Travelling Without Moving is probably one of my favourite albums of the 1990’s. Needless to say, when the news of a new album from Jamiroquai was released, I thought, interesting. However, you can’t help but worry a little when a band makes a comeback. As we all know, they’re not always good comebacks. Although Jamiroquai’s latest, Rock Dust Light Star, isn’t as good as previous albums, it is still pretty good and a solid album that the band can add to their repetoire.
On that note, you can’t expect their new album to be too much like their old ones. After all, it’s been five years since they released Dynamite, and surely the band/members have seen some sort of personal growth. The new album stays true to Jamiroquai’s signature jazz funk style, except this time around, the sound is a little more…mature.
The standouts definitely have to be “Rock Dust Light Star”, “White Knuckle Ride”, and “Hey Floyd”.The first two are the most mainstream tracks on the album. Although most people would choose the least mainstream tracks as their favourites, I’m continuously drawn to those two tracks no matter how much attention I pay to the other tracks on the album. As for the latter track, it starts off as a Caribbean jingle and then bursts into a dance floor jam. Awesome.
“All Good In The Hood” is another honourable mention and the closest sounding track to typical Jamiroquai. And long time Jamiroquai fans will want to check out “Two Completely Different Things” because it highlights Jay Kay’s sultry jazzy voice.
Jamiroquai fans will be happy to have their beloved Jay Kay back in action. From the sounds of it, he’s back and ready to pick up where he left off.
Label: Mercury UK
Favourites: Rock Dust Light Star, White Knuckle Ride, Hey Floyd