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Tuesday, 4 September, 2001, 16:47 GMT 17:47 UK
Jamiroquai: Press views
Cover of A Funk Odyssey
A Funk Odyssey is the band's fourth album
Press reviews of A Funk Odyssey

The Guardian

The last three tracks suggest what's really on his mind, with the confession on Picture of My Life that "I've become a man who holds nothing dear". From the first time in 10 years the words "Jamiroquai" and "intriguing" are not mutually exclusive.

The Times

After almost a decade of hits, the old Jamiroquai sounds decidedly staid. With new-found fans such as Missy Elliott, Gang-starr's Guru and Busta Rhymes, a new sound and a metal headdress to replace that buffalo hat, the 21st Century JK is moving onwards. Now, if he could only do something about that image...

The Independent

Like its predecessors, A Funk Odyssey concentrates on feeding the feet while starving the mind, rattling out one infectious riff after another, few troubled by other than the most nugatory of lyrical concerns. The opener, Feel So Good is typical; wind effects and chimes lead into a loping funk bassline and burbling synthesiser backdrop for Kay's "journey to the outer atmospheres". But little thought has been expended on the hookline, which, like most on these 11 tracks, is repeated well beyond the point of irritation.

London Evening Standard

Slick disco licks, scattering house beats, twitchy hi-hat, jaunty Spanish guitar, bizarre techno-rock and stabs of acid-rave frequently override the inevitable squelchy Blaxploitation moments: but don't assume this means Jamiroquai have produced a decent album. Despite impeccable production, this panhistorical celebration of the dancefloor lacks more definition and coherence - and funk and soul - than ever.

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