our score: 4.5 out of 5.0
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the Music Keeps On Playing
you just want an album full of songs that make you shake your
If that describes
your situation, you may as well go out and buy the Basement Jaxx
While no one
will claim Basement Jaxx is of the same deep and heady caliber
as fellow dance-oriented artist Moby, the songs on Remedy
more than make up for a lack in depth with an adrenaline shot
of fun and excitement. Acclaimed as one of the best dance albums
of 1999, Remedy succeeds most of all in avoiding the monotony
of many dance albums through the use of various guest vocalists,
samples and interesting instrumentation.
is unique and of similarly high quality - almost all the tracks
could stand out on their own. "Rendez-Vu," the album's
opener, is a definite floor thumper, using a computerized voice
not unlike that used by Cher and Eiffel 65 in their recent world-wide
smash singles. "Yo-Yo" and "Same Old Show"
are fun dub-like numbers, with the former utilizing yet another
computerized vocal to form it's mind-altering hook and the later
featuring what appears to be a call-out to an ancient Donna Summers
song with its droning orgasmic moans.
Stop Me" is one of the album's few down-tempo tracks, taking
on a slinky vocal and jazzy instrumentation. "Jump N' Shout"
moves at a lightning quick pace made even more insane by the Jamaican-like
chant that winds its way through the tribal background. Other
stand outs include "Red Alert" (which reached number
one on the dance charts) and "Bingo Bango," with its
interesting Latin-flavored production and dub-like sampling.
The only remotely
negative aspects of Remedy are the last two or three tracks,
which don't seem to live up to the quality shown at the beginning.
This may, however, simply be due to the fact that this reviewer
was up shaking his booty during the rest of the album and was
simply too worn out to fully appreciate the climax at the end.
3. Jump N' Shout
4. U Can't Stop Me
6. Red Alert
8. Always Be There
10. Same Old Show
11. Bingo Bango
13. Stop 4 Love
14. Don't Give Up
15. Being With U