the bands to their roots. Fast, beat-laden rhythms and Jay Kay's moving vocals made this song a hit during the summer of 1999. Other tracks such as "Planet Home," show how Jamiroquai is able to use various international musical styles (in this case their use of salsa in the third-quarter of the song) really can rock a crowd without them really knowing what they are hearing.

Other songs as "Supersonic" and "Butterfly" are some of the album's great tracks, however unlike their previous album, this album is short on songs that made "Travelling Without Moving" such a huge international hit. Nevertheless, "Synkronized" is an awesome album. Give this and all of Jamiroquai's albums a try, and I can guarantee that you'll become bonafide fans. No one can resist the power and sound of Jamiroquai.

2-0 out of 5 stars What happened J?
This is the point where I simply said ciao to being a Jamiroquai fan, because this album is really poor. I was hesitating on giving it 1 star, but that would be unfair because it does achieve some sort of music flavour, but following on from Travelling, Jamiroquai had totally lost their creativity with this one. Strings have totally taken over where horns and synths used to rule, and make this album depressingly flat. Rather than being in any way cutting edge, the obvious characteristic from the 1st 3 albums, it turns into a really bad version of Earth, Wind & Fire. It simply doesn't compare to earlier work, even Travelling, but especially Emergency and Space Cowboy. Maybe it was Denise, or maybe it was that JK became closer to his cars than his supposed environmentalism, but whatever the guy lost it with this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Funk Never Left Planet Earth
Funk, disco, dance, the list of genres can go on and on... Jamiroquai is no fad band caught in a time warp. They are the current real thing giving their own unique and sophisticated spin on these styles of the 70's and early 80's...Some of the productions like the opening track Canned Heat should make Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson proud since you can hear the strong influences. But make no mistake, it is STILL Jamiroquai's own material and sound ! There is something familiar but yet oh so futuristic. Highly infectious grooves with a little dash of some early and late 70's Motown feel on some tracks that do indeed harken back to the day when Stevie Wonder was feelin' Superstitious...Out of all the Jamiroquai cd's or productions I find myself always going back to this one from 1999. You will too !

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth adding to your collection!
I agree with others that this isn't as good as some of Jamiroquai's earlier albums but it's still worth adding to your collection. It has some real "classics" that you will play over and over again. In fact, the last song "King for a Day" os probably the one track that was a let down, that plus the fact that this CD appears to be shorter than others. ... Read more


9. End of the World Party: Just in Case (Dig)
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With each successive album, Medeski Martin & Wood have become harder to pin down. Having long ago transcended their soulful organ-groove basics to enter a more expansive world of snappy beats and backbeats, eerie atmospheric effects, post-lounge riffing, and the occasional jazz overture, they occupy their own category. Produced by the Dust Brothers' John King (Beck's Odelay, the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique), End of the World Party (Just in Case) is an agreeably varied effort, ranging from the spacey effects and Middle Eastern taint of "Bloody Oil" (on which bassist Chris Wood lays down the lumber) to the sassy electric funk of "Sasa" (one of four tracks featuring guitarist Marc Ribot) to the wordless voice effects of the jaunty title track. As ever, John Medeski is equally at home referencing post-bop piano aces like Herbie Hancock, getting down on churning Hammond organ, and making like Stevie Wonder with his "Superstition"-style synth. Unlike some MMW records, this one wastes not: all 12 tracks clock in at around the four- or five-minute mark, and they flow together with consummate ease. --Lloyd Sachs ... Read more


10. EnRoute
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With the live EnRoute, recorded at New York's Blue Note, guitarist John Scofield returns from the jam-band wars in challenging high style, leading a trio for the first time on record in more than 20 years. With his strong blues and funk sensibility, Scofield has always been the jazz guitarist most likely to succeed among rock listeners, and fans from both camps will be drawn to this purer improvisational enterprise. Teamed here with longtime drumming associate Bill Stewart and veteran bassist Steve Swallow (who was featured on those early-'80s trio albums), he's still jamming, but there's a sharpness of focus and a locked-in intensity among the musicians that you rarely encounter in jam-band settings--including his own. Emptying out his bag of much-imitated tricks--the sighing pedal tones, slab-like chords, shimmering lyrical lines, and controlled screams--Scofield romps through the bop classic, "Wee," and delivers a diaphanous reading of "Alfie." The album also features a pair of remakes: "Name That Tune," Swallow's bounding remake of Duke Ellington's "Perdido," and the leader's strutting "Over Big Top," based on "Bigtop" from his 1995 album, Groove Elation. From whatever perspective you choose, it's Scofield's best album since Time on My Hands, his 1990 quartet date with saxist Joe Lovano. --Lloyd Sachs ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a reference-standard live recording
I've been a Scofield fan for as long as I can remember and see him live as often as possible. That said, and much as I've enjoyed his funk outings, this is the best thing he's released since his days with Joe Lovano in the band. This is a telepathically tight trio, and Scofield's solos here make it clear he's one of the greatest jazz guitarists ever. Lots of risk-taking, tremendous creativity and chops, with a range that moves from Bop to blues to New Orleans funk - often all in the same song. Truly a master at the top of his game.

5-0 out of 5 stars MAN! That guy can play!
Scofield fans rejoice! This is probably his best album in years. It's live, so we actually get to hear Old Man Sco play, and play, and play, and, well, you get the idea. The energy is great, the band is solid, and Scofiled's solos go on for days. Usually, in the studio, the guitarist is more cautious. He keeps his solos relatively short and he doesn't come up with as many crazy voicings and riffs that fans have seen in his live shows. That is not the case here. He comes up with so much off the wall stuff that it blows my mind. Also, we have the unusual treat of hearing him play some high tempo bop. I have most of his albums and I never realized he could play and sound so good playing that fast. I agree with the other reviewer that Swallow's playing is a little too low key, but it isn't a big deal. Bottom line: if you dig sco, you'll dig this; if you were never really sure about sco's chops, you'll be pleasantly supprised; and if you're just looking for a kickin' record, you've found it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great cd
I saw the later show both nights, and couldn't believe what I was hearing. Scofield truely took it to a new level for me. I had been into his work with MMW and jamabands but I didn't know he had it in him. This show prooves he does, Scofield is truely a jazz musician.

4-0 out of 5 stars Staggers, but remains interesting
As much as I'd like to pretend it was, this is definitely not something that all newer fans of Scofield will enjoy. There are definately moments on this cd that amaze me every time I hear them, but there are also moments where Mr. Scofield goes a little too far outside the lines for too long for my tastes. This cd gets four stars for all the amazing moments and for the fact that the groove is a constant that Scofield has made his trademark. If you are new to straight ahead trio work or come to Scofield by way of his funkier cds, you might want to take this cd into consideration with caution. Make no mistake that at times this album has hard bop written all over it, but make no mistake that Scofield is one of the best guitarists that has ever graced jazz/fusion.

3-0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for being alive
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11. Doyle's Brunch
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow
we actually just saw a live performance of O'2L on April 10, and I was so blown away with this group, I ran to the concession area and purchased Doyle's Brunch. I guess I'm a "new-bie" tothis style or genre, whatever it is, I cant stop playing it.I am so glad I found this group. Buy it you wont regret it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Smoothjazz.com Review
O'2L (O-Tool) is the dynamic duo collaborating team of two of New York's finest... Keyboardist and sound designer Jane Mangini and guitarist Al Pitrelli. The duo's sophomore release, DOYLE'S BRUNCH on Peak Records, is filled with scintillating samples and groovy grooves along with generous portions of soul, jazz and funk, plus a cool version of the Door's 1971 hit, "Riders On The Storm". Jane, a former Floridian, studied at Berklee and in addition to her work with Atlantic records' Trans-Siberian Orchestra and O'2L, she's a composer for Bang Music in NYC. Her partner calls her the `Mozart of Madison Avenue'. Al is actually a classically trained guitarist but has made his mark with heavy metal icons Megadeth and Savatage. He's also worked with Alice Cooper, Asia and Dee Snider. On the O'2L website, Al jokes, "You couldn't ask for two collaborators to come from more opposite worlds." Named after an eatery in Boston, DOYLE'S BRUNCH will satisfy your cravings for chilled music and cater to your organic sensibilities with inspiring guitar and piano work. There's something for everybody on this project... 13 tracks in all. Shaken, downtempo songs like "Senior Wilhelm," "Cali," and "Learn To Walk" drop like cool, chilled jazz. While the fun and crazy/jazzy, "Come And Get It," the wickedly out "Mountain City Playhouse" (the only chill tune I've heard with a violin and a rippin' bluesy piano) and the funky "City Chicken," assist in bringing high tech and funk to terms. DOYLE'S BRUNCH is served - Bon appetite! ~Sandy Shore ... Read more


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13. Boulevard: New Version-Complete Series
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Originally released in 1995, Boulevard sold over 300,000 copies worldwide, was elected Record of the Year in England and served as a cornerstone for a legion of artists and producers interested in trying to capture its elusive and sexy grooves. Boulevard, new version the complete series includes two special extra songs, including the rare early hit "Alabama Blues," both taken from 1999’s From Detroit to St. Germain, a compilation of cuts recorded over seven years. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE FIRST SHOT FIRED IN THE NEW COOL
This is the hippest, coolest, jazziest of the 21st century. A new genre of jazz, HOUSE JAZZ. Chillin jazz is right here for your listening and laid back pleasure. This is chill music jazz. The songs are hypnotic beats, very underplayed, with full jszz improvisation. This is not light jazz, believe me. It's jazz over house beats. One song even starts off paying tribute to the world wide DJ's of house. It is jazz, house, dub. That's the best way to define what this listen is. If you're a bebop purist, stay away. But if you really understand jazz this is your place to be. Jazz is about innovation and improvisation. New stuff. Let's leave the past behind. Always moving ahead. Miles would be proud. The first shot fired in the 21st. century cool revolution.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dull
There are three good songs on this album: Deep In It, Street Scene, and Forget It. The rest of the tracks are filler. Alabama Blues is a good disco song, but it doesn't fit in with the rest of the slow-cool-jazz-groove thing on the rest of the disc.

Buy TOURIST instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars A new version for what is the standard of Paris Jazz House
Despite the acclaim and exposure which 2000's 'Tourist' provided to St. Germain, to his loyal followers that was only a mainstream acknowledgment of what they've known all along: Germain has mad skills and his place in practically founding the "French Touch" sound of dub/house/jazz/blues was cemented many years prior with the 1995 release of his 'Boulevard - The Complete Series' album.

I believe that the track listing as provided by Amazon.com may be incorrect for this 2002 reissue and it appears they have accidentally displayed the track listing of the 95 version instead. If so, here is the corrected listing.

1. Deep In It
2. Street Scene (4 Shazz)
3. Sentimental Mood
4. What's New?
5. Dub Experience II
6. Forget It
7. Soul Salsa Soul
8. Alabama Blues (Todd Edwards Vocal Mix)

The inclusion of the tracks "Soul Salsa Soul"[7] and "Alabama Blues (Todd Edwards Vocal Mix)"[8] allow the listener to experience some of Germain's earlier recordings. (For a compilation of other Germain B-side-like recordings see 'From Detroit to St. Germain') It was in Germain's early recording years where he began to exude the vibe of his "French" style. It was as his music needed to mature, but you could see the brilliance in strong flashes. It is these two tracks which make this version of Boulevard positively more upbeat compared to its original version. The older version of 'Boulevard' had a decidedly more Blues and Jazz taste.

"Soul Salsa Soul" is a great booty-shaking, latin-house track. "Alabama Blues", given the Todd Edwards flavor, is suitable for inclusion in a dance-hall set. Jazz-based with subtle house rhythms, Miles Davis would be proud if he heard "Street Scene". "Deep In It" may be the song which served as the lynchpin in defining Germain's "french touch" style. If there is one primary fault of this 2002 reissue, it is the exclusion of "Easy to Remember"; I was surprised that the record label couldn't stretch out one more additional track.

Moving in stereo,
-Daz

5-0 out of 5 stars St. Germain - Use it at YOUR next party
Re-released from a their 1995 album of the same name is truly a masterpiece of the electronic, trip-hop genre. The deep grooves and chill vibes on this album truly relax and soothe as they progress. The first track, "Deep In It" combines a jazzy electronic keyboard vibe with a low-key background beat. "What's New" is a musical tribute to the major underground house music artists out there and has a flowing, easy-going beat. "Dub Experience" provides an island trip-hop groove, reminiscent of a Police sound session mixed over a Bob Marley track. Very nice. The slower "Forget It" mixes a slow bass beat with a Miles Davis type vibe to a cool perfection. With all the songs on this album, one can't go wrong playing it at their next get together, or just hanging around on their own, chilling with a bud. Get it and enjoy. ... Read more


14. West Coast Boogaloo
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5-0 out of 5 stars Calculated Liberty
This band is all about juxtaposition. In West Coast Boogaloo, the Allstars produce an incredibly tight and unified groove, all the while peppering it with badassedly loose and liberated abandon. Bouncy, flowing basslines, coupled with the light touch and tasty hi-hats workings of Zak Najor on drums lay the ground work for this disc. Sprinkled on top are lively horns, simple but effective guitars, and hot keyboards. Karl Denson leads the group, donating mind-blowing flute solos and soulful sax runs. The only drawback to this band is when Denson attempts to sing. Each member gets the opportunity to solo in almost every song, giving a free, fresh and 'flying by the seat of your pants' feeling. Tight, free, big, funky, exciting, fast - you choose. This album is the band's crowning achievement and is not be missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greyboys At Their Finest
In a time when so much music seems processed and overproduced, the Greyboy Allstars offer fresh, funky, and downright mesmerizing relief here. Along with the help of ex-JB Horn's member Fred Wesley the Greyboys jam acid-jazz style better than anyone around. Each member showcases his outstanding talents on this album, and Karl Denson on sax provides more proof that he is one of the finest players in the jazz world bar none. buy this CD and strap yourself down, or you may be blown away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth as butter, baby
Bass lines JUMP out of your speaker, into your ears and send message to brain that says: "Conitnue to shake booty generously from side to side." Boogaloo guitars and Rhodes pianos lightin' it up. Causes head to rock front to back, right along with Zak Najor, quite possibly the sickest drummer around. And FRED WESLEY, folks! The Man Is Trombone. He plays effortlessly. Struggle-free lick trading with Karl Denson. If you have any appreciation for thoughtful AND fun music, this is the disc for you. Wouldn't consider this jam band. Widespread Panic is a jam band. If you like being bored to tears, buy thier stuff. If you like Herbie Hancock's funkier stuff, Galactic, Corduroy, The JB's, Tower of Power, etc. you'll love this session.

5-0 out of 5 stars What's with the Flute you ask?
It is not often that I am compelled to review an album, but I just had to give this one its props. This collection of studio cuts is as close to a live performance as it gets. Throw in some Fred Wesley (how many other famous trombone players can you name? Nuff said!) and it is just straight up groovin'. Karl Denson's flute breakdowns on this CD are the closest thing to Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson that I've heard. This guy rips on the flute (and sax). Every track on this cd is good. Highly recommended for any fan of Boogaloo!

5-0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
Boogie beats plus serious musical chops plus a few well-chosen funk covers plus Fred Wesley = A TRUE CLASSIC. Many have given props to Karl Denson (and deservedly so), but let us not forget the masterful guitar work of Mike Andrews a.k.a. Elgin Park. If you dig this record, check out the follow-up A Town Called Earth. Not as complete and concise as this one, but many of the tunes capture the West Coast Boogaloo and take it to new places, too. ... Read more


15. That's What I Say
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Although sure to be criticized for cashing in on the Ray Charles bandwagon, jazzman John Scofield’s 2005 tribute release is also one of the most varied yet successful albums in the guitarist’s extensive catalog. Shifting from a big band/multi-vocalist approach for the classic "What’d I Say" featuring an all-star lineup of Dr. John, Warren Haynes, Aaron Neville, John Mayer and Mavis Staples trading verses (they all also take solo vocals on other tracks), along with longtime Charles saxist David "Fathead" Newman, to the lone guitar rendition of "Georgia on my Mind" that closes the disc, Scofield celebrates both Charles’ music and his eclectic approach to it. The stripped down instrumental version of "Crying Time" with only funereal organ accompaniment is perfectly offset by the following gospelized reading of "I Can’t Stop Loving You," brought home by Mavis Staples’ explosive vocal. Teen throb John Mayer acquits himself admirably on vocals and guitar, singing and trading licks with Scofield on a rugged "I Don’t Need No Doctor," and Dr. John brings New Orleans soul on a greasy "Talkin’ Bout You"/"I Got a Woman" medley.The horn section gets a workout on powerfully swinging instrumental takes of "Hit the Road Jack" and "Let’s Go Get Stoned." Scofield’s quivering solos show moderation yet convey the music’s R&B roots, even when he’s turning up the heat on a rousingMedeski, Martin and Wood -styled, acid laced "Sticks and Stones." Producer/drummer Steve Jordan finds the perfect vibe between jazz and R&B, and keeps the guest vocalists from stealing the spotlight. He provides the ideal framework for John Scofield’s fiery yet restrained playing and a fitting tribute to a jazz/R&B icon.--Hal Horowitz ... Read more


16. The Return of the Space Cowboy
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At the time of this album, Jamiroquai's second, Britain's soul-funk-acid jazz scene had been firmly established by numerous club DJs and bands like Soul II Soul, Brand New Heavies, Incognito, and Young Disciples. Jamiroquai formed their own voice with strong songwriting, tight ensemble playing, and--most of all--Jay Kay's fluid vocals, which are impressively reminiscent of Stevie Wonder's. As the band's main songwriter, Kay addresses social ills ("Just Another Story," "Manifest Destiny"), advocates enlightenment ("Stillness in Time," "Light Years"), and leads his multiculti band through love songs both bubble-gum funky ("Mr. Moon") and jazzy sweet ("Half the Man"). Unabashedly mixing disco into their funky soul, Jamiroquai even make cheesy synths sound good. --Suzanne McElfresh ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The True Sound of British Soul
While many might compare him to Stevie Wonder, lead singer Jay Kay and his British funk band, Jamiroquai, have broken new grounds when it comes to funk and soul. On this sophomore effort, the Jay Kay and his band truly blast the minds of listeners with all they got. Unlike their debut album, "Emergency on Planet Earth," this album truly established that Jamiroquai had inherited the throne of funk. His vocals are soothing, relaxing, and stirring and his band truly represent British soul music at its' best.

While the entire album is great, I truly enjoyed listening to two tracks specifically. The first, "Return of the Space Cowboy," is a jazzy, soulful song that has many numerous reference of canabis use. If you have never heard Jay Kay sing, this track will be your best way in getting to know his sound.

The second track, "Mr. Moon," is as funky as "Return of the Space Cowboy." The song's catchy beat will keep you humming it for a while, whether commuting to work or working out.

Along with George Michael, Jay Kay is one of Britain's most talented singers. As more and more singers from the other side of the "pond" discover the sound of soul, Great Britain will probably give the U.S. a run for their money. Please check out Jamiroquai's later albums, "Travelling Without Moving," and "Synkronized". They will provide all listeners with the same style of funk found on this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jamiroquai doesn't get any better than this
'Return of the Space Cowboy' is my favourite album of all time. Jamiroquai's second album is its best. It leaves off where their first album, 'Emergency on Planet Earth', ends. It has even more ingenious touches than its precedessor. Not two songs sound alike. This is Jamiroquai's most instrumental album. Make way for the wa-wa guitars, cheesy synk sounds, da-da-da backing vocals, funky keyboards, downbeat horns, 'dodgy didger's' Wallis's trademark didgeridoo, heart-wrenching lyrics, Stuart Zender's world-famous base (pity he's left the band) and of course the oh-so flexible, sometimes furious but never dull voice of front man Jay Kay.
The title song is the most mainstream-orientated of the bunch, and although it is pretty good, on the long run it gets blown away by masterpieces like 'Just another story' and 'Scam'. Especially the former represents the very summit of the abilities of Jay Kay & co. It's Jamiroquai's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. It spans 8+ minutes and starts as an easy, meagre, even raw, intro to the album, but grows out to Jay Kay's biggest outcry against society in an almost rude fashion. He tackles gangs, guns and drug abuse in a flamboyant way:

'Thinking you're a glory boy
fronting that stupid toy
But you just don't get that it's yourself you will destroy.'

Thirsty for more? Then this album's a must-have (no really). The one most worth having of all the Jam's work. Much more versatile than the relatively monotone 'A Funk Odyssey' for example. This is my uninhabited island-CD, know what I'm sayin'?

4-0 out of 5 stars The best of the 70's and the 90's put together
It's rare that music can make you get up and move, and stimulate the mind at the same time.Jamiroquai managed to do that on "Space Cowboy" in the tradition of the best disco/jazz/rock fusion of the 70's but layered with turntable sampling and youthful rock bounciness.The music is rich, eclectic but always powerful and fun.There is the same knowledgeable mix as in mid-70's soul jazz, of soulful melodies,twirling synths, jazzy vocal scats, exotic percussions, syncopated beats, flutes, sax,etc.We travel through Space, Brazil, the Amazon, we walk down funky alleys, bounce off a dancefloor and we finally smoothly lift off into another groovy expedition.One of the best works of the 90's.Good vibes for all!

5-0 out of 5 stars cool and funky
this is certainly the coolest and funkiest jamiroquai album ever. with tracks like mr. moon, the funky yet political track, scam. what else can you ask for.it also has the best jamiroquai track ever... space cowboy. i really love this album that it really rocks! get your copy now before its too late

5-0 out of 5 stars All - Time Classic
I would just like to say that personally, I am sick of the "Stevie Wonder" comparisons. Jay Kay doesn't even sound like Stevie Wonder. For the sake of making stupid comparisons, he sounds more than anyone else like "Off the Wall" era Michael Jackson. Anyways, this album really is right up there with any of the all-time funk albums. Just listen to the title track if you need furthur proof: certainly this is the most beautiful Jamiroquai song to date. I swear everytime I listen to that track I can't help but put my cd player on repeat for about an hour. The bass lines throughout are incredible, and Toby Smith's rhodes and synth playing was never more tasteful or funky. While I enjoy the later disco-electro flavored albums, this one to me is the ultimate mix of funk, acid jazz, and disco. Jamiroquai gives me hope that people still do care about real, beautiful music, even if it might not outsell Britney Spears or Good Charlotte. ... Read more


17. A Funk Odyssey
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After scoring the crossover hit "Virtual Insanity" in 1998(remember the moving sidewalk video?), the U.K.'s Jamiroquai failed tokeep their momentum alive with the somewhat scattered and skittishSynkronized.Thankfully for fans of the retro (if lightweight) pop/soul that is theband's specialty, Jamiroquai are back with their most cohesive effortsince 1995's Return ofthe Space Cowboy. There's still too much blathering on aboutthe cosmos from StevieWonder-inspired vocalist Jason Kay, the most egregious example being thesubdued and folksy "Black Crow," which takes the bird-in-flightcliché to new lows. Better and much more rugged are the sizzlingsynth-driven "2001" and the guitar-stoked rave-up "Stop! Don't Panic."That's where the guys bring the funk with more bite than you'd expect.--Amy Linden ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not GREAT.
Jamiroquai's 5th album: A Funk Odyssey, has taken another step in a different direction along with thier previous work,Synkronized. This can be a good thing for people who don't mind a little "poppy", disco-y stuff now and then from The Cat In The Hat. It's bad however for the die-hard Acid Jazz fans looking for the sound Jamiroquai had back in the days of Return Of The Space Cowboy, because it's not there as much. I consider myself in the middle of these two groups, making AFO a pretty good production in my opinion.
This one's kinda pop, but it's great pop. I'd like a bit more of thier old style next time around though.
Very good, but not quite 5 stars

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but this band can do better.
When your 2 most soulful, meaningful and coherent CD's are your first 2, your future may be in doubt. Jay Kay and Co., still recovering from the loss of their original bassist, have not completely found their groove since "Travelling Without Moving." It is apparent from this LP. There are some great tracks on this LP, like "Little L," "Corner of the Earth," and "Main Vein." The pacing of the LP is really good, and it's very listenable. But there is really no "bottom," or "soul" to this record, which was the reason the J's best records, "Return of the Space Cowboy" and "Emergency on Planet Earth," were outstanding. There is no song like "Stillness in Time" or "When You Gonna Learn" on this album. That's a shame.

"2001: A Funk Odyssey" isn't as funky or as meaningful as J's other albums were. I hope Jamiroquai gets it together again, but for the time being, I'll give them passing grades for an otherwise enjoyable record.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jamiroquai is a non-stop quality factory
Knowing and owning all five album of Jamiroquai I've decided to review their fifth album. I will have given all of them four or five stars but I prefer make a few comments on this, especially taking in mind that after ten years Jamiroquai has been the indisputable top funk group.

The starting is really delicious: "Feel so Good" and "Little L" can be among their ten top songs ever. The groove is fantastic and the sound is astonishing, especially in the first. Another of my favourites are "Love Foolosophy" and "Stop, Don't Panic". And with "Black Crow" Jay Kay shows all his intensity in a beautiful ballad.

I think it's always difficult to set out five pike records in your career and in our times it's almost impossible, as artists come and go very quickly. I expect sixth Jamiroquai album will be as good as the other five.

1-0 out of 5 stars The poor man's Stevie Wonder!
Forget this guy and get the real Stevie Wonder.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than Synkronized, but not as good as the first 3
I agree with alot of the reviewers that this is more Pop than previous works. It has more of a pop funk or disco feel. Don't let that stop you, the songs are catchy and many of them will get you ready to move on the dance floor. As usual the horns and bass are excellent, and Jay Kay's vocals are Stevie Wonder like. Overall this is a really fun album. ... Read more


18. Friday Afternoon in the Universe
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Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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They may attract Sufi-dancing Deadheads to their rock-club shows and they may have connections to lower Manhattan's art-music scene, but when you get right down to it, Medeski Martin & Wood are just a jazz organ trio. Organist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin, and bassist Chris Wood don't work a whole lot differently from the old Jimmy Smith Trio; they get a good groove going, add a catchy hook and then improvise changes on both the rhythm and the melody. They may take more liberties than Smith ever has, but that familiar combination of a thick organ sound and funky drum patterns is still the core. The third Medeski Martin & Wood album, Friday Afternoon in the Universe, is the best reflection yet of the trio's live show, for 13 of the 15 tracks feature no guests, just the interaction among the three principals. And that interaction has been honed by three years of extensive roadwork into a genuine give-and-take. There's no parade of disconnected solos here, no fast, flashy playing for its own sake; the three players move as one through impressionistic, atmospheric patches into driving funk grooves and then off onto spacey tangents. Medeski plays some piano and synthesizer, but everything he plays has the thickened textures associated with a B-3 organ--thick enough to make three pieces more than sufficient. --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars ON THE MOVE WITH MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD
"Friday Afternoon in the Universe" would be a pretty good answer to the question, "What time is it?" Actually, it's the title to Medeski Martin & Wood's third album, and like the title, the work as a whole is an expansive embrace of genres and styles. Literally postmodern to the hilt, "Friday Afternoon..." is a carnivalesque mix of samba, mambo, rumba, gypsy, "pirate" and all other kinds of music, and it is the predictable sound of MMW that brings them all together into a giant collage of galactic monkey funk. My favorite piece is only about a minute and a half long: Featuring a kid who has seemingly wandered into the studio with his plastic raygun (could it be? Kenny G?) serious jazz listeners will be jarred as MMW is "attacked" when the kid fires it. Then the band, in a masterful group improvisation, responds by imitating the noise. The kid fires again, but this time the sound's different. Again the response. Although this is the kind of thing any dad in a garage band might do with his son, the piece hearkens back to the call-and-response roots of the blues thrust as it is straight into the sci fi future. What's amazing is how well these three players know one another. They read each other like books, and BAM! They're on the move.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I feel out of my element here, since I don't know a whole lot about jazz. Nevertheless, MMW is fantasitic. When I first bought this album, I thought it was... alright. Chubb Sub was, and still is, my favorite. It would just bother me how Medeski would go off and drown out Martin and Wood. Then, however, I saw them live, and now I appriciate this album so much more. They truely are fantastic at what they do, but, know this, this album is very, for lack of a better term, crazy at times. It takes a while to really appriciate the majority of the songs on it, but it is well worth it in the end.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thick, thick, thick, thick really good stuff!
Imagine the strongest jazz rhythm section you can (bass, drums, keys), get rid of all the superfluous stuff that usually hides them (vocals, guitars, and light shows), and then let 'em get nice and funky. MMW are only about advancing their groove, with an egoless melding that baffles the mind. Each of the plays so loosely, yet together they offer something that's incredibly well structured.

This release is really good stuff - "Chubb Sub" especially - and is the release that got MMW's name out of NYC and into the many converstations nationwide. However, your interests might be inclined toward one of their other realeases. For example, _It's a Jungle in Here_ is a bit funkier, _Tonic_ is quite a bit more mellow, and _Friday Afternoon in the Universe_ is a bit more convenitonal.

5-0 out of 5 stars careful.
Stone cold groove. Be careful. May damage groin area. These cats are some mad magicians.

5-0 out of 5 stars wow.
im speechless. this is music at it's finest right here. i have never listened to anything better than this. so jazzy, so smooth, so funky, so groovadistic. buy this cd. NOW. ... Read more


19. Waltz for Koop
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Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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Koop combines a wealth of summery melodies and floating vocals with the acid jazz of Gilles Peterson and the laid-back trip-hop aesthetic of Jazzanova and Peter Kruder.The result is a sweet, effortless sound on Waltz For Koop. Starting off with a Brazilian feel, Koop enlists Astrud Gilberto-like chanteuses Cecilia Stalin and Yukimi Nagano to augment the mood, while later, electronic trickster-legend Earl Zinger shows up for a decadent "Modal Mile." The record takes an otherworldly turn with the presence of Chicago folk-jazz artist Terry Callier, as his wistful, spiritual pipes give "In a Heartbeat" a depth that eludes most DJs, who go for electronic lounge and end up with elevator music. Good-natured and accessible without being trendy, Waltz puts a lot of other "chill" collections to shame.--Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Cool!
A lot of chillout or lounge people of recent years go for the atmosphere of "jazz" or bossa nova and end up producing something that is, at least, inoffensive to the ears. When I heard this Koop CD, I could tell that they had the same goal, but they do it so well. They don't sound like Thievery or St. Germain, even though St. Germain is all right...but they approach their music with the paced and sophisticated sensibility of the generation of jazz musicians that were killed by fusion. The live musicians on this album are very solid and interesting. As a jazz musician myself, I can tell when producers or second rate musicians are faking it. Even though some of the sampled material is completely ripped of from old jazz songs, the end result is a swinging and utterly ethereal set.
The 4 songs on the beginning of the album are mostly traditionally arranged vocal bits that sandwich an instrumental solo between a sung melody. The singers have a light and delicate touch to match the instrumentation behind them. The melodies and overall compositions are good enough to use in a big band or other traditional jazz setting. The rest of the songs seem more like hipster pieces. They mostly hang out on one chord and feature deep voiced men, but the key in these is the consistently deep and stylish atmosphere.
This album is delicate and retro without the shallow elevator music style of other "jazzy" electronic producers, and it also avoids the overly assertive recycled splash of Japanese acts like Pizzicato Five and Fantastic Plastic Machine. It occupies a space that a lot of artists reach for, but hits such a delicate balance that I doubt even they can try to do it again. That makes it essential; that makes it a classic

5-0 out of 5 stars Koop is for keeps
I picked this CD up in the dance music section of our local music store and took a listen. I'm glad I did, because this would count as some of the best music I've ever heard. Reminiscent of lazy Sunday evenings, late-night lounges and sultry blondes, Koop blends elements of dance music, jazz, trip-hop, swing and downtempo into one delicious, happy blend. The music tempts this listener, like a beautiful, alluring and mysterious woman. Track no 1, waltz for Koop, has gorgeous Bjork-like vocals (Cecilia Stalin). Track no. 4, Summer Sun, features sultry vocals by the 15-year old Yukimi Nagano. Track no. 8 is another favorite, with an upbeat, yet distinctive house flavor, and great vocals. To those with a loved one, this would make an excellent companion to romantic evenings. To those without, you'd wish you did. The one complaint I have about this CD is that it is too short! Like all good music, Koop is for keeps.

5-0 out of 5 stars make it dark, make it light, make it KOOP tonight
Who knew? I certainly didn't. When listening to my copy of, "Waltz for Koop", I am transported to the world of a sleek grey Mercedes whirling down the Autoban. Song's like, "Tonight", and "Baby" are the reasons for this. The whirling music of the two masterful Swedes tells of some kind of "experience". I wish that I could go "Relaxin' at club f***in'" with these two, for it would be full of joy and Thelonius Monk-esque brilliance. Horray for Koop!

5-0 out of 5 stars very soothing music
"Waltz For Koop" is a breath of fresh air out of a boundles sea of boring, cliche, and unoriginal music. Combining Jazz music with some electronic elements is a beautiful combination which is executed so perfectly by Koop. Every song on the album is amazing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Like finding gold
I found Koop on epitonic.com while I was just searching through for something new to listen to. I downloaded "Summer Sun" and "Baby" and loved them. I played them over and over and finally had to go top the record store to get it!!!

I love this cd. I play it every day. Its relaxing, inspiring, light, uplifting, chilled, and exciting all at the same time. I don't know how they do it all at once! The lyricists are wonderful, and the instrumentals and so smooth. I don't typically like jazz, but I can't help but love this!!! Get it! ... Read more


20. Groove Boutique: Volume One
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Sumptuous sounds to ignite your passion.Slow motion vines to massage your spirit.The Groove Boutique: Volume One offers a delicious serving of one, the other or both, depending upon what you - or perhaps your partner - have in mind.

The luscious montage of moods presented on Groove Boutique: Volume One were carefully selected and mastefully blended by Rafe Gomez, DJ/host/producer of The Groove Boutique, America's first and only nationally syndicated jazz mix radio show.Rafe's goal with Groove Boutique: Volume One was to create the world's first mix CD of laid back jazz and jazz-oriented tracks for the same audience that tunes in his top-rated program each week: discriminating, mature, and sophisticated.

A diverse palette of vibrant musical colors is captured on Groove Boutique: Volume One.Many of the artists on the album are well known to devotees of smooth jazz, chill jazz, and nu jazz; others will be less familiar.But beyond the level of their creators' popularity, the selections on Groove Boutique: Volume One are united by four artistic attributes:lush production, impeccable performance, pristine songcraft, and irresistable hipness.

Melt into the warm vibes.Surrender to the sensuous rhythms.And savor the mouth-watering flavors of Groove Boutique: Volume One.

Blended, vibed & funkdafied by Rafe Gomez. ... Read more


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