Travelling Without Movingby Jamiroquai
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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Performance CreditsJamiroquai Primary Artist
Stuart Zender Bass
Simon Hale Conductor
Technical CreditsSolá Akingbolá Composer
Wallis Buchanan Composer
Jason Kay Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Toby Smith Composer
Stuart Zender Composer
Simon Hale Composer,String Arrangements,Score
James Harris Composer
Jay Kay Producer
Derrick McKenzie Composer
Simon Katz Composer
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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.
alright? Smooth, chilled, relax, hyper, cosmic. Basically it's the best Acid Jazz. Jay Kay's in the zone.