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Remedy

Basement Jaxx

1999

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Remedy
Album Summary

Remedy is the debut studio album by English electronic music duo Basement Jaxx, released in May 1999 by record label XL. The album was very well-received critically, and reached number 4 in the UK albums chart. Four singles were released from the album: "Red Alert", "Rendez-Vu", "Jump n' Shout" and "Bingo Bango".

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2.71

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Genres

  • Electronica

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Sun Mar 28 2021
2

“Remedy” by Basement Jaxx (1999) Completely unfamiliar with this. Likely to stay that way. This is dancing and drinking music. Electronic ‘sounds’ and four-on-the-floor rhythm machine foundations. Compositionally, this is is an elaborate musical doodle. Some interesting and innovative samples, like “Merengue” on “Bingo Bango”, but I’ve gotta draw a line here: Whose music am I assessing? These sounds (not songs) provide a background for more important things, like looking/smelling good at the club and hoping to get lucky. Lyrics are inconsequential. Two stars for some interesting sonic distractions. Now another shot of Axe and back to cruising for honey. 2/5

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Wed Apr 14 2021
2

Ever been on a shit work night out and stuck in a trendy bar you hate with people you don’t like watching some cunt from another department occasionally stand up and pretend the music is danceable before realising it’s not and sitting down again? The DJ is playing this album. ⭐️⭐️

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

In a Rolling Stone interview, one of the members of Basement Jaxx bemoaned the state of dance music, using words like "robotic," "shiny," and "superficial" (among others). I would use all of those words to describe this horribly generic dance album, so I would say that they failed in their quest to transform the genre. They also failed to make house music interesting. Hard pass. Best track: U Can't Stop Me

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

I bought this when it came out, at the time house music seemed adventurous and mysterious, but Basement Jaxx gave it a geekier and more accessible edge. I think because Felix wears glasses. There are some duff tracks, but there's just enough intelligence and sophistication here to elevate it above the standard Ibiza floor fillers.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

Just not interesting to listen to. After 30 seconds you know what each song is.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
2

I can go for a fair amount of EDM but I found this album to be grating and obnoxious. There always seems to be at least one repetitive element in each song that is placed there simply to be so annoying that when they remove it, you get this rush of relief. And the way some things are processed is so over the top it throws off the balance of the mix completely. Absolutely fatiguing. I'd honestly prefer to listen to the more "linear, close minded, shiny, robotic, superficial" electronic music they disparaged in interviews than have to sit through this high contrast carnival ride again.

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Sat Jun 17 2023
2

I must have my lists mixed up. This is clearly from "1001 albums that will bore you to death befeor you die for real." 1.5/5

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

What an album, one of the original acts from what was the birth of the mainstream house scene that we know today. It gives me "Ministry of Sound" vibes well before it was propelled into existence. Best: Rendez-Vu, Stop 4 Love, Worst: N/A Couldn't fault it, a fantastic debut for Basement Jaxx!

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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

I’m honestly getting sick of the weird amount of electronica albums I’ve gotten recently. As I listen to each of these, I’ve come to realize why daft punk and fatboy slim have lasted into the 21st century while all of the artists like this one are relics of the 90s at this point. Not as bad as the last album though. Fav song: red alert

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Thu Nov 12 2020
5

jesus the first half of this is weird. it chills out a bit after that but the first like 5 songs and then a couple afterwards are simultaniously very dated to the late 90s while also being insanely ahead of their time. yo-yo is practically just deconstructed club but with 90s dance. theres ridiculous autotune vocals, sloppy singing about vampires or whatever, and the chorus has some insane glitchy sounds like ?????????? the more normal stuff is super sick too. being with u is super pretty, almost everything here is pretty jammin. the vocals are a little obnoxious on the first track but its mostly good. really cool 90s dance album with a few tracks thatre just kind of insane? Great Music 9/10

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Fun album. Some very catchy tunes. Would listen again.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Love these guys, so decent and nostalgic too. Straight from first track feels like it's gonna be a 4 or 5 🤙. Red Alert big tune, Bingo Bango too. Halfway through, feels like a 4. Ended up being like a 4.5, some great tunes but just not quite enough for a 5.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Bumpy! Some interesting ideas and benefits from not being super self-conscious and serious. Not a fan of the autotune. Fav track: Same Old Show.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Rendez-Vu, U Can't Stop Me, Red Alert, Bingo Bango Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Good house music. Loved the layers and little sounds that were almost like Easter eggs scattered around the songs. Really rewards multiple listenings. That being said, it's still house music, and comes with all the negatives of that genre. 3.5 rounded down, but still a great example of this kind of music.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

This is the debut album from duo Basement Jaxx, and it was well received critically. This house music album challenged the edm scene at the time by trying different elements in their songs, to break out of the established linear and robotic edm music of the 90's. As a classic house music album, there will be a couple songs for each and everyone to like, but not everyone shares the same tastes for dance music so not all of the songs will be winners. This album may have been overhyped at release, but its music still holds up today as classic house. I enjoyed listening to this album since I would say edm is my favorite genre, and this may be the first house album I've encountered on this list.

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Sun Jan 29 2023
3

Yo Yo Yo YoYoYoYo Bumtsbumtsbumts. Werd. Repetitive house music isn't my thing but as a 90's kid, the Basement Jaxx were kind of hard to ignore. They were on a lot of the soundtrack of my youth. Though I didn't listen to this specific record, I never liked or disliked them. Listening to this now, it fine. I see it's appeal. But listening to it on a Saturday morning while drinking coffee and playing a game on my cell phone is not exactly the intended venue for this sort of thing. I will say, it gave my sub a workout.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
2

An album and a sound that hasn’t aged well. There are a couple of good tracks on here but it’s far too long, most of it is tedious and the whole album sounds tired and dated now

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

Like most EDM-derived music, this album is best judged on the dancefloor instead of my home office. Regardless, the only high point on this album for me was Red Alert, which had a great dirty bass synth and a tremendous beat to drive it. Everything else is really just alright. Nothing terrible, but I don't think I'd ever come back to this album again.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

I haven't been too thrilled about this one. Progressive house from the late 1990s is far outside my wheelhouse and I've never heard many albums in this style, so it will take a lot of getting used to (and I'm not there yet). I'm struggling to distinguish all the tracks after three listens. That said, it probably didn't help that the first time I heard it was while staying with my parents, punctuated by my mum sweeping in and out and lamenting the noise I'm listening to nowadays. Not too surprisingly, the tracks bearing most of a semblance to songs were the ones that stuck with me- these were generally the singles. "Red Alert" and "Bingo Bango" offer strong hooks, memorable vocals and distinctive sampling- if more of the album had been in this vein, I might have enjoyed it more. Instead there were waves of repetitive four-to-the-floor ("Yo-Yo", "Same Old Show") and a few more daring sonic experiments that seemed like they were designed to show off production technique rather than to inspire a listener to move, or to actually feel something ("Always Be There", "Don't Give Up"). Stretch these two characteristics out over 57 minutes and 12 songs and the overall effect was an album washing over me, moving around me rather than through me. As well as the two highlights mentioned above, I'd also single out the interesting use of acoustic guitar sampling in "Rendez-Vu", along with the smooth melody in "Being With U". I also enjoyed the Latin-influenced percussion in places, brightening up the mellow "Stop 4 Love" and more obviously in "Bingo Bango". Barring that, I really don't think I'll be coming back to this one to listen to without jumping around in a club. I appreciate that if this style of music in general was my bag, I might recognise how it pioneered a movement, everything it influenced, how ahead of its time it may be. But in my very limited view of the genre, "Remedy" does nothing to suggest it's reinventing the wheel or presenting a radical step forward in dance music.

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Mon May 02 2022
2

Background music. This kind of album is always hard to review because you're not supposed to be listening to it from the comfort of your home with breakfast in hand. I hated the song with the random moaning woman. What an annoying sample.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
2

Reminds me of being 17, but not in a good way - just sounds like everything I had to tolerate on the radio. Could easily be Fatboy Slim or Moby, or any of the other cash-in copyists that followed.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
2

Almost every song had the same beat. Pretty wild we’ve gotten so many late 90’s electronic albums on here because they all sound so similar which should disqualify them from this list

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Wed Jun 28 2023
2

I remember when this album had a moment in culture. Don’t think this was good tho

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Wed Jul 12 2023
2

HL: "Rendez-Vu", "U Can't Stop Me", "Stop 4 Love".... maybe "Jump n Shout"? I guess it deserves props for making Daft Punk want to make better music after Homework (Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk proclaimed the album as "better than [theirs]." - Spin Magazine) Inventive and quirky, some of the instrumentals are grating as heck, watched a couple music videos for the singles only to have the strobe-light visuals overwhelm me further. Idk what the take away is, do I need to be on molly to wholeheartedly enjoy this? 2.5 July 11, 2023 (later)

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Tue May 25 2021
5

I love EDM, so this will be great.

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Sun May 09 2021
5

Every single song, doesn't fail to impress me. It's house music but reshaped

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

First that I have heard of Basement Jaxx. I enjoyed this album! Excellent house dance music for my ears and mood today! I had my first listen last night and I liked it, but didn't love it. Today I listened again and loved it! The tracks kept me dancing and wanting more! Red Alert!!

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Pretty chill electronic album.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Uno de las mejores cosas que he escuchado so far aquí. Para ser del 99 suena al 2022. Glorioso. Un montón de tracks tienen autotune, suena muy actual está bien loco.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

Nice. I'd only heard most of these songs as remixes from much later. Easy listening house you love to see it.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Pacing is perfect in each song and the album. Not even my favourite basement jaxx album, but still pretty great

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

This... is the complete opposite of anything I would typically listen to and yet I was blown away by every second of this album. So raw, so versatile, yet so clean. Exactly what I was aiming for by doing this 1001 Albums thing - to broaden my horizons and this album here did it.

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Wed Jan 11 2023
5

Great to hear this on again!!!

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Thu Jan 26 2023
5

The beats on this are unbelievable. Some of them hit me real hard, and some of them are just so creative, energetic, or out of the left field. Red Alert is an especially great track!

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Mon Mar 20 2023
5

I can hear how this influenced Steve Aoki, Guetta, Glitch Mob. This album was a banger. Saved Jump n' Shout, many notable tracks including Red Alert as another stand out. Guess it's a 5!

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Sun Oct 01 2023
5

The rhythm, the tracks, the Basement Jaxx! This album helped get me into electronic music (bought a used CD in 2009 or so and proceeded to wear it out), so I'm biased. But yeah, this whole album is fuckin' popping imho. Particularly Bingo Bango and Rendez-Vu, but every song has its place and its own charm to me. Stop 4 Love, for instance, has an ethereal and experimental quality to it that feels more like something that would've come out a lot closer to the present, or at least come from another artist. The people calling this a generic dance album obviously weren't listening very closely (or quit out of the album early). Anyway, easy 5. It's not Discovery or whatever, but this will always be a classic to me. It's got a couple flaws imo, but I also don't really care about them because I fucking love it. Basement Jaxx have some killer singles that came later, but none of their albums ever beat this one.

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

one of the coolest ones so far, experimental and interesting and blending of a lot of different sounds

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Sun Dec 10 2023
5

The stuff that came out when you were an adolescent.... that's the purest form of nostalgia. Even if you never actually heard it, it can still put you in that specific emotional world. Everything about 1999 was moody and sexy. IIt must've been a hard time for asexuals, way harder than for gay people. They didn't have marriage yet, but who would want to get married when shit like this was coming out?

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Thu Dec 28 2023
5

Yeah, this is just end to end fun. Never picked up on The Selecter sample when I was young, just makes me like it even more. It's a 9/10 album, but I'm rounding up cos it makes me smile.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

First 70-degree day of 2024; working on the chicken coop

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Wed Mar 20 2024
5

So fun. Just bopping along while working.

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Thu Apr 04 2024
5

This album is so cunty (positive connotation)

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Wed May 29 2024
5

Great album. Brings back memories.

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Wed Jun 12 2024
5

Pretty dang cool and exciting house album, def need to revisit

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Wed Jun 12 2024
5

That was so good! I didn’t love every song, but the ones I did were so so groovy! Yea!

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Tue Jul 02 2024
5

Absolutely classic house. I typically prefer more deep house stuff but as far as the more upbeat, dancey side goes this is impeccable. I love the Latin flavor throughout it.

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Wed Jul 24 2024
5

Filled to the brim with juicy details, this album fills in the gaps left by many electronic music groups putting way too much faith in thei staying power of their loops. Some groups nail the satisfying loop and create repetitive 5+ minute long songs worth listening to, but Basement Jaxx largely accomplish this satisfaction differently by frequently adding in new elements, and starting off dense to begin with. They're clearly masters of sound production, so many sounds and samples feel so novel. This shit must be so much fun at clubs. Overall, I feel that this has shown me a different approach to club friendly music that retains it's craftsmanship through unique sounds and rewards over a loop rather than a really solid loop. Some songs start off weak here and there, but I felt that all of them build to something with a great, continous, delicious payoff.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

It's some good house, need to remember to throw it on for some parties, but I'm not much of a house head.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

We had a group of sixth formers in my school who were all brass players and they were called basement jaxx or maybe it was jazz on reflection but I was expecting trumpets so this is a nice surprise. I also just had a lot of sugar

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

So colourful and fun. Very enjoyable pop music. Love the hits, but drags a bit during the "filler". Bingo Bango <3. Stop 4 Love is also a really nice tune.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Great stuff for any year, let alone '99. The last three tracks in particular look forward to some of the more aggressive EDM to come.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Ik verwachtte wat eentonig gedoe, maar kreeg heel wat variatie en werd zowaar vrolijk van dit album!

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Llegó para revolucionar la música de baile con su House revitalizado y revitalizante. Bailongo total.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Fun 70s disco flavor. Made for a nice ride into work...

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Never heard any of their early stuff. I can see they had a lot of innovation going and sound that carried forward. Can’t say much of this was ultra memorable but it’s a good enough listen.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Loved to start, wasnt so sure about the second half which is a shame. Still full of great tracks though

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

some funky good time rollin tunes for the soul of a desperate man with no trouble on his mind or heart

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Freakin awesome. Some missteps but I ain’t mad at it

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

I find "Where's Your Head At" to be rather grating, so I did not have high expectations for this. AND YET. Some supremely gnarly grooves, and some truly beautiful melodies. A kickass album from front to back.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Asskolli hresst. Hélt mér á róðrarvélinni í tæpan klukkutíma!

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Good soundtrack to a Lime scooter into the valley on a Thursday

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

Great dance music album. I was familiar with a few of the songs on this album already and liked them. My favorite songs: “Rendez-Vu” - great dance track “Jump n’ Shout” - nice variety, with its super fast lyrics “U Can’t Stop Me” - great vocal performance “Red Alert” - I remember this song well, felt like 20 years ago back on the dance floor “Always Be There” - the off-kilter beats and smooth sound give more nice variety to the album “Same Old Show” - fun samples, I’m a sucker for the moan “Bingo Bango” - great Brazilian-feeling dance tune - perhaps my favorite on the album This is a fun listen. Enjoyed it a lot!

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

I had a great time dancing for the first half-hour or so and then I was tired and ready to lie down. Terrific fun ... for a while.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

I have gotten to listen to a good variety of electronic dance music so far on this project. Because this genre is by nature repetitive, it can veer to tedious and boring. I didn't feel that with this album. I love the little interludes, especially "Jazzalude," and I like the variety of sounds that each track has while still feeling cohesive to the whole album.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Ktebt 5 Saf7at Fy 3l Bouheli Mte3 Dostoevsky. Still Waiting For Calls.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Fuck yeah, this was cool. One of my favorite parts of doing this list has been discovering these sample-heavy records

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Very interesting house album. Plenty of great tracks that sound slightly ahead of their time, but also a few tracks that fall a bit short. Fun listen though.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

6th July 2022 Listened while travelling in and finished in the office. Went for post work beers then met Cox after. Love a bit of basement jaxx, they have such a unique sound which you could call a mile off.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

It’s a good record, but it’s just not for me.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Really fun adventurous electronic album. Though the interludes don't add much and there are some autopilot tracks, when they turn it on, it's lit. Bingo Bango and Rendez-Vu are super strong.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

This felt like watching adult swim as a 7 year old. I listened to a lot of it a second time, and it grew even more on me. This album borders on a 5. Best songs: Red Alert, Yo-Yo, Worst Songs: Same Old Show

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Chill vibes, cool songs. I like it. Idk house I guess?

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Dance electronic music a la Daft Punk. I only knew BJ from "Where's Your Head At?" but this album was really enjoyable from front to back. Added a couple songs to spotify

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

What a way to start a vacation weekend

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Rendez vu, Yo yo, U can’t stop me, Bingo bango

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