Jamiroquai
Synkronized


3.5
great

Review

by ocelot-05 USER (20 Reviews)
October 1st, 2005 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


Note: I haven't listened to this album in about 5 years or so. Therefore, consider my review a first-time listen review.

In 1999, I saw a music video in which people were dancing in small rooms. I don't remember any specifics, but I remember thinking "Who is this guy" He is great!" This guy was Jamiroquai, and he was one funky guy. I told my mum about it, and she got Synkronized for my ninth birthday. A friend once told me that Lenny Kravitz was the coolest guy on earth. I said no, no, he's a wanker. Jamiroquai is cool. And buy God, he can sing.

1) Canned Heat
The song I mentioned earlier was Canned Heat. The song encourages you to dance, to put it simply. Only I thought he was saying "Got candy in my heels, big ben" instead of canned heat in my heels, baby. Oh well, I was only nine, so I wasn't really one for analyzing the lyrics. Canned Heat is a warm, bouncy, not to mention funky song that really does make you want to dance. Maybe it's because the word "Dance!" is repeated over and over again. Canned Heat lasts 5:30, which is very rewarding for a pop song, as most barely reach 3;30. 4/5

2) Planet Home
Planet Home starts out with a cheesy keyboard tune that is very catchy. The verses are cool, but the chorus is pretty weak. The lyrics are cheesy too; "There's no place like Planet Home. I wanna' go now." I don't find this song particularly appealing or emotion-evoking. 2/5

3) Black Capricorn Day
The song starts out with an awesome 70's sounding guitar melody. This is probably the funkiest song on the album. There are many layers to the song, with a trumpet, trombone, strings, keyboards, guitar, bass, and heavy percussion. I suppose this song is rather cheesy, but I still like it. 3/5

4) Soul Education
Soul Education, along with having a great title, has a fantastic tune and beat to it. The chorus is plaintive and heartwarming, and makes me think of a guy I saw on a London tube station listening to it on a boombox. It is a very enjoyable and care-free song, great for when you're feeling down. The song talks about the effects of music on the body, oddly enough.
3.5/5

5) Falling
Falling is a nice, mellowed out song. It is probably the softest song on the album, and Jamiroquai's singing is the most gentle in this song. I find it atmospheric and soothing, even more so than some of the happier songs. The cliche lyrics about falling in love do not bother me; the vocals are far better. 4/5

6) Destitute Illusions
An ambient beat begins the song, distinguishing it from the others so far. It sounds a little bit like a modern twist on an old Pink Floyd song, but is still unique in its own way. The only words in the song are "You may think you're in heaven." I do not know exactly what this song is trying to convey, but to tell the truth, I don't care. Destitute is even more relaxed than Falling, and I give it a 4/5.

7) Supersonic
Supersonic starts with a didgeridoo, which sounds extremely cool. Despite the techno elements surrounding the song, Supersonic has a tribal feel to it. Supersonic was the second song I heard from Synkronized, having been played on the radio quite a bit when it was released. This song is very slick, partly because of some of the more electronica feel to it. Supersonic is one of the best songs on the album, in my opinion. 4.5/5

8) Butterfly
Oh God. Butterfly is a horrible song. I never listened to it before, and I still don't like it. I don't see anything wrong with skipping it, since Synkronized is more of track album than an album album. 1.5/5

9) Where Do We Go From Here"
Here's some advice, if you're ever in the recording process. If you can help it, don't put two bad songs back to back. I don't enjoy Where Do We Go From Here" any more than I do Butterfly or Planet Home. The music is as cheesy as ever, even by Jamiroquai's standards. Up to this point in the album, I think I have heard the word "baby" enough times already, but this song offers me some more. 1/5

10) King For A Day
King For A Day is a fantastic song, pure and simple. The piano harmony is good, the orchestration is good, the lyrics are good, the singing is brilliant. It is easily may favorite song on Synkronized. "Because it's true, what they say. You know it's true what they say. You want a king for a day. I guess you're happy that way" are the lyrics in the chorus. I think these are some of the best lyrics on the album. 5/5

11) Hidden Track
This is hardly a hidden track, as 11 always shows up on stereos and computers when you play the cd, but it is not named or mentioned on the cd case or booklet, so that's all I can really call. It begins with a dark, B horror movie keyboard melody, similar to "next heap with," by Aphex Twin. After about a minute, more funky music kicks in. The verses sound a bit dated, but they are still cool. The chorus, however, is awesome. "I'm going deeper underground. There's too much panic in this town," sings J. This song gets some power from not having a name, but it mostly speaks for itself. A dark, very slick track, worthy of a 4/5

I know that not many people know Jamiroquai, so it will be hard for most of you to relate to my review. I was not as detailed in this review as I usually am, but I didn't see that much point, because Synkronized is more or less a pop album, and the same sound is in quite a lot of the songs.

Highlights:
Canned Heat
Falling
Destitute Illusions
Supersonic
King For A Day
Hidden Track



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Senor_Whippy
October 3rd 2005


367 Comments


That hidden track my friend is called 'Deeper Underground' and it was released as a single (well, in the UK anyway) back in summer 98.Oh yeah,plus it was included on the Godzilla soundtrack.This Message Edited On 10.03.05

Final Origin
October 3rd 2005


843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is nowhere near as good as "The Return Of the Space Cowboy" but it is still a great album. If you want to check out Jamiroquai, get TROTSC, it's a classic.

ocelot-05
October 3rd 2005


807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey Senor Whippy, thanks for the info.

gimo80
December 25th 2005


230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just got this album today, absolutely superb yet most of the songs seem to share the same vibe a little bit, but in that sense it means it's pretty consistent.



Ocelot, not a bad review, but the information in Butterfly is really not very good, lol. You hate but you haven't listened to it?? Huh??



ocelot-05
December 26th 2005


807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gimo80, come New Year I'm going to fix some things in my reviews. Thanks for pointing out one of them. I spend a lot of time on my reviews, but this was something of a spur-of-the-moment review. I actually asked them to delete it, but maybe I'll just rewrite it completely.



As for the album, Gimo80, I'll agree with you about the overall vibe of the album. I wouldn't say it's superb by any means, though.

gimo80
December 28th 2005


230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I've read quite a lot of your most recent reviews and your writing style has improved a lot - this wasn't a bad review at all, just a little niggle there.







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FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
January 27th 2006


2806 Comments


Canned Heat will forever be famous, it's the Napolean Dynamite dance song.

Diabulus in musica
February 11th 2006


485 Comments


that movie is so stupid

humph42
March 11th 2006


12 Comments


Ah, memories of this album. I saw them, live around the time this came out. It was around the time they lost bassist Stuart Zender - they haven't recovered since, he really did add so much to their sound. Try the first 3 albums before this one, they really are so much better. Not saying this is crap, but quite inconsistant. p.s. I think 'where do we go from here?' is the best track on the album, but oh well!

omnipanzer
September 21st 2010


21825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I feel that a majority of there albums (this one included) are equally good which stands as a testament to there technical ability and tightness as a group. Good review I have loved this album for a long time. Minor gripe but he is Jay Kay and they are jamiroquai ;^)

jibbityjabber
March 21st 2011


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Ah. Well, it seems that the reviewer here knows what he's talking about, though it does seem as though he's a little bit disconnected. Example:

Only one guy dances in the white room on "Virtual Insanity", and that's Jay Kay.

His name isn't Jamiroquai. The band is Jamiroquai, he is Jay Kay.



One other thing, where does the whole "cheesy" thing come into play? You used it to describe "Black Capricorn Day" while it actually is the least cheesy song Jamiroquai has ever put out. That's the thing about them; their music never has been and never will be cheesy. It's too upbeat, cool, and groovy for that.



I do agree that "Butterfly" is certainly not the high point of the album, but I let it slide because no band will ALWAYS hit the right notes. It's not terrible, but it ain't good.



I'm glad you enjoy Jamiroquai; even though this was during the aftermath of the Stuart Zender reign, the album does a great job of staying up on top. It's very funky.

SharkTooth
December 19th 2015


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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