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Album Review

The Brighton Port Authority is yet one more way that Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim, aka Beats International) has found to gather world-class musical weirdos around him and collaborate with them on the creation of funky, hooky, wave-your-hands-in-the-air dance pop. Unlike his other projects, though, this one apparently stretches way back into the 1970s, when many of the rough tracks on this collection were originally recorded. Over the years, Cook and his collaborator Simon Thornton worked with such disparate singers and songwriters as Iggy Pop, Martha Wainwright, David Byrne and Pete York, and though a good amount of this material was clearly added in much more recently (Dizzee Rascal's contribution to "Toe Jam," for example, is clearly not of 1970s vintage, nor does Iggy Pop sound like the young man he would have been back then), there's a sense of anarchic fun to the proceedings that is very much reminiscent of the best music of the '70s and '80s. Cook being Cook, though, the fun is kept under pressure: there's a sense of impending explosion energizing Iggy Pop's "He's Frank (Slight Return)," a crazily careening, Clash-y punk-funk groove behind Jamie T's "Local Town," and a tightly wound Caribbean rhythm underlying Byrne's utterly brilliant "Toe Jam." And Ashley Beedle's "Should I Stay or Should I Blow," with its hooky melody and alternating Latin and ska grooves, explicitly anticipates the Beats International sound to come. Not a single track disappoints.

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the BPAmazing

sick blend of genres, starstudded singles featuring david byrne, iggy pop. its a good thing. Theyre all great, but toe jam just takes it to a whole other level

Funky, Smooth, Rock `n Roll, Hip-Hop, Pop

It covers all the bases folks! Great music, great voices singing great lyrics. I cannot explain the incredible music... Also, Check out the Toe Jam Video, Funny As Hell!!

First Great Album of 2009

I have never been a fan of Fatboy Slim, his song Rockafella Stank annoys me to no end. So naturally I was skeptical of his new project, The Brighton Port Authority. I could not have been more suprised! Everyone should download this album. My Favorite Tracks: He's Frank, Should I Stay or Should I Blow, Seattle, Superman, Toe Jam, So It Goes


Genre: Pop

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Introduced with a flimsy and fairly nonsensical invented back story about some long-lost tapes discovered in a dockside warehouse, the Brighton Port Authority is in actuality a new project spearheaded by Norman Cook, the electronic producer better known as Fatboy Slim. After achieving notoriety as perhaps the most visible proponent of Big Beat electronica, Cook kept a low profile since his late-'90s heyday, releasing only one (generally disregarded) Fatboy Slim album in the 2000s, but the BPA marked...
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