Jamiroquai
Rock Dust Light Star


4.0
excellent

Review

by insomniac15 STAFF
October 27th, 2010 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's been 5 years since Jamiroquai last put an album out, the 2005’s diverse "Dynamite". Are they still relevant?

The music scene changed much during their long absence and this may cost them a lot. But they have enough skill and diversity for a comeback and making this album a great listen.

The album starts with the title track, “Rock Dust Light Star”, that is somewhat reminiscent to the ”Travelling Without Moving“ era. Overall a nice listen, before moving on the first single and brilliant track White Knuckle Ride, a hi-octane retrospective song on Jay's life(and he's a man who has seen a lot throughout his life: cars, drugs, women, a lot of money, etc). The song has an infectious groove and already has its place up there with Jamiroquai’s dance floor classics like “Cosmic Girl”, “Alright”, “Canned Heat” or “Little L”.

The next song, "Smoke & Mirrors", is another highlight of the album, especially the chorus and the end section where the horns and background singers play along with Jay, who’s singing the song’s key lyric "You want your lover tonight". "All Good In The Hood" and the later "Two Completely Different Things" are nothing new but common Jamiroquai tracks having solid grooves, and it’s the band's experience that makes them sound good and not disposable.

The album's mid-section contains a string of ballad to mid-tempo tracks. "Hurtin’" is a laid back, almost lazy number where Jay's voice gets a bit hoarse and the background gospel-like vocals sound a bit out of place and the whole song builds up slowly, ending like a Sunday preaching with reverend Jay. While the ballad "Blue Skies" isn't the band operating at their peak, "Lifeline" is another great track, beginning with some "King For A Day"-like strings then switching to a lounge sound and to the lovely piano-driven chorus. A definite highlight.

The next couple of songs are more "vintage" Jamiroquai. "She's A Fast Persuader" is more about the instrumental, having a great trumpet solo and a funky bass & percussion breakdown (only with some "Dynamite" style vocoder touches) that harkens back to their first two albums' sound (e.g. Space Cowboy). "Goodbye To My Dancer" is a funkier song (with guitars similar to “Love Foolosophy” only considerably slower) backed up by more prominent bongos rhythms throughout it and “Never Gonna Be Another” is again a slow number, that’s a nice listen, similar to “Everyday” or “Tallulah”.

Album closer "Hey Floyd" is a notable surprise, with a more stripped African influenced drum rhythm & piano in the beginning, before bursting into more common territory on the chorus, then switching to a ska-like hook and back again. Even though it may sound cramped and too much, the track manages to flow smoothly and remain interesting.

Lyrically, throughout the album Jay switches from the typical love themes to the life retrospectives, "White Knuckle Ride" and "Lifeline", but it's the music that guides here really, rather than the words.

Overall, a great comeback album with an interesting diversity that makes you put Good Ol'Jamiroquai back on your playlists.

Highlights – “White Knuckle Ride”, “Lifeline”, “Smoke & Mirrors”, “Hey Floyd”



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It really doesn't matter if you're a fan or not: Rock Dust Light Star is an album for everyone....


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bloc
October 27th 2010


53352 Comments


Holy crap, didn't even know Jam was still making music. Used to love this guy back in the day.

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porch
October 27th 2010


8460 Comments


Are they still relevant?


no

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2010


32190 Comments


Will be checking this out

iisblackstar
October 27th 2010


431 Comments


used to love these guys when i was younger will definitely check this out.. hope its good

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010


7504 Comments


It's been 5 years since Jamiroquai last put an album out, the 2005’s diverse "Dynamite".


Drop "the" and "2005".

Also, do try to be a bit more colourful in your adjectives + description. Saying something is "funky", "lovely" or "great" is all well and good but it doesn't give me any clue as to why it deserves being attributed those adjectives. In other words, I don't know why I should be interested in this "funky" stuff that you describe. That's my opinion.

Hope that helps.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A Funk Odyssey and Travelling Without Moving are immense.



idk about this one, though, that is, i haven't listened to it yet.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010


4656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Irving - thanks for the suggestions. I tried to compare the songs' sound to other more known Jamiroquai tracks rather than describing them on their own only . I thought this way if someone liked for example Canned Heat, would give White Knuckle Ride a spin. Maybe I relied too much on the fact that everyone knows Jamiroquai's tracks.

cfbassist
October 31st 2010


358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is really good, i like that it has that dark acid jazz vibe that their first 3 albums had





Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2010


8050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First listen and this is already a 3.5 for me.



Definitely better than Dynamite







She's A Fast Persuader is so cooooooooooooool.....



Edit: This is an easy 4/5

Jimbo282
November 7th 2010


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't help but dance in my chair listening to this. Awesome album, lovin the funk/jazz feel.

Jimbo282
November 7th 2010


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

*double post*

Eskate87
November 20th 2010


959 Comments


this sounds good. gonna check it out even though i wasnt a fan really in the past.

omnipanzer
November 23rd 2010


21823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely a 4 for any fan. Not the best but better than those last two.

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dcha
January 12th 2011


990 Comments


Fucking love that funk/jazz/electronic feel that you would hear in a really chic NYC bar. Anyone have any recs of similar stuff?


I don't say chic.



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