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Travelling Without Moving
     

Travelling Without Moving

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by Jamiroquai
 

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With their second album, Travelling Without Moving, Jamiroquai confirm their place as one of the most distinctive ensembles in pop music. An innovative band that's also unabashedly derivative, this British bomb squad incorporates the stylings of such masters as Stevie Wonder, Peter Frampton,

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With their second album, Travelling Without Moving, Jamiroquai confirm their place as one of the most distinctive ensembles in pop music. An innovative band that's also unabashedly derivative, this British bomb squad incorporates the stylings of such masters as Stevie Wonder, Peter Frampton, Herbie Hancock, and Jimmy Cliff into its own idiosyncratic grooves. Thus, this trippy, modern disc is a hodgepodge of everything cool from dance music's golden ages. Deee-Lite succeeded in a similar quest for a while, but Jamiroquai give themes of hedonism, love, drugs, and immortality a sonic substance that's as inspiring as Earth, Wind and Fire's strong and singular sound. In typical fashion, the hectic title track leaps and hustles, taking off from an intense Booker T. and the MG's-type groove. The "Sir Duke"-esque "Virtual Insanity," house-y "Cosmic Girl," and late-'70s-Curtis-Mayfield-inducing "Alright" are the obvious hits of the record, though the crew's eclectic sensibilities are showcased on the instrumental tracks "Didjerama" and "Digital Vibrations." Led by Jay Kay's fluid vocals, Jamiroquai triumph in bringing a live feel to an album that, both impressionistic and forward-looking, personifies the postmodern pastiche.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Travelling Without Moving deepens the acid jazz and '70s soul fusions of Return of the Space Cowboy, yet it doesn't have the uniform consistency of its predecessor. Nevertheless, Jamiroquai's fusions sound more fully realized with each outing, which makes its patchy songwriting forgivable.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/1997
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646790328
catalogNumber:
67903

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Travelling Without Moving 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a wonderful album, complete with a fantastic hidden track. But in the interest of pushing new fans in the right direction, "Return of the Space Cowboy" in 1994 was Jamiroquai's second album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
alright? Smooth, chilled, relax, hyper, cosmic. Basically it's the best Acid Jazz. Jay Kay's in the zone.