our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
Groove Armada are best know for their sole hit, 2000’s club
smash “I See You Baby,” they are not just another
cog in the world of disposable dance song artists. The duo of
Tom Findlay and Andy Cato expand on the techno sensations from
their previous releases, Vertigo and Goodbye Country
(Hello Nightclub) and delve into rap, reggae and even metal
loaded guitar riffs on Lovebox.
the CD opening “Purple Haze” (which has nothing to
do with the Hendrix classic) lags, the drum driven “Madder”
reels in shades of (circa ’96) Prodigy while “Final
Shakedown” brims over with atmospheric beats and trip-hop
lyrics. Not just intent on aggressive grooves, Lovebox
also contains one of the paramount soul ballads of the year with
the heartwrenching “Hands of Time.”
Some well chosen cameos from Woodstock
survivor Richie Havens and the long time “missing in action”
Neneh Cherry (who shines on the track “Groove Is On”)
round out the eclectic and satisfying set.
With a reputation for meticulousness and
stern focus, Findlay and Cato just may turn out to be the Steely
Dan of the club world.
liked Love Box...
1. Purple Haze
2. Groove Is On
5. Think Twice
6. Final Shakedown
7. Hands Of Time
8. Tuning In
11. But I Feel Good