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It’s a good job I didn’t have to pay for this CD because all the tracks that haven’t been released as singles are all pants. Canned Heat, Supersonic (renamed soooooooooooooo personic by my Uni friends) and King for a Day are all worth listening to. Groovy tracks that make you want to drive recklessly, whether you are driving one of Jay’s smart cars, or not. Sadly, the rest of the tracks are a disappointment. Jamiroquai’s jazz tendencies have taken over from groovy pop melodies and we are left with a collection of obscure tracks that don’t seem to follow any pattern, and the music is completely unpredictable. They sound like the kind of tracks that are probably incredibly invigorating, fun and releasing to play and to sing, but that don’t really do anything for me at all to listen to. Sorry!
Coinciding with Jay Kay's move from eco-warrior to fast car owner, Jamiroquai have become progressively more mainstream over the course of their four albums. To dyed-in-the-wool fans they have sold out, sacrificing their beliefs, politics and acid jazz to chart-oriented pop music with some residual funk providing the only memory of their wilder days. But they have certainly increased their fan base, and their more recent tracks are considerably better suited to discos, clubs and general entertainment. The chart-topping single “Canned Heat” kicks off the album, and despite somewhat vacuous lyrics, the funky background holds it together and makes for a great song. One thing to be said for Synkronized as a whole is that it is more eclectic than some previous albums (the songs don’t all sound the same, which to many listeners they did on Travelling Without Moving). The band moves between provocative aggression (“Black Capricorn Day”, “Where Do We Go From Here”) and a more soulful, introspective side on “Falling” and “Butterfly”. What some readers may not know is that the last track, “King For A Day”, was a late addition to the running order after bassist Stuart Zender left the band while the album was being recorded. Jay Kay, not known for his humility, was upset by the incident, and this vitriolic last song is addressed to Zender. It may be of interest to know that all the bass lines were laid down before he left, but when Nick Fyffe replaced him he was asked to re-record the bass for each track on the album. As a proud owner of all four albums I have to say that for me, none of the albums live up to the one they came after (except possibly the second). Nonetheless, with songs like “Soul Education,” “Butterfly” and “Where Do We Go From Here,” this is undoubtedly an excellent album. Worth buying.
Major disapointment! Jamiroquai has unfortunately crossed over from jazzy/funk to cheesey disco. The string section sounded good on Traveling Without Moving but Synkronized is chock full of cheesey disco strings and uninspired bass lines. The new bass player does not even compare. The one thing they did right this time was cut the album time down instead of overindulging like they did on their previous albums. If you like the single Canned Heat then you will probably like the rest of this album. Personally, I think Canned Heat is an overproduced piece of disco-cheese. Forget this album and buy Travelling Without Moving for the funkier stuff. If you like it less dancy and more jazzy go back to their first two albums. Otherwise, go get yourself some Funkadelic.
So what do you think of the hatted one? Critics have been asking this question for a while now evr since he came on the scene in 1992. Jamiroquai has sold over 8 million records and has loads of hits. This is his fouth album and is easily reconisible. It has clever string parts and soft sound with a disco feel a wonderful combination that will leave you wanting more. If I were you I would have already have bouyght it!!
.......you'll love this CD. I bought this solely on the strength of 'Canned Heat' and 'King for a Day'. A bit of a gamble but what a gamble it turned out to be! If you haven't guessed I really like this album. I can't help but dance in my chair as I listen. 'Black Capricorn Day' is a good album track and 'Falling' is full of mood. This is more than just Pop, it has soul and a bit of funk. Also no bad tracks to skip over. Listen to 'King For a Day' and if you like it buy the album.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Canned Heat [Album Version]
2 Planet Home
3 Black Capricorn Day
4 Soul Education
6 Destitute Illusions
9 Where Do We Go from Here?
10 King for a Day