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Album Review

Jamiroquai made a large initial splash in 1993 with Emergency on Planet Earth, a psychedelic melange of tight funky rhythms, acid rock intimations, and '70s soul melodies. Frontman Jay Kay introduces himself with an environmentally oriented manifesto inside the sleeve, and his lyrics smack of idealist save the planet revolution. But this revolution would be held on the dancefloor if the band's impressive rhythm section had anything to say about it. Horns, string arrangements, and a didgeridoo provide full texture on most of the album's tunes, and the socially aware party vibe raged into the U.K.'s number one album slot. For a debut, Emergency shows quite a range of diversity, from the up-tempo jazzy instrumental "Music of the Mind" to the stop-start funk of "Whatever It Is, I Just Can't Stop."

Customer Reviews

Couldn't it just be for fun?

Acid Jazz heavyweights, this album is full of fancy playing, great songs delivered with a really crisp sound, and funk that would have Dr Funkenstein reaching for the heart pills. It's a judgement call, but personally I could do without the tepid environmental and world economy observations, but that's just me. Did I mention that these guys can play? Really play, they're crash hot, but the boneheaded faux environmental bleating (delivered by a man with a bazillion Ferraris in the garage) spoils it somewhat for me.

If you wanna learn how to play funk, you couldn't do better then listen to this album. Errr ... Except they play so well you'll probably put your instrument under the bed for a year.


Formed: 1992 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Active beginning in the early '90s, Jamiroquai has amassed a steady stream of hits in its native U.K. and experienced chart success in just about every other area of the world, with an irresistible blend of house rhythms and '70s-era soul/funk (the latter, especially, leading early on to claims of Stevie Wonder imitations). The band has gone though several lineup changes during their career, but through it all their leader has remained singer/songwriter Jason Kay (aka J.K.). Born on December 30,...
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