Crazy Itch Radio - Basement Jaxx
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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. neocellare
    Oct 10, 2006
    10
    I love this album, truly, i just can stop to hear it.
  2. SunilV
    Sep 5, 2006
    9
    Give it time! Are they back to their formal glory? Well, yes and erm, no. You see, in many ways Kish Kash was their most cohesive album and Give it time! Are they back to their formal glory? Well, yes and erm, no. You see, in many ways Kish Kash was their most cohesive album and Remedy their least, but no one will forget the hit singles from Remedy, so it all depends on what you're looking for. I've had this playing on itunes almost continuously for a day and boy does it grow. There's enough innovation (banjo anyone?) and trademark Basement malarky to raise this well above the usual dance dross and the more you listen the more surprises ensue. Cohesive - not every time (and the interludes are just dumb, though the intro is perfect leader stuff). Without a doubt, this album raises the spirits and makes you love dance music all over again. Expand
  3. ThomasG
    Oct 3, 2006
    9
    awesome album, different from the rest but still great!
  4. JoonL
    Sep 11, 2006
    8
    I feel the singles collection and Rooty has raised expectations for Basement Jaxx to absurd levels. Crazy Itch Radio isn't a I feel the singles collection and Rooty has raised expectations for Basement Jaxx to absurd levels. Crazy Itch Radio isn't a masterpiece, but it's still a fun listen and interesting considering a vast portion of mainstream dance music nowadays sounds like generic Ministry of Sound remixes. Also, while the album seems to mix too many eclectic influences together, I'd rather have a group trying too many ideas than too few. Expand
  5. Dec 7, 2010
    7
    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 loveAlthough 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
  6. Dan
    Sep 13, 2006
    7
    Probably really give this a 7.5. Some tracks are forgettably mediocre, but others are triumphantly swell. It's still above-average Probably really give this a 7.5. Some tracks are forgettably mediocre, but others are triumphantly swell. It's still above-average altogether, but below expectations for what I wanted out of a new Jaxx LP. Definitely check out standout tracks like "Take Me Back To Your House," "Hey You," and "Everybody." Expand
  7. CraigL
    Sep 11, 2006
    1
    What happened. Annoying, annoying singers. Lost the plot.

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