Crazy Itch Radio - Basement Jaxx
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

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  • Summary: The duo's fourth album includes vocals from Linda Lewis, Lady Marga, and a chorus of 30+ African orphans (hey, we don't make this stuff up).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Infectious, progressive, immediate dance music.
  2. Where past albums like Rooty and especially 2003's Kish Kash seemed intent on eating listeners' brains by way of shuddering rhythms and hyper-dense pastiche, Crazy Itch Radio seems content to just lick those brains and let them get off on the restraint.
  3. 80
    Their best album since... Remedy. [Sep 2006, p.131]
  4. Nothing here has quite the same panache as club hits like "Bingo Bango" or "Romeo," but "Crazy Itch Radio" nonetheless contains a handful of songs that reassert Basement Jaxx's superior production skills and unfailing ability to get any dance party grooving.
  5. 64
    Uncharacteristically lazy beats, chintzy instrumentation, ambiguous "sexy soul" vocalists and third-grade lyrics. [#22, p.96]
  6. If you boarded the good ship 'Jaxx back in the Nineties, Crazy Itch Radio won’t see you throwing yourself overboard any time soon. If you were waving it away from the shore, though, this won’t see you splashing your way through the sea to catch up.
  7. 'Crazy Itch Radio' bumbles along with mid-paced beats and, it seems, too many disparate influences to really hold together.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Dec 7, 2010
    Although this will never be the album that you want to listen to over and over, it will be the one that you'll still find new reasons to love later on. The Jaxx's weakest album, but it's still a joy to listen to. Expand

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