Scars

Scars

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by Basement Jaxx
     
 

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Previewed by "Twerk" -- their booty-disco, "Maniac"-quoting team-up with Yo Majesty -- plus the uplifting perfection of the five-star track "Raindrops" -- sung by member Felix Buxton with Auto-Tune on the assist -- Scars is an obvious return-to-form effort for Basement JaxxSee more details below

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Previewed by "Twerk" -- their booty-disco, "Maniac"-quoting team-up with Yo Majesty -- plus the uplifting perfection of the five-star track "Raindrops" -- sung by member Felix Buxton with Auto-Tune on the assist -- Scars is an obvious return-to-form effort for Basement Jaxx, reigning in the big conceptual ambition displayed on Crazy Itch Radio for better or worse. Getting back to everyday business sounds like sweet relief on tracks like the good-timing "Twerk," and while this is the lunk-headed party theme you'd expect from such a pairing, two of the other marquee-worthy collaborations far exceed expectations. First up is the hot-stepping, Santigold cut "Saga," which suggests that a shared love of the Clash and the Specials was discussed ahead of time. More stunning is the Yoko Ono team-up "Day of the Sunflowers (We March On)" which takes a "Walking on Thin Ice" strategy, supporting Yoko Ono's stark poetry reading with a razor sharp, no wave dance track. The wistful "My Turn" with Lightspeed Champion is like that grand, danceable dreamer that shows up towards the end of the best Pet Shop Boys albums, leaving only the Amp Fiddler effort, "A Possibility," up for debate, since adding new, rather average lyrics to Santo & Johnny's classic instrumental "Sleepwalk" seems an unispired move from this innovative crew. Still, it hardly breaks the album, and there's nothing here you could write off as true filler, but that perfect flow that made their masterpieces so thrilling is missing, plus the increased number of doubtful or regretful numbers referenced by the album's title seems to come from a totally different song cycle than the busy, rump-shaking stunners. Even if this is a bumpier ride than expected, Scars is a worthwhile throwback to the freak attitude that kicked off their career over a decade earlier. Anyone excited by the idea will find plenty to love.

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New York Times
Scars includes collaborations with Kelis, Santigold and Yoko Ono.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
Label:
Ultra Records
UPC:
0617465217524
catalogNumber:
2175

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Basement Jaxx   Primary Artist
Yoko Ono   Vocals
B.J. Cole   Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Montgomery   Bass
Peter James   Vocals
Dwayne M. Ellis   Vocals
Amp Fiddler   Vocals
Oli Savill   Percussion
Gene Perez   Bass
Joy Malcolm   Vocals
Jim Hunt   Saxophone
Felix Buxton   Vocals
London Studio Orchestra   Strings
Slarta John   Vocals
Andy Bauer   Drums
Sharlene Hector   Vocals
Channi Singh   Vocals
Finn Peters   Flute,Pan Pipes
Tanya Lacey   Vocals
Adam Noble   Vocals
Deantoni Parks   Drums
Lisa Kekaula   Vocals
Trevor Mires   Trombone
José James   Vocals
Devonté Hynes   Vocals
Meleka   Vocals
Vula Malinga   Vocals
Kay Shin   Vocals
Howard Rider   Vocals
Victoria Hesketh   Vocals
Shunda K.   Vocals
Chipmunk   Vocals,Rap
Santigold   Vocals
Ben Jaffe   Tenor Saxophone
Sam Sparro   Vocals
Serocee   Vocals
Paloma Faith   Vocals
Ed Seed   Vocals
Brendan Reilly   Vocals
Wil Malone   Conductor

Technical Credits

Basement Jaxx   Producer,Engineer
Mike Marsh   Mastering
Ed Valauskas   Engineer
Ratcliffe   Composer
Perry Mason   Instrument Technician
Farina   Composer
Adam Noble   Programming,Engineer
Mat Maitland   Art Direction
Jason Boshoff   Engineer
Andrew Mansi   Management
Howard Rider   Engineer
Sembello   Composer
Lee Slater   Engineer
Buxton   Composer
Wil Malone   Arranger

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