Scars

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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.
New York Times
Scars includes collaborations with Kelis, Santigold and Yoko Ono.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • UPC: 617465217524
  • Catalog Number: 2175
  • Sales rank: 96,420

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Scars - Chipmunk (4:15)
  2. 2 Raindrops (4:09)
  3. 3 She's No Good (3:25)
  4. 4 Saga - Santigold (2:41)
  5. 5 Feelings Gone - Sam Sparro (3:42)
  6. 6 My Turn - Lightspeed Champion (4:51)
  7. 7 A Possibility - Amp Fiddler (2:45)
  8. 8 Twerk (3:30)
  9. 9 Day of the Sunflowers (We March On) (5:58)
  10. 10 What's a Girl Gotta Do? - Paloma Faith (4:04)
  11. 11 Stay Close - Lisa Kekaula (3:00)
  12. 12 Distractionz (5:03)
  13. 13 Gimme Somethin' True - José James (5:28)
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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
Will Malone Conductor
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
Ed Seed Vocals
Brendan Reilly Vocals
Technical Credits
Basement Jaxx Producer, Engineer
Will Malone Arranger
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
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