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Emergency On Planet Earth

Jamiroquai

1993

Emergency On Planet Earth

Album Summary

Emergency on Planet Earth is the debut studio album by English funk and acid jazz band Jamiroquai, released on 14 June 1993 under Sony Soho Square. Prior its release, the band debuted in 1992 with "When You Gonna Learn" under Acid Jazz Records, and front-man Jay Kay was given a major-label deal with Sony Music. The album was produced as Kay formed the band and is characterised by its acid jazz foundations, layers of instrumentation and socially charged lyrics. Critical reviews of the album were generally positive and noted its 1970s stylings. It reached number one in the UK Albums Chart and sold over 1,200,000 copies worldwide. Its single "Too Young to Die" peaked at number 10 in the UK Singles Chart. A remastered version of the album was released in 2013 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the album's release.

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Rating

3.24

Votes

5332

Genres

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Sat May 22 2021
4

I really enjoyed this album. This is a solid jam/jazz/funk/acid rock offering with lots to dig in to especially if you're musically inclined. The record was joyful and playful and featured impressive musicianship. I especially enjoyed the use of the synth which in no way made the music sound dated (as synths can do). Great record to put on to get people dancing as well.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
1

“Emergency on Planet Earth” by Jamiroquai (1993) I’ve never heard of this album or this group. Sounds like a white guy trying to make money pretending to be black. And sometimes what it sounds like is exactly what it is. Cultural appropriation at its worst. His faux Stevie Wonder impersonation is embarrassing. Derivative ripoff. I had to skip ahead. It got worse. This album screams. “Look at me! I’m British and I’m so fashionably and counterculturally cool! Buy my CD so I can pay my session musicians!” Good bass player. Nice fluegelhorn. Strings are terrible. There’s a lot that I could say about how poorly this was composed, arranged, performed, mastered, and mixed, but I just don’t want to. Regarding the, ah, lyrics—they lack poetry, and the social commentary is like skipping rocks on a fetid pond. The self awareness in his self aware lyrics is aware of a pretty silly self. “Blow Your Mind” should’ve been titled “Blow Your Alleged Mind”. This album SUCKS. 1/5

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Sun May 23 2021
5

God dammnit this an incredible album. I really struggle to think of any other record that is this interesting AND funky. Out of control momentum that is impossible to stop moving to, I reckon you could power a small Dutch village with the energy this thing emits. Every single track is out of this world but my big highlights are Too Young to Die,and Revolution 1993 (Any track (in the demo) that includes "TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE" is an obvious 5/5). Fricken sick lead break on Whatever It Is. There's even some bonus cuica in Music Of The Mind. Also my best friend the funky bell sound is back all over it but especially on the opening track and Too Young.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Don't really have alot to say on this one. It's right in the middle of 3 for me. Nothing that really bothers me per se but nothing that really excites me too much either except maybe the use of the dijeridoo. It just makes me want to listen to Stevie Wonder instead.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

I've never listened to Jamiroquai before and had no idea what to expect. But I was very positively surprised! It's an interesting mix of styles, nice to hear some rarely used instruments and a lot of variety.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Great album, always loved Jamiroquai

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Cet album était de grande, il est en revanche dommage que Jamiroquai se soit endormi sur sa table de mixage. En effet, après 7 sons tous plus impressionnants les uns que les autres, Jami, ayant offert une folle énergie pendant ces plus de 30mn de musique, se trouve en effet un peu las. Le voilà qui se met donc à fermer les yeux quelques secondes pour reprendre ses esprits, mais ces quelques secondes se transformeront en de longues minutes. C'est dommageable, mais n'enlève rien à la qualité de l'album pré-sieste.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Après une série catastrophique entamée juste après l'album culte de l'ultra-sexuel Marvin Gaye, la musique de bon goût vient de faire son retour dans le générateur par le biais de Jamiroquai. Pour l'anecdote, à la veille de la sortie de ce premier album, les membres du groupe fêtèrent leur futur succès lors d'une soirée particulièrement arrosée. Malheureusement pour eux, le chanteur ne s'arrêta jamais de gobeloter et s'endormit au petit matin sur la table de mixage allumée le cul à l'air. Résultat des courses : une fin d'album totalement cacophonique doublée d'un xylostome.

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Wed May 12 2021
1

Jamiroquai is an artist I haven't really engaged with before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This is an album that really draws into focus the fine line between appreciation and appropriation. Unfortunately, I feel like it's more the latter. While the funky grooves are fairly bespoke and well-made, I can't help but feel like the singer is cosplaying as Stevie Wonder circa 1972, and that makes me deeply uncomfortable. Why not just listen to Stevie, instead? The generic "socially conscious" lyrics feel more unintentionally Flight of the Conchords than Marvin Gaye. It's a disservice to all the Black artists they freely lift from. Further, the name (a lazy mashup of jam and Iroquois) and the Indigenous iconography used for the group's buffalo man logo just amplifies my disdain. I'll take a pass. Favourite track: "Blow Your Mind"

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

EXTRA COOL

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Big Fan

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

Awesomely jazzy and poppy. Such a unique blend.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

Loved this- will listen to it again

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

Yes

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

Funky, politically charged, enjoyable.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Groovin, bumpin, funky, jive, etc. Fantastic

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Incredible disco/funk album, start to finish

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

Groovy, funky and I was literally listening to this two days before it came up in the list. Great musicians playing great songs

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

I knew I would love this before I even listened!

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Best Song: Too Young to Die. Dancy, groovy, with a hint of melancholy lyrics. Absolute jam. Worst Song: There isn't one. Overall: May more lyrically interesting than I expected, full of dark gems mixed with funky, high energy music that makes you want to move. Feels like the dance album for the apocalypse. "Death can seem to bear no relevance Bet you wished you'd danced to the music What you want to do is kill yourself Still you don't dance to the music"

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Fantastic

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

I really enjoyed this album. Modern Jazz with a hip beat.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Fun vibes. Love that Jamiroquai sound!

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Good funky trip-hop vibes.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

funky and fresh. I should have been listening to this when it came out. Already warranted a replay.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
2

As a dance album this is great, for just easy listening it's lacking the variation in tempo and composition to make it more than background music.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Kinda receptive boring, songs were too long, no saves, although it had some nice vocals at times 2.5

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Wed May 12 2021
1

I'm gonna have to side with Nick's review on Emergency on Planet Earth, as most of this album feels contrived, with Jamiroquai stepping into a style that was historically marketable. However, the historical appropriation of cultural music/stylings of black American musicians by white British musicians is well documented, so this whole project feels uncomfortable to listen to.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
1

1 point for the bassist. 0 points for everything else.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Mas funky que la csm, 10/10

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Sat Apr 03 2021
5

I only listened to most of the album, but I already loved Jamiroquai, so it was good.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

Лучшие!

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

Unverwechselhaft

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

I haven't heard much of Jamiroquai before now, but it's definitely better than I imagined. Everything has a good sound that always keeps up the vibe. Very nice music, more of something to just chill and groove to than keep on in the background, but I'm not complaining. And a late happy 25th to Traveling Without Moving!

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Phenomenal first album

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

not a perfect straight through listen, but 5 for the course correction from metal this helped with!

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Very interesting, much more than I was expecting

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

Great funk/jazz whatever this is I loved it

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Loved this one

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

Revolution was f****** amazing

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

If you like Jazz , Funk, R&B. You need to check out this English band.Great to listen to !

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

okay

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Funkiest '90s music I've ever heard. Rad.

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Cool jazz funk album, you can see their influence on some of the people like Bruno Mars and Anderson paak today, which is copl

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Good!

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Disco space funktastic!

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

genial

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

❤️Jamiroquai

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Loved this fusion of jazz, world and funk.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Really fun and funky.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Lo que se logra en este disco es algo muy especial y que a mí gusto lo hace lograr las 5 estrellas: Jazz, de ese que si lo toca Chick Corea o Chuck Mangione no sería ni siquiera mencionado en el mundo pop, pero de alguna manera cambian algo de la estructura, le agregan una voz moderna o yo qué se qué y PUM de pronto fue hit en MTV, llena conciertos de gente de otras generaciones y suenan frescos. El disco no tiene un minuto de aburrimiento y solo tal vez la versión extendida pueda sentirse demasiado, pero sus 10 tracks originales rifan duro.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

I will show my age and my whole ass here, but my only exposure to Jamiroquai (beyond in passing) was through Napoleon Dynamite. But honestly, I do really like this sound, and I was absolutely baffled by the amount of didgeridoo on a funk album!

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

10/10 - based as fuck I don’t even care that this album came out 20 years later than it should have, it still sounds amazing it’s like if Stevie Wonder made a Thundercat album perfection🤌

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

As a teen I was obsessed with Jamiroquai in the 1990s. I was probably too young to understand the charges of cultural appropriation many have levelled against them, and of accusations of Jay Kay being a white rip-off of Stevie Wonder. I listened again and preferred to listen with my innocent ears of the 90s. There is a sniff of hypocrisy when Kay passionately sings about environmental catastrophe, yet is a massive petrolhead. Yet beyond all of that, there is some fantastic musicianship on this album. Stuart Zender is an absolute bass wizard, some of these riffs are just too funky - it's a great shame he later fell out with Kay only 2 albums on. The late Toby Smith's keyboards are exquisite and there's even Wallis' digeridoo for something a bit different. For all the funk, it's a solid 5/5.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

First Jamiroquai album ive listened to all the way through, and it was alot more didgereedoo psychadelic weird that I expected it to be. However, thats never a bad thing. Overall, really enjoyed the album with some real gems in there and some solid grooves to simply relax to. My tops songs were If i like it, i do it and Blow your mind. Some sweet basslines with those even sweeter horn rhythms!

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

loved this

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Now this is what i call a really stylish funk acid jazz album. Dance to it music with a point. Excellent!!!

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Solid 4.5 . I love Jamiroquai unique talent

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Enjoyed the digieridoo

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

This album is right down the middle for everything that I like. What a treat this was. Favorite track: Revolution 1993

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

Snazzy jazzy groovy! A didgeridoo solo? You BET I’m in!

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

Jamiroquai! When you want a 70s sound but not from the 70s. Really fun and funky grooves. I love it!

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

So groovy and funky! Totally dug it!!

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

I was first introduced to Jamiroquai by the iconic dance in "Napoleon Dynamite." I had assumed it was a 70s classic I had somehow missed along the way. Turns out I missed out on Jamiroquai throughout the 90s! How sad that was! How could this happen? This was funky and topical and fun! I'm sort of mad at myself for not pursuing this music after "Canned Heat" became a staple of my playlists. Feels like I missed my second chance then. But here we are, and I love this groovy music.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Great!

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Thu Nov 05 2020
4

It's pretty good but goes on a bit

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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

Great album. Some iffy songs later on but solid.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

jamiroqual

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Funky, good background music to work to.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Toe tapping. Funky. Smooth. Nice sound stage. Decent instrumentals

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

En del snuskigt bra här, verkligen. Han kan han, Jamiroquai. En del låtar lite för svaga för att bli ett “på väggen”-album, men fan det e ett najs album. Stark 4a!

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Good. Got a little tired towards the end

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Jazz pop interesting. Kinda diggin the vibes on this album

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

top

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Great. Nineties nostalgia trip

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Funky but honestly kinda boring. Still gonna give it an 8 just based on the sound.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Jimiroquai Broadbent knows how much this slaps... Nah seriously, it's super cheesy, it's definitely of its time, and Jay Kay is an asshole. But I can't deny that this album is loaded with a fair few bops.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

It's a decent album with some good tunes. Bit sullied by how much of a bell Jay kay became. Gets a bit samey towards the end

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

8/10 wasn't anything crazy but it was musically interesting and a fun listen. i'll be honest when i saw it was a british funk band i was skeptical but they did a good job.

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Past perfect bij het weer, deze plaat! Had wel iets korter gemogen, op den duur wist ik het wel.

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Funky grooves

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

I like Jamiroquai.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

I really like the first song when you gonna learn. I also like too young to die

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

I can't claim I listened to the whole thing (two hours what) but I did listen to a lot of it. Acid jazz is a real genre-bending kind of music and this album really takes it to the next level. I think there's a didgeridoo in the first song? It's cool, not much more to say.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

I liked the fusion sound. Definitely hear jazz influences.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this album.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

This was great! Ashamed to admit I'd never heard any Jamiroquai before but this was quality.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Embarrassingly I'd only been familiar with the band's "hits" so was happy to give a deeper dive here. Didn't know this was their debut album and *wow* - elements of 70s Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock combined with 90s production... Perfect instrumentation - the horns, Rhodes piano, percussion... My initial favourite is "Whatever It Is, I Just Can't Stop" holymoly. That growly bass is the bomb. This is the first strong 4 i'm giving to something I'd never heard before - this will get many many listens.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Honestly, I was ready to go into this and hate it. I remember Jamiroquai as a schmucky doofus who had that Virtual Insanity song and the cool video where he was walking funny on a multi plane treadmill. This record is more akin to a funk protest record, and with a couple quibbles I have in a couple spots this is entirely listenable and would be great background music for a party and would fit into a playlist with the likes of Stevie Wonder or Parliment. Nice surprise.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Funky bass notes!

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Tue May 18 2021
4

really alternative and fun!!!

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Wed May 12 2021
4

First track has a great rhythm right off the bat. Love the groove of the whole album. Basically a precursor and probably huge inspiration for The Dirty Loops.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Such an underrated artist! This album was lots of fun to listen to. I’ll be listening to it again soon

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Mon May 10 2021
4

It’s good! It’s funky!

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

What a surprisingly great find. Sounds a lot like Stevie Wonder (especially vocally), which is a huge compliment. All I knew of Jamiroquai was that one video that MTV used to show on repeat back in say 1997. I believe it was for a song called "Virtual Insanity". All I know for sure is Chris Rock made fun of it when he hosted the VMA's around that time. Nevertheless, this came dangerously close to a 5 for me. This album compelled me to put in a 30-minute sprint on the treadmill I enjoyed it so much. Might be just a BIT too long. Tighten this baby up a bit and we'd be looking at a solid 5.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Pretty high energy and engaging all the way through the first disc. I've enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would do; especially impressive given it's Jamiroquai's first album.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Funkology, the theory of funk.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Másters del funk.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

such a solid, groovy record. george clinton caliber funk.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Just some perfect chilled out funk. Loves me some Jamiroquai

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

Bien aime le electro jazz. Ca sonne bienje l’ai ecoute deux fois 4.25*

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Funky og fedt. Dog nogle fillers

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

en skelsættende klassiker, han kan det hele!!

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

Interessant i meritori reciclatge de sons clàssics de funk, soul i tonalitats disco amb una producció moderna (pels 90) que el situa com un producte de la seva època, amb el plus de la veu i la presència carismàtica de Jay Kay

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

This is pretty great, I feel like it's every Jamiroquai album but still great

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

Lovely! Good vibes :)

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Оч под настроение, но музыканты они крутые

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Good vibes. Fun

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

Bald 30 Jahre alt, und rein von der Message her aktueller denn je, hm?! Zeigt einem mal wieder wie doof die ganze Menschheit ist; zugegeben ich selbst eingeschlossen aber auch Mr. Jay Kay himself, der nach dem Ding hier ja auch in erster Linie durch nen spektakulären Hang zu fetten Karren auffiel. Komisch, oder? Album fand ich jedenfalls erstaunlich geil beim wieder Anhören nach all den Jahren. Auf der Autobahn übrigens. Spitzen-Cuvee aus irgendwas mit Afrobeat, Jazzfusion und Neosoul, wirklich zeitlos auch. Und so ausgereift für ein Debüt! Ach, scheiss Kokain ey, man wünschte wirklich, er wäre weiter bei Verstand geblieben.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

It's Jamiroquai, you either like it or you don't. There was only one extra good track for me on this one and it was long (might just be spotify version though)

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Solid

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

Not my fav Jamiroquai but it still rules. Incredibly funky, lots of fun. 4/5.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

-Great bass in "Emergency On Planet Earth" -I love the fast-paced lyrics on "Revolution 1993" -Very cool, quick tempo jazz stuff

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

A lot more than the one not wonder I thought they were.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

Jazzy, funky and greatly produced. Worldwide stardom was still awaiting for Jamiroquai but they were already up with a good start.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

I did enjoy this album. I definitely see the Stevie Wonder influence throughout this album. And the didgeridoo? I was not expecting to hear one of those. But I did feel a few tracks were a bit weak, and didn't vibe with them as much. And some of the tracks were a bit too long for me. Highlights: When You Gonna Learn?, Too Young To Die, If I Like It I Do It

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

Very lively music, great rythm section. Good songs

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

viciante, brabo, funk e jazz. É ele

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: When you gonna learn?, Blow your mind

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Very cool sound, the hippest elevator music. Some sounded a bit futuristic.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Nice. One of thousands of Stevie Wonder followers, but a pretty good one.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

* sounds fresh, good quality remaster.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

I got so tired of hearing Virtual Insanity back in the day that it was hard to be objective on this. Jay Kay always sounded too much like Stevie Wonder to me, but really, you don’t have that much choice who you sound like, and it’s better I suppose than sounding like Leonard Cohen. On closer listening, the arrangements really stand out. The band is tight, the sound is smooth and sophisticated. The instrumental jam is a bonus. The song-writing is unstructured and free flowing, though some tracks go on for a bit longer than they should. I know some reviewers poked fun at the socially conscious lyrics, but that to me, was a more a sign of the times – protest bands in the 60s and 70s were praised not mocked.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

The funky soul tunes remind me of a refreshed Stevie Wonder and the jazz tunes show that the band knows how to play. They play a wide range of styles and even mix some disco in with funk in Revolution 1993 and, I hate to say it, but I like the disco bit too.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

JQ isa bit of a guilty pleasure of mine- a thorny replacement gene in my side. A work truck I used to drive had a CD on constant rotation- it grew on me.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

j'ai 7 albums de retard je sais pas quoi dire mais c'était bien ça m'a motivée pour défaire ma big ass valise

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Jamiroquai! Now there's someone I haven't really thought of in about 20 years, but boy did I love them when Travelling Without Moving came out. I'm not familiar with this album, but it's a jazzy, trippy, fun listen. Heck of a debut album. Jay Kay is a solid vocalist, full of energy and soul. He gets the Stevie comparisons a lot. He's not quite that good, but he's a lot of fun to listen to. Love the funky, jazz inflected arrangements. Strong Earth Wind & Fire and Sly Stone vibe, which I love. The politically driven songwriting doesn’t go super deep, but by 1993 pop music standards they were actually ahead of the curve. Fave Songs: Whatever It Is, I Just Can't Stop; If I Like It, I Do It; Emergency on Planet Earth; When You Gonna Learn; Didgin' Out

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Sat Feb 19 2022
4

Hits the mark musically and enjoyed the vocal styling. Almost 20 years after release, much of the message seems dated. Overall, a very good listen.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Fun, funky... great precursor to Travelling Without Moving.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Like the dance scene in napoleon dynamite, I don't know what's going on here, but I think I like it!

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Certainly enjoyable and iconic of the era.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

This was a great album, in terms of study/background music. A few great tracks but some were a bit more forgettable. Having read about his car collection and his Top Gear time, I’m going to give this guy another shot!

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Bangin

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

4.4 - This album captures that 70s soul/funk vibe perfectly. The band sounds impeccable with Jon Kay at the helm. It's impossible to not hear the Stevie Wonder parallels although this album eschews some Stevie's emotional depth, maintaining a non-stop party tempo throughout.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Kinda tough to judge this. Ultimately, great music, great funk, great songwriting, really great musicians. I don't want to take away from those things. However... much of it is so similar to the likes of EW&F, Sly & TFS, Parliament, etc. There's no doubt where the influence came from. They've certainly added their touch. I really like it, but struggle to find the differences. It's not quite as difficult in their newer stuff. Traveling w/out moving, virtual insanity, canned heat. Those stand out to me.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

I like the first song; cool Stevie Wonder vibe. This continues to sound a bit like knockoff Stevie Wonder...but in a good way. Okay, the didgeridoo at the end is a bit much, but on the whole: solid Stevie Wonder cover band!

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Always enjoyed Jamiroquai. Not the most memorable of their songs but still funky!

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Really dug these funky beats

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Always enjoyed Jamiroquai. Not the most memorable of their songs but still funky!

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Sat Apr 23 2022
4

Really good funk

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

****

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

listened to again probably one of the funkiest debuts of all time

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Sun May 08 2022
4

innovation clearly present, a fresh different vibe. 8.5

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Mon May 09 2022
4

I was jamming to this entire album.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

I liked this a lot. It’s funny, I had Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life a couple days ago, and this is sort of like a more modern version of Stevie Wonder. Some great grooves. 4 stars.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

The early Jamiroquai is the best... as a 14-year old I remember loving Blow Your Mind, and I can still get the chills listening to that song. Great album.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Very very funky! Love it!

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Favorite Tracks: When You Gonna Learn? Too Young To Die Blow Your Mind

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

With this album, Jamiroquai does what generations of English musicians have done before them. Take music originated in America and not as popular as before and put their spin on it and make it better. 4/5.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

4/5. Funky, fun, very Stevie Wondery. Damn enjoyable

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

6/13/2022 - ALBUM #137 Today's Album: "Emergency On Planet Earth" by Jamiroquai - This album takes no time getting right into the thick of it with a blaring didgeridoo before welcoming in a groove so funky it sounds like Stevie Wonder and a vocal performance to match. That opening track introduces a lot of the ideas that are going to be all over this album like systematic inequality, unintentional discrimination, and the dire needs for not only civil rights, but a total revolution. These messages not only dig into the American discrimination of African Americans, but also tap into the inequality of people living comfortably in America compared to those living off of very little in 3rd world countries. All of this is presented, though, through some of the funkiest tracks I have probably ever heard. It really sounds like Stevie Wonder's and Michael Jackson's bands crashed into each other and started laying down some sick beats. Although the background of this album is a little concerning, with it being a lot of traditionally black music being sung by a white man, but when you look at the members of this fairly large band, it's clear that this band spans many cultures and is inspired by this kind of music more than simply ripping it off. Every track balances it's great sound with a ton of really great lyrics of social justice and the entire time I just kept thinking about how much it relates to today despite coming out 30 years ago. The struggles we are facing in America today have been experienced by people around the world for so long and it often takes an album like this to show Americans how privileged they are. There are many times where it can be pretty heavy handed with it's messages, but it's never too up front with it that you can't just sit back and enjoy the fantastic instrumentals. Great production work all around and the mix is perfect for this genre, with the bass and funky synths way up front. Overall, this is a really great statement album in protest of a lot of injustices going on around the world, but it's also an incredibly fun, groovy, and above all else funky experience from top to bottom. Listen to this album if you like Stevie Wonder or like an album with a deep message contrasted with an enjoyable sound. Highlights: When You Gonna Learn?, Too Young to Die, Hooked Up, "If I Like It, I Do It", Music of the Mind, Emergency on Planet Earth, Blow Your Mind, Revolution 1993, Didgin' Out Score: 8/10 Puts the fun in funky and the pro in protest

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

This was pretty cool retro, Stevie wonder type album at first but the last two songs really elevated the whole thing. They were the perfect blend of 70s r&b and modern stuff, especially revolution 1993

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Pretty good, only a couple songs sortof stuck out for me though.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

this is my new go to funk album

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Love the mix of funk and jazz

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Some vocal similarities to Steven Wonder, but it's great regardless. Feels pretty timeless as well with the production. Favorites: When You Gonna Learn, Too Young to Die, Music of the Mind

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

heavy funk and jazz, with some politics thrown in. fairly solid, even just as background noise. ideally 3.5, rounding up

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Please collect all of the electronic disco/funk music you can find and inject it directly into my veins. I don't get to listen to a lot of fun dance music on this list, and I fucking love this stuff. The fact that this album came out in 1993 is crazy. It sounds almost too advanced for that period, though electronic music was making rapid advancements during that period in particular. Anyway, it's hard to type when my feet are tapping and my head is bopping, so I'm just going to give this 4 stars and get back to enjoying it

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Sat Aug 06 2022
4

Enjoyed it, funky grooves (in the words of AOK)

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

- How much funk do you want on your album? - Yes. A fun record. Loved the energy and light nature. Highlight: Too Young To Die

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Quite enjoyed it and I've learnt how to play funk guitar from the guitarist of this band (although he isn't on this one).

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Yes - very funky.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Super fun, but the bloat really dragged it down, and Jay Kay's vocals becoming grating after too long dragged it down a bit further. But... the surplus of didgeridoo shot it back up a good deal, not gonna lie.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

Quite a variation of styles, good album.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

I haven't heard this album since the 90s and I had forgotten how excellent this music was. Great musicianship, jazzy fun funk grooves with a 70s feel, hard not to dance to. I might listen to this one again.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

yes!

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

this was a really fun listen! the title track was my favorite

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Damn I judged this album unfairly, but it's actually very good. Electronic / funk / jazz mix? Super cool concept and don't think I've heard anything like it before. I feel like this would've been very ahead of its time for the 90s; even now it seems really fresh. Definitely will be getting this on vinyl at some point.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Damn. I love Stevie Wonder. ♥

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

A favorite. This is arguably the best Jamiroquai album when they were really at their peak. The music had smoothened from the earlier albums and was more authentic than the later ones. Sometimes the rhythmic juxtaposition and transitions aren't very listenable and I think that's heard the most on 'Hooked Up' and 'Whatever it is, I Just Can't Stop'. 'Too Young to Die' and the flirty 'Blow Your Mind'. Nice album to revisit. Always pleasant, enjoyable and fun. Great driving album.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

Disco Disco

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

3,5

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Ei parasta antia, mutta perjantailevyksi erittäin toimiva. Jamiroquai toimii aina hyvänä tunnelman nostattajana.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

Super interesting record. I’ll listen to more.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Sex

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Þið skiljið ekki hvað Jamiroquai er góður fyrir lappirnar á mér. Get ekkert hlustað á þetta án þess að dansa. Svona funk acid jazz type of thing er algjör fíkn hjá mér.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Of all the music acts that appeared in the 90s, Jamiroquai undoubtedly is one of the better ones. Their brand of acid jazz funk music grabs attention immediately, the mix of expertly arranged songs (just listen to these basslines!) and frontman Jay Kay's slick vocals make for an intriguing package. The songs themselves are good, but they would become better - truly great - on later albums. But this album is where it all began, and deserves a listen. 3.5/5

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Good album, nice and chill. Will probably listen again if i want something nice and smooth, would make great background music for a chill evening, though I'm sure there's lots to be gathered from a more focused listen through.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Its some really decent deep cuts shit. 4/5

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

Makes me want to go to a festival

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

Gotta love Jamiroquai, even if this is basically a Stevie W Ripoff in so many ways.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

Omg revolution 1993 is sooo good I love this album i'll be sure to check more of this band

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

ah another blast from the past. Pretty sure I have this CD still. This was the jam in the summer of 93 or 94. Which is funny because, otherwise, I was totally into alt-rock, grunge, metal at the time. Now that I've listened to SO MUCH Stevie Wonder through 1001 it's unmistakable the amount of influence he had on Jamiroquai. This album is really timeless. Great funky grooves!

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Light 8, not as good as other albums, some bangers but not as many as I hoped for

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

Lots of fun on this one! This is definitely an evolution of a certain branch of jazz showing the future in 1993. Hard to describe, but easy to listen to

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Tue Dec 06 2022
4

Funky and hip

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Thu Dec 08 2022
4

I enjoyed this one. None of the songs were that memorable to me but overall it was good.

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Fri Sep 18 2020
3

Somewhat dated music I used to like a lot but now not so much. Still fairly good.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

2.75/5. It was fine. Nothing special, kind of dragged on.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Didn't age as well as I thought it would...chaotic.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Some funky goodness

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

I thought I'd hate this or love this but it's actually quite calm isn't it. Some nice tunes wouldn't be adverse to putting it on again. Such Kyle vibes it's crazy

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

Space funky album

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Fun! Funky!

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

It's not bad, not my style normally. Live I would prob like a lot more. Funky but nothing that was like "WOW THIS SLAPS". It's like... accessible Jazzy.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

Is this the best pick of this band? I feel like they tightened up the sound and toned down the hippie vibe in favor of a little deeper orchestration as time went on. Still I have no problem with this at all.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
3

parece música de loja de roupa que quer ser descolada mas é divertidim

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Very funky. I was interested in hearing more from this band - my first exposure to them was when my sister downloaded one of their songs when I was in middle school. I found their sound exciting. I asked her about it yesterday and she said she probably heard it in the movie Center Stage, which I never saw but is apparently about dancers. On this listen, for some reason I couldn't shake the perception that the singer was emulating Stevie Wonder, and that bothered me. A reference point that occurred to me, but didn't bother me, was KC and the Sunshine Band - another band I heard for the first time in middle school. Waffling between 3 and 4 on this one.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Talk about a group I have not thought about since I was a kid. This is actually a solid funk/soul album. Didn't love anything but it was all solid and an easy listen. "Whatever It Is, I Just Can't Stop" is probably the highlight for me.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

fantastic album to groove to, listened to it at work, and kept me moving all day. was fantastic!

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