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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


I bought this album when it first came out back in 1993. "Blow Your Mind" is *still* one of my favorite songs 13 years later. Jamiroquai's sound has evolved over the years, so new fans should preview the songs before buying the album.

Overall, a great album

I didn't really start listening to Jamiroquai until I heard "Traveling Without Moving" so this review is probably for those in a similar situation. I haven't really listened to any of their earlier stuff until now and I found Emergency on Planet Earth is an over great CD to listen to getting dressed in the morning. It's not as funky as the later stuff and more awesome background music that you want to dance to at a dinner party, bbq, etc. I highly suggest this album because it rounds out a good Jamiroquai collection.


So usually, a band's first album still has some rough edges. Not Emergency On Planet Earth! Even to this day, you can see how they've 'evolved from Emergency' but they haven't abandoned their sound. Awesome stuff!!


Formed: 1992 in London, England

Genre: Pop

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

Active since the early '90s, Jamiroquai have amassed a steady stream of hits in their 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 its career, but through it all, their leader has remained singer/songwriter Jason Kay (aka J.K.). Born on December 30, 1969,...
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