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Barnes & Noble - Marie Elsie St. Léger
Following the breakout success of 1997's TRAVELLING WITHOUT MOVING, Jamiroquai triumphantly return to the airwaves with SYNKRONIZED. With a new set of songs, this British dance-pop ensemble sticks to the formula that first started their climb up the charts: singer Jay Kay's elastic, Stevie Wonder-infused vocals; tricky horns; lavish string arrangements, and a soul-funk groove or disco bounce to push the action along. "Canned Heat," the first single, boasts classic disco violins and the sizzle of the ever-present high hat, while a bass line burbles underneath. Throughout, there's plenty of '70s revisionism, as in the funky fuzz bass on "Planet Home," the airy ...
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Barnes & Noble - Marie Elsie St. Léger
Following the breakout success of 1997's TRAVELLING WITHOUT MOVING, Jamiroquai triumphantly return to the airwaves with SYNKRONIZED. With a new set of songs, this British dance-pop ensemble sticks to the formula that first started their climb up the charts: singer Jay Kay's elastic, Stevie Wonder-infused vocals; tricky horns; lavish string arrangements, and a soul-funk groove or disco bounce to push the action along. "Canned Heat," the first single, boasts classic disco violins and the sizzle of the ever-present high hat, while a bass line burbles underneath. Throughout, there's plenty of '70s revisionism, as in the funky fuzz bass on "Planet Home," the airy synths of "Destitute Illusion," and the reedy keyboards and SHAFT-inspired riffs of the standout "Black Capricorn Day." Add to that the sexy, groove-soaked ballads "Butterfly" and "Falling," and you get a sweet taste of what Jamiroquai's soul is all about.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Three years after their breakout Travelling Without Moving, Jamiroquai returned with another album that charts Jay Kay's continuing fascination with club-bound music of the 1970s -- from disco to jazz-funk to rare groove to later Motown -- but also shows signs of maturity. Produced by Kay with Al Stone, who also collaborated on Travelling Without Moving, the album includes several tracks like the single "Canned Heat" that work infectious acid jazz grooves, and Kay's hipster vocals give out feel-good vibes through a set of ambiguously good-time lyrics. Though other tracks show a bit of an electronica update to the affairs, each still spotlights how strong and tight the band is. It may not be a leap ahead in sound, but Synkronized is another solid Jamiroquai record.
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  • Release Date: 6/8/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646997321
  • Catalog Number: 69973

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Canned Heat (5:31)
  2. 2 Planet Home (4:44)
  3. 3 Black Capricorn Day (5:41)
  4. 4 Soul Education (4:15)
  5. 5 Falling (3:45)
  6. 6 Destitute Illusions (5:40)
  7. 7 Supersonic (5:15)
  8. 8 Butterfly (4:28)
  9. 9 Where Do We Go from Here? (5:13)
  10. 10 King For A Day (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jamiroquai Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Solá Akingbolá Percussion
Wallis Buchanan Didjeridu
Katie Kissoon Background Vocals
Beverley Skeete Background Vocals
Toby Smith Keyboards
DJ Zire Turntables
Derrick McKenzie Drums
Simon Katz Guitar
Nick Fyffe Bass
Technical Credits
Solá Akingbolá Composer
Wallis Buchanan Composer
The Kick Horns Horn Arrangements
Jason Kay Composer
David Malone Concept
Toby Smith Composer, Programming
Al Stone Producer, Engineer
Jamiroquai Arranger, Composer
Simon Hale Arranger, Composer, String Arrangements
Mike Marsh Mastering
Derrick McKenzie Composer
Simon Katz Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Bridge to the New Jamiroquai

    Acting as a bridge between the organic jazz funk of the early Jamiroquai and the electronica-driven disco of recent years, Synkronized is unjustly given a bad rap by fans looking for a reason to blame frontman Jay Kay's transformation from crusading jazz man to slicker-than-water pop star. A closer look finds the album to be one of the band's more varied works, as Jay and the crew (sans departing bassist Stuart Zender) jump from full-tilt disco (Canned Heat, Soul Education) to soulful balladry (Butterfly, Falling) to sonic atmospheres (Planet Home, Supersonic). Hints of the future electronica that would dominate their 2001 release, "A Funk Odyssey", show through on several tracks, but these tracks are balanced by undeniably live rhythm sections (Where Do We Go From Here is an example), solid beats from drummer Derrick McKenzie and percussionist Sola Akingbola, and of course, Mr. Kay's instantly recognizable voice that soars through the songs. Some songs take longer than others to grow on you (Black Capricorn Day and the instrumental Destitute Illusions), but once they do, the album becomes known as a solid slice of music period-even with the electronic touches. Fans believed that these were just some decorations for the sound back in 1999. Little did they know what was going to happen two years later...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's the male version of Sade's Love Deluxe

    Synkronized is smooth and mellow, but hip at the same time.

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