This week we continue our newly released album review with
Jamiroquai – Automaton
Review: Jamie Read.
As the first album my mum ever bought me, Jamiroquai has always been a band held close to my heart.
They have a certain sense of nostalgia for me, a reminder of childhood.
Therefore their releases always excite me, with the last coming seven years ago.
That’s a long wait between releases. Rock Dust Light Star wasn’t, at points, one of my favourites so I certainly pondered how Automaton would sound.
Thankfully, it is like old-school Jamiroqui.
There’s funk, a psychodelic sound and an album cover with lead singer Jay Kay in an out-there hat.
The album starts with Shake It On and what I loved about it is that Jay Kay’s voice takes centre stage. With some synth-sounds in the background of the verses, it leads into a rising chorus that’s fantastic.
This is a theme of the album. The choruses seem so well thought out. They complement the music and become so memorable, Cloud 9 is especially good for this.
The fast pace on Superfresh is fantastic. The music keeps pace with the vocals, ironically it’s so good you feel like you’re on cloud nine.
There were some funny and well-thought out lyrics to Something About You, a song about feelings towards a partner.
“You’re like Candy Crush, two hits I was addicted to ya.”
The music is all quite similar, but while this is a huge negative for some artists – Jamiroquai is so unique it’s almost acceptable.
Jamiroquai was once a popular choice for something alternative, which in today’s charts doesn’t actually set them apart.
However, it takes nothing away from this fantastic artist’s nostalgic work.
Overall star rating: 4/5
Songs to play on repeat: Shake It On, Cloud 9, Superfresh, Something About You